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StocExpo Europe launches Innovation in Storage’ programme

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The oil and gas industry is being impacted by the advancement of technology and rapid development of digitisation, artificial intelligence and big data. This has driven a demand for innovative solutions and new talent within the sector to keep abreast of these changes. As technology plays an increasing role in everyday business operations, it is the development of skills in the younger generation that is required. The oil and gas sector needs to invest in young talent from both outside and inside the industry. However, attracting younger and more digitally-savvy talent is sometimes challenging.

StocExpo Europe takes place next week and has launched a new ‘Innovation in Storage’ programme, which is open to all visitors. This will consist of workshops and presentations to ensure professionals keep ahead of industry standards and regulations, and learn how to develop best practice within their businesses.

The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) will be leading the first day with five workshop sessions highlighting procedures and techniques of tank maintenance, safe storage and efficient operation strategies. Some of the sessions will be looking into guidance, such as the EEMUA 159, risk-based inspection, reliability centred maintenance, future technology, plastic tanks and the tank turnaround procedure.

Day two of the Innovation in Storage programme will be led by iTanks, a knowledge and innovation platform for the tank storage sector. This workshop consists of five sessions running throughout the day, presenting and debating various topics ranging from the future of robotics to sustainability within the tank storage industry. People are also an important part of the process and sharing knowledge can contribute to innovation.

Day three will see the launch of a new Engineers of the Future Programme, which will host top engineering students and graduates from local universities. These students will take part in workshops and CV clinics to gain an insight into a career within the oil, gas and petrochemical storage industry. They will also be given the valuable opportunity to hear directly from potential employers who are currently seeking new talent to join their company.

As the industry is rapidly changing, innovation and investment in technology is increasingly important for those working within the tank storage industry to keep up. It is crucial for the oil and gas sector to adapt to these changes and invest in young talent that can contribute new ways of thinking.

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