Viper Presents and Exhibits at World’s Largest Subsea Event

March 3, 2023

Viper Innovations exhibited and presented at Global Underwater Hub’s Subsea Expo which took place between the 21st and 23rd February in Aberdeen. The event, which boasts being the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference, welcomed 150 exhibiting companies and over 6000 visitors from more than 60 countries during the 3 days of the event.

Free-to-attend, this year’s event took the theme of ‘Into the Blue’.  It looked to emphasise the scale of the economic opportunity offered by the underwater industry, which includes oil and gas, offshore renewables, decommissioning, defence, aquaculture, marine science, telecoms and cabling.

14 different conference sessions from 85 speakers took place during the event, with many key industry topics such as energy security, energy transition and offshore wind discussed.

On the second day of the event, Viper’s Commercial Sales Manager Thomas Mccudden took part in the ‘Cable Technologies for Floating Offshore Wind’ session. Presenting on ‘Offshore Renewables: The Challenges and Opportunities with Dynamic Cables’ he discussed how dynamic umbilicals are a core component of floating offshore wind installations and part of the critical infrastructure in generating and distributing renewable energy. Subsea Power cable failures are reported to account for 75-80% of the total cost of offshore wind insurance claims. In comparison, cabling makes up only around 9% of the overall cost of an offshore wind farm.

Viper Director Neil Douglas chaired the ‘Energy Transition’ session, which showcased insightful presentations from CONSUB Ltd, Wood, National Subsea Centre, Scottish Enterprise, Flotation Energy and Crondall Energy.

During the event, Thomas sat down with Energy Voice to discuss the event, along with how Viper are helping operators to extend the life to subsea assets around the world:

“It’s a good melting pot for people, and that’s what I enjoy – the range of people and talking to them about the challenges. The challenges they have in the North Sea are very similar to the challenges they have in other parts of the world, and there’s always something we can do for them.”

Listen to the full podcast episode here.

A fantastic time was had by all at Wednesday evening’s Subsea Expo Awards ceremony. More than 500 attendees came together for an evening of celebration, entertainment, and a delicious three-course meal. Engineer, space scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE shared her love of science with the audience and highlighted the connection between space and the sea in her keynote speech.

Congratulations to all the award winners, particularly Scientific Management International (SMI) who won the sought-after ‘Company of the Year’ award, which was sponsored by Viper and presented by Subsea Sales Manager James Carnegie. Read the event press release for details on winners of all the night’s awards here.

A big thank you to our guests for joining us: Ewen MacLean from Proserv, John Hird from Chevron, Rod Farquhar from Bridge Petroleum, and Sigurd Moe from TechnipFMC.