Introduction

2018 has been a challenging year and has left its marks in several fields of the industry. Despite the first signs of recovery, most segments continue to suffer from persistent overcapacity and low margins. In spite of the challenging times, the Dutch offshore sector has proven to be able to cope with the difficult conditions through chain cooperation, strong entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

Over the last 50 years an extensive network of pipelines, platforms and subsea installations has been developed in the North Sea to produce oil and gas from offshore fields. As more and more small fields become empty, decommissioning and the dismantling of platforms that are no longer used are becoming increasingly important and available for the next step.

Next to permanent removal in an efficient and effective way, innovations are under development to enable reuse of existing infrastructure for oil and gas for future use in energy storage and power balancing offshore. Old infrastructure can be used for energy or CO2 storage (depleted fields), energy conversion with Power to Gas or Gas to Wire (platforms) or energy transport and storage (Hydrogen).

At the same time a new infrastructure is being developed to produce renewable energy, mostly from offshore wind. Also the development of marine energy technologies (wave, tidal) become important for the energy supply of the future.

Nonetheless, oil and gas will continue to play an important role in the global energy mix for decades to come. The Dutch suppliers are leaders in the field of clean and safe conventional energy production and are way ahead of its international competitors.

Although the coming years will be challenging years for our industry, they will be full of opportunities both in the field of conventional energy and sustainable energy.

With the above innovative developments, we have laid the foundation for a stronger international competitive position, from which we can benefit in the further strengthening of the market.

The Dutch business community shows how it uses the years of offshore experience in the Netherlands and abroad. Dutch offshore companies have the right knowledge, experience and equipment to maintain their position internationally among the top suppliers.

We are proud to present to you the Netherlands Suppliers Catalogue 2019, which gives a clear overview of the activities, products and services of Dutch oil, gas and offshore renewable suppliers. It has been compiled with great care and can also be found online at www.iro-catalogue.nl.

Our members look forward to working with you and we are sure this catalogue will help you to do business successfully!

Sander Vergroessen
Managing Director

IRO - The Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry and Offshore Renewable Industry