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23 June, 2006 - 09:35 By Staff Reporter

Hard commercial edge to Norfolk energy summit

Hot topics affecting one of the East of England biggest industries will be on the agenda when delegates representing every aspect of the energy sector get together in Norfolk.

Hundreds of industry representatives from oil and gas, renewables and nuclear industries will be at the EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) annual summer conference at Norwich’s John Innes Centre on July 13.

The theme is the energy marketplace and more time has been set aside this year for delegates to meet one another and discuss the practical issues facing the industry.

During the conference representatives will hear about a revolutionary approach to offshore maintenance from AMEC, one of the world's leading international project management and services companies, and the future of European energy policy.

And the East of England Skills for Energy programme, a new project which addresses skills gap problems in the industry, will be unveiled by Joanna Woolf, chief executive of Cogent and chair of the Skills for Energy Partnership.

The rest of the day will consist of nine seminars on subjects ranging from OrbisEnergy, the new offshore renewable energy hub at Lowestoft, to nuclear power and from innovation to alternative fuels. In between there will be plenty of time for networking.

EEEGR chief executive John Best said: “Energy is never far from the front pages nowadays whether it be about security of supply, greenhouse gases or the price of keeping the lights on.

“This region has a lot going for it in the energy industry with the Southern North Sea still producing gas, more windfarms in the planning process, major advances in biofuel production and huge supplies of natural fuels on our doorsteps that are suitable for biomass energy generation.

“It’s vitally important for jobs and the local economy that our region gets the most out of these undoubted assets and our conference is one way of ensuring we do.”

The conference, which starts at 8.30am, this year features a Market Place from 9.45-12 noon where delegates can make new contacts or book face-to-face meetings to discuss specific issues and get information about how to win work.

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