The 2017-2018 year has been definitely a very active and successful year for our Kuala Lumpur branch, marked by the holding of the 2nd Subsea Processing International Conference in April 2018.
Thanks to our enthusiast committee members, we managed to maintain our monthly networking evenings at a regular pace during the year.
These have regularly attended by a core group of individuals, and are actually quite a good gathering points for passing by fellows from other regional SUT branches. However, as the years pass by, we are continuing to look for more local subsea engineers to participate, and the committee need to continue its effort to market and promote the networking events.
This reporting year we have managed to organise one lunch and learn session housed in the prestigious Petroleum Club located on the 42nd floor of the Petronas Towers. It was held on 29 March 2018 with the topic ‘Flexible Lines Technology Update’. The speakers were Mr Michael Buhl from NOV Completion & Production Solutions who gave us an update of the latest development on flexible flowline and riser products and technology, and Mr Wouter Spruitj from Airborne Oil & Gas B.V. who presented the latest progress on the Thermoplastic Composite Pipes design and fabrication, including a presentation of the first installed application in Malaysia. The session was well received by the subsea community and well attended.
The highlight of the year was without doubt our Subsea Processing Conference. Organised for the second time in Kuala Lumpur, on 19 April 2018, at the same location as the first edition, the Park Royal Hotel.
The Conference was split into four sessions that covered the operators and consultants expectations, gave the suppliers update, introduced the Niche Technology enablers, and highlighted the installation contractors view points.
The full day event was well attended, and all present agreed that the 12 speakers that gave their time to prepare and present did a very good job. Presentations were followed by very animated and interesting discussion on all relevant topics.
A special thanks from the committee to Mr Salvatore Micali from Aker Solutions who has put his heart and soul to get this conference off the ground.
With a rebound of the industry around the corner, we would like to see a more active branch, with renewed committee members for the 18-19 season.
We hope also to see more and more local and regional initiative and collaboration for the years to come with possibly the restart of training sessions for the younger generation.