The Production Engineering Association (PEA) is a pan industry operator network focusing on upstream oil and gas technology. The Association is dedicated to the advancement of hydrocarbons production engineering technology. It was founded in 1989 and has continued to be strongly supported by the industry. The PEA was begun as a European Association and still has a strong European focus, with many of the problems discussed being particular to the North Sea environment for instance. However, the outlook has become more global in recent years.