Over 160 professionals debate the offshore industry’s future challenges

Today, the president of the Gran Canaria Island Council (Cabildo), Antonio Morales, opened the 2nd Oil & Gas Meeting Day, organised by the Stier Group under the heading “Embrace the future – Opportunities in Western Africa” which has turned Gran Canaria “into the meeting point for businesses that provide services to the offshore industry, where international, national and Canary firms have the chance to debate the challenges the industry must address with a view to the future”.

Subjects such as legislation, risk management, professionalisation of the industry and respect for the environment, have been the focus of debate at this rendezvous which gathered over 160 professionals from the petroleum and gas industry at the Canary Islands Exhibition Area.

Following the opening ceremony, the director of the Corporation for the Economic Development of Gran Canaria (SPEGC), Cosme García, who was accompanied by the director of the Agency in Las Palmas of the Canary Islands Special Zone, Alejandro Cañeque, and the manager of the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, Elba Bueno, explained to the attendees the benefits of setting up their businesses in Gran Canaria. The tax advantages, the perfect work environment, the presence of qualified professionals and an excellent quality of life, are some of the arguments put forward by these institutions to convince attendees that Gran Canaria is the ideal place to establish their professional activities.

Organised by the Stier Group and the Norwegian firm Saga Subsea, the Oil & Gas Meeting Day was held in collaboration with organisations such as Proexca, the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), Ports of Las Palmas, the Gran Canaria Island Council, the Las Palmas Town Council, the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster and firms such as Albatros Marítimo, Hospital Perpetuo Socorro, AON, Canarship and Ateca.

The event was attended by members of various European and African governments, such as Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea and Cyprus, and numerous international firms in the petroleum and gas industry (oil companies, service providers, underwater services companies, universities, etc.).