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Energy-giants Chevron and Shell look to strike deals with East Anglian firms

PUBLISHED: 15:31 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:31 16 January 2014

EEEGR. Pic by Kieron Tovell

EEEGR. Pic by Kieron Tovell

© Keiron Tovell Photography 2011

Energy supply chain companies across the East of England have been urged to rise to the challenge of doing business with international petrochemical giants, Chevron and Shell.

Speakers from both companies gave presentations on business opportunities to around 70 delegates at a Meet the Buyer event arranged by EEEGR, the East of England Energy Group, at Norwich City FC Stadium.

For Chevron, this was the first time it had presented in the region and supply chain manager Scott Benzie said they were keen to extend their UK investment by looking beyond Scotland and embracing the East of England and its vast energy experience.

“We cannot operate in a vacuum and there is a great deal of competence here that we would like to tap into,” he said.

Although Chevron did not offer opportunities in the Southern North Sea there were many in the Central and North areas of the UK Continental Shelf where the company was looking for a range of support from construction and engineering through to life saving equipment, filters, lifting gear and rope access technicians.

There were also opportunities through their Technology Gallery to make one-hour presentations to the Chevron team on relevant ideas or innovations.

Jon O’Hara, Leman/Sean cluster leader for Shell OneGas West, said they welcomed approaches from businesses which could help solve specific problems, understand the standards and ideals of Shell and could add value to what they did.

The company was currently working on around £1/2billion worth of contracts on Bacton Gas Terminal rejuvenation, Leman Alpha upgrades and living quarters for the Sole Pit Clipper.

In the pipeline were projects such as the North Walsham terminal upgrade, Bacton sea defence enhancements, new Galleon and Skiff wells and some Leman field decommissioning.

What Shell most needed were innovative ideas and technology which could help extend the life of ageing platforms in the North Sea, find ways of tackling the increasing logistical costs of moving people around offshore and ensuring that existing skills from the region were not drawn away by enticing global projects.

Both speakers outlined how local companies could best qualify for consideration in winning work with their companies.

Bill Cattanach, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, said they were delighted to work with EEEGR in bringing the event to Norwich.

“There is a renaissance of investment in the oil & gas sector and we want to get the big spenders into this region and get to know our supply chain through which we can create jobs and boost the UK economy,” he said.

EEEGR events are supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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