The annual conference on subsea technology

The conference will this year aim for an international audience, as we consider this professional arena to be of interest for the whole subsea business, not only for operators and vendors on the Norwegian continental shelf. We have also underlined this year the focus on Subsea Controls. We will address questions on All-electric, Functional Safety and Condition Monitoring in a thorough way. We will do this through multiple lectures on each subject originating from different point of views, both for new field developments and brown fields perspective.

Actors working with subsea control systems and technology, have lived through a period which has challenged their system solutions and products. However, this has helped to improve both quality and performance of new solutions and products set in operation. Innovations in subsea intervention have come to light. This provide new exciting opportunities in the borderland between field control and field operations.

At the end of day one, we offer an exciting panel discussion. The topic will be on “Future Interfaces”, lead by a representative from a major operator – Equinor. He will most certainly challenge the participants on how he shall position his business to meet the new technical solutions.

Day two of the conference, is focused around exchanging experiences from different operators. But: at the end of the day we will also take time to try to look more into the future. What awaits the subsea operators in near future, and what technical innovations will be available in a further perspective?

Learn More: Take a look at NFEAs complete event overview

Program (the program is subject to change)

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  • 09:00


  • 09:50


    Karin Sundsvik, NFEA

  • 10:00

    Subsea picture: Chief Researcher’s Reflections

    Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Equinor ASA

  • 10:30

    Architecture and system solutions

    Kristin Nergaard Berg, DNV GL

  • 11:00

    Subsea all-electric: Status and way forward

    Daniel Abicht, Equinor ASA

  • 11:30


  • 12:00

    Recent applications of electric actuation technology

    Christian Meum, TechnipFMC

  • 12:30

    All Electric SPS - Safety System Architectural challenge

    Einar Winther-Larssen, Aker Solutions

  • 13:00


  • 14:00

    Functional safety in current regulation

    Asbjørn Ueland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

  • 14:15

    Part 1: Safety 4.0

    Tore Myhrvold, DNV GL

  • Part 2: Experience from other industries on fail-safe design concepts

    Kenneth Kvinnesland, DNV GL

  • 14:45


  • 15:15

    Non SIL implementation of IEC 61508/61511 on Subsea Production Control Systems

    Rory MacKenzie, TOTAL E&P

  • 15:45

    Subsea SIL sensors experience

    Edgar Vorland, Siemens Subsea Sensors

  • 16:15


  • 16:30-17:15

    Panel discussion: Future Interfaces

    Chair: Daniel Abicht, Equinor ASA

  • 19:00

    Conference dinner at Christiansholm Festning/Fortress

  • 09:00

    Balder SCS. Why a simple design has worked longer than expected

    Carlos Sayas, Subsea Control Systems, Vår Energi AS

  • 09:30

    Pierce : Keeping it producing for 30 years

    Bruce Gardner, Shell UK

  • 10:00

    Brownfields extended life and enabling new standards

    Tore Erntsen, CTO Subsea Controls, Proserv Norge AS

  • 10:30


  • 11:00

    The consequences of water ingress into subsea cables

    Neil Douglas, Managing Director, Viper Innovations Ltd.

  • 11:30

    Communication and Control for the new Subsea Power Distribution System

    Kai Hansen, ABB

  • 12:00


  • 12:45

    Modularity – open control solutions

    Gjermund Mathisen, Lundin Norway AS

  • 13:15

    Subsea 2.0. A new approach to modularity

    Håvard Thuen Jensen, TechnipFMC

  • 13:45

    Underwater Intervention Drone control system

    Jan Christian Torvestad, Equinor

  • 14:15

    End of conference


Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Chief Researcher Upstream and Downstream Technology, Equinor ASA

Cecilie has been employed by Equinor since 2006. Since May 2019 as Chief Researcher Upstream and Downstream Technology.
She has also been a professional cyclist for Team Hitec Products.

Rory Mackenzie, Expert in Subsea Control Systems, TOTAL E&P

Rory is a graduate in electronic and communication engineering from Napier Polytechnic, Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked for nearly thirty years in the oil and gas industry.

