PIPER ALPHA: 25 YEARS ON

Oil & Gas UK will hold a major offshore safety conference at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) next week, Piper 25, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster which took the lives of 167 people on 6th July 1988.

With Piper Alpha as the central theme, the Conference aims to bring together people from across the oil and gas industry to reflect on the lessons learnt from the tragedy, review how far offshore safety has evolved since and to reinforce industry commitment to continuous improvement. The Conference will also explore broader safety issues and feature high profile International speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds.  The three days comprise both plenary and parallel sessions allowing delegates to tailor their individual programmes to their own areas of expertise and interest.

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “Piper Alpha was a huge tragedy which has affected many people in the North-East of Scotland and from all over the world. This Conference allows oil and gas industry professionals to come together and focus on how far the industry has progressed in the ensuing years, and is timely with Offshore Europe coming to the Centre in September.”

Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, commented: “This three day conference gives us an important opportunity not only to reflect on the awful tragedy of Piper Alpha but also on how much  we have learned and improved on offshore safety since that terrible day in 1988.

The safety journey must never end. So at Piper 25 we will hear from a series of leading speakers, from this country and abroad and from our own and other industries,   who will share their views and experiences to help us in our cause for  constant improvement on the safety of all our operations in the UK offshore areas”

Piper 25 is a three-day Conference which will take place at AECC from 18th-20th June 2013. The Conference is sold out, with over 700 expected to attend each day. For further information on Piper 25 visit www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/events.

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For more information on AECC please contact Sarah Coutts, Senior PR & Marketing Executive on 01224 330430 or email scoutts@aecc.co.uk.

For more information on Piper 25 visit www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/events.

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