Interview With The Creator of The TotalDECOM Conference

As part of our drive in delivering a unique cross sector decommissioning conference and all the latest news from the industry, we would like to present the first in a series of guest blogs. George Colquhoun (Creator of TotalDECOM) is the perfect guest to kick start the blog series, here he discusses his motivations for creating a cross sector decommissioning event and more about the significant changes that are being rolled out for the 2017 decommissioning event.

Why Setup The Cross Sector Decommissioning Conference, TotalDECOM?

The event is uniquely formatted to cover a range of industries involved in the decommissioning process, including Defence, Renewables, Oil & Gas, Offshore, Waste, Process and Nuclear.

One of the key drivers for creating a cross sector event was to generate a unique opportunity for attendees to network with peers from a range of backgrounds and learn from high profile experts across the decommissioning sector. The intention of TotalDECOM is to facilitate a collaborative process where industries begin to work together to develop solutions based on a larger knowledge pool, whilst creating opportunities for all levels of the supply chain to cross over into new markets and create additional revenue streams.


George Colquhoun, Managing Director of TotalDECOM, speaking with attendees at the 2016 Networking Dinner.

Another great aspect of this decommissioning event is that it opens the doors for recruitment in an industry that is facing rapid and exponential growth but potentially a notable skills gap, which is set to accelerate in the coming years.  By bringing organisations and individuals (including young engineers) together across the sectors, it is hoped that relationships can be forged to develop cost effective and dynamic solutions for the future.

Tell us more about this year’s TotalDECOM event.

As TotalDECOM enters its fourth year, we have rejuvenated the programme and format of the event. Working on the successes of previous years, we have added new features and opportunities to ensure that delegates, sponsors and exhibitors are gaining the most from the event.

For the second consecutive year, TotalDECOM 2017 will be held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester – a fitting location given Manchester’s status as European City of Science and heart of the Northern Powerhouse.  The delegate ticket package provides access to our grand opening networking dinner and full access to the exclusive high profile day one conference. Day one has several new aspects (visit the website or follow us on Twitter for news of the full programme as it develops) but the programme stays true to the TotalDECOM objective of providing high calibre speakers, each offering dynamic and relevant insights across the industries.
The largest change to the 2017 conference format, is the introduction of the free entry second day.  Thus allowing (preregistered) visitors to enter the exhibition at no cost and have full access to the exhibitor stands. By creating this second element of the conference, we are opening the conference to a wider audience and as such creating an increased return on investment proposition for our Sponsors and Exhibitors due to the forecast increase in footfall. For the second day delegates, as well as the opportunity to visit the exhibition stands, they will be able to take advantage of focused technical/ commercial seminars and professional services workshops. The second day also boasts a high profile Key Note centred on skills and Engineering.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved with the conference in terms of sponsorship or exhibiting click here. Or if you would like to attend as a delegate and take advantage of all the fantastic new features that we are rolling out for 2017, click here.

TotalDECOM 2017 – Unique New Event Format + 15% off Early Bird Offer

Following on from the successes of last year’s decommissioning conference, we have further tailored the format of TotalDECOM 2017, taking on board all the constructive feedback we received from our 2016 sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and delegates.

Our 2017 event will once again take place at The Point, Emirates, Old Trafford and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn, connect and do business with international decommissioning buyers and experts – from the nuclear, oil & gas, waste management, defence, process and renewables industries.

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Rt Hon Lord Hutton, Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association Opened TotalDECOM 2016

As in previous years, our 2017 event will include a networking dinner, conference and exhibition and will once again bring together high-profile international speakers, focusing on critical cross sectoral decommissioning issues and solutions.

New for TotalDECOM 2017

We have introduced some exciting changes to TotalDECOM 2017 which include:-

  • Pre-booked one-to-one appointments with top-level supply chain contractors – allowing the fantastic opportunity to discuss specifics around a topic of you’re choosing.
  • Technical and Commercial Seminars – aimed at providing in depth specialist knowledge
  • Professional Services Workshops – interactive problem-solving sessions designed to address Legal, Financial, Recruitment and Heath & Safety issues in the decommissioning sector
  • Breakfast and lunch briefings
  • Q&A sessions with open forum debates
  • The biggest change that we have introduced is a large FREE entry supply chain exhibition on day two, which we anticipate will make a significant impact on exhibition footfall


Book your delegate tickets now to secure your place at the event.  More detailed information will be released throughout the year, so make sure that you visit our website or social media channels to find out more.

We are now in our fourth year – the new event format for our 2017 programme aims to  enhance  networking, knowledge transfer and business development opportunities for organisations of all shapes and sizes, from Tier 1 companies and major operators to SME’s.  We have created sponsorship and exhibitor packages to suit all budgets, from as little as £750. No other decommissioning conference brings together all these industries under one roof and this is what makes our event so exclusive. It not only enables organisations to share common ground and experiences of the complex and often costly decommissioning process but  it also enables supply chains to tap into new markets.  This is fundamental in the current economic and political landscape, where organisations can no longer be reliant on business development models that focus on a single marketplace for their financial stability. Many of the companies that attend TotalDECOM have evolved from supplying only to the Oil & Gas industry, to branching out into the nuclear and renewables industries and vice versa.

Getting involved early not only increases the opportunity to gain profile and exposure though our extensive cross sectoral marketing programme, it also provides financial savings, with 15 % off for all early bird bookings placed and paid for before the end of August 2016.

The offer applies to all sponsorship, exhibition and ticket prices – get in touch or visit our website for more information.