For the last ten years he has held the post of senior technical adviser in the technology department at Total’s Paris headquarters.

As an expert in the field of subsea production control technologies, Rory initiated the introduction of innovative technologies at Total E&P’s underwater park.

Projects & Various Collaborations:

Rory is Total’s representative on the API 17F and ISO 13628-6 European working committees. He also represents Total in many industrial standardisation projects:

– Integrated Fibre-Optic Subsea Systems (IFOSS) ;
-Subsea Electrical Power System (SEPS) ;
– Subsea Fibre-Optic Monitoring Systems (SEAFOM) ;
– Subsea Instrumentation Interface Standardization (SIIS) ;
– Subsea Line Insulation Monitoring (V-SLIM).

Neil Douglas, Managing Director, Viper Innovations Ltd.

Neil Douglas, founder and managing director of Viper Innovations.
He spent 23 years in Vetco Gray prior to founding Viper Innovations:
– 1984-2004: Various Positions:Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Head of Systems Engineering and Project Manager
– 2004-2005: Vice President – Engineering (Controls)
– 2006-2007: Global Technical Director – Subsea Control Systems

Edgar Vorland, Group Manager electronics and software, Siemens Subsea Sensors

Embedded Micro-controller development, C-language
Windows PC software development
Project leader
Team development
Programming languages:
Delphi, C/C++, Visual Basic, SQL, ASP, PHP, HTML.

Data Protocols:
CANopen expert, Modbus, HART, Profibus

Practical information


25.09.19 - 26.09.19


Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel
Vestre Strandgate 7
4610 Kristiansand, Norway


Participation fee

  • NFEA Company member NOK 7 000,-
  • NFEA Personal member NOK 7 000,-
  • NFEA Education member NOK 4 000,-
  • Education Non member NOK 5 000,-
  • Non member NOK 9 000,-


Dinner on September 25th:
NFEA will arrange a dinner at ”Christiansholm Festning”. Price: NOK 850. We hope you will attend this social gathering. Sign up for the dinner latest within 13th of September. Address for dinner venue: Østre Strandgate 52 B.


We have reserved some rooms at Caledonien Hotel. Booking link HERE. Booking deadline: 4th of September.
Rooms that’s not reserved within the booking deadline will be released.

Guests can book rooms according to this agreement after the deadline upon availability for the same room category. Rooms are not guaranteed for late arrival.

Exhibition / logo

Exhibitors are fully booked!

Exhibition inclusive 1 participant:

  • Members NOK 12 000,-
  • Non members NOK 14 000,-

Exhibition incl. logo and 1 participant

  • Company member NOK 16 000,-
  • Non member NOK 18 000,-

Exhibitions: max 3 m. length

Logo in the program:

  • Members NOK 5 000,-
  • Non members NOK 7 500,

Exhibitors can rig up stand from Wednesday at 08:00. Exhibition will be located in mingle area outside the conference hall. Exhibitions includes table, chair, power outlet and tablecloths.

Program Committee

Committee Leader Bjørn Haavengen – TechnipFMC
Daniel Abicht – Equinor ASA
Lars Kristian Asbjørnsen – AS Norske Shell
Endre Brekke – Siemens AS
Gjermund Mathisen – Lundin Norway AS
Asmund Mæland – ABB
Einar Winther-Larssen – Aker Solutions AS
Tonje Olsen – NFEA
Karin Sundsvik – NFEA

Other information

Cancellation later than three weeks before the conference will be charged with a fee of NOK 2.000,-.
Cancellation later than one week will be charged with the full fee.
Cancellation needs to be notified in writing to be valid.

Membership in NFEA:
Company member from NOK 5 000,-
Personal member NOK 500,-
Education/research companies NOK 5 000,-
Students are free of charge.

NFEA is not responsible for expenses participants may have in connection with the conference due to unforeseen events like flight cancellations etc.

The program is subject to change.