Conference cancellations and no face-to-face networking have been just one side-effect of Covid-19, but an Aberdeen-based organisation is hoping to show a "glimmer of normality" is returning by staging the first live such event for the industry since the start of the pandemic.

Decom North Sea (DNS) this week announced the launch of a new series of events for the decommissioning industry in light of the new era of business evolving post Covid.

Dubbed “Decom Live”, the events will partner with local organisations and DNS promises a safe networking space for delegates in the hope of helping businesses get back to work.

The first event in the series in partnership with Aberdeen Harbour Board — Decom Live @ Aberdeen Harbour — will be a two-day outdoor event taking place on 8 and 9 September at Blaikies Quay in the Scottish oil capital.

DNS reckons it will be one of the first oil and gas industry networking events to go live since the pandemic struck.

DNS interim managing director Will Rowley said: “The late-life and decommissioning sector supply chain is a key sector for activity and growth for Aberdeen and this event is a great way for DNS and Aberdeen Harbour Board to show its support for the sector.

“The new series is a great addition in helping the decom industry get back to work offering a glimmer of normality back to business life. With the support of Aberdeen Harbour we have a low-cost and safe event planned that will showcase the decommissioning sector, support local businesses and underpins the self-determination and grit needed to prosper in a tough market.”

The outdoor location will allow for social distancing adhering to government guidelines to ensure delegate safety, the organisers said.

They also say it will help support other local businesses, such as in the catering industry, that have been hit hard by recent events.

Cuttings wishes DNS the best of luck — and fingers crossed the weather in north-east Scotland will remain kind.