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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Marketing experts launch decommissioning forum

A FURNESS firm is behind the UK’s first decommissioning conference set to take place next week.

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RESOURCEFUL Ulverston firm Resource Marketing is behind the first decommissioning conference to bring all members of the energy sector together. Pictured are, from left, marketing manager Nicci Rigby, event manager Helen Wright, project director Owain Oxenham, finance director Steve Liddicott, corporate partnership manager Simon Reynish and managing director George Colquhoun HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50061201B001

TotalDECOM is the brainchild of Resource Marketing’s owner George Colquhoun, who came up with the idea in a bid to bring together experts from the oil and gas sector with those from the nuclear and offshore industries.

The conference – the first of its kind – has received industry backing from big players including the likes of Sellafield and Britain’s Energy Coast and will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hilton in Glasgow.

“Having worked in all the sectors – offshore, nuclear and defence, I noticed that although specific industries are very good at communicating best practice, it’s not often shared despite the common features among decommissioning in the nuclear and oil and gas sectors,” Mr Colquhoun said.

“No one was bringing them all together and I recognised an opportunity to do that.”

Both the Nuclear Industry Association and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have endorsed TotalDECOM, with more than 80 different companies set to be represented at the event.

Former Barrow and Furness MP Lord Hutton, now chair of the NIA, will be one of the guest speakers, alongside Sellafield’s managing director Tony Price.

“We have people coming from across the world, from Spain, France, Germany, the USA, Finland and Norway,” Mr Colquhoun added.

“We’ve also given some free places to postgraduate students from Manchester, Dundee, Glasgow and Newcastle who are interested in showing what they are doing.”

Mr Colquhoun, who is originally from Liverpool and worked at Vickers Oceanic and Ulvertech before setting up his own consultancy, added: “There is always a networking element to these events, but most people are coming because of a number of reasons.

“The speakers are high profile and people want to be in the same room as them.

Also, they are coming to look and listen and to find out what other companies are doing to find out about new techniques.”

Although the inaugural TotalDECOM is yet to take place, plans are already under way for the second conference next year.

For this year’s event, Mr Colquhoun has also introduced a charitable element to the event, by allowing Combat Stress, which supports former members of the armed forces suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, to be involved and raise money.

He said: “I wanted to involve a charity in some way and Lord Hutton is involved with Combat Stress and suggested they might be a good charitable partner to team up with.”

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