Conference Sessions

The 2021 conference comprised of 11 sessions delivered across the two and a half day programme.  Find out more about each session and the speakers by exploring the agenda below.

 

Monday 22 November

TECHNOLOGY EXTRAVAGANZA

Session Champion

Technology is a key component in any discussion around optimising the decommissioning process.

The Net Zero Technology Centre will lead this session showcasing a selection of technologies that have the potential to positively impact the sector. Companies will have two minutes to pitch their technology to the audience and an expert panel in our Technology Extravaganza.

Cast your vote on who you think should be crowned the winner of the 2021 Technology Extravaganza!

* IN PERSON SESSION ONLY *

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Tuesday 23 November

DECOMMISSIONING: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Session Champion

After a testing couple of years for the industry, this session will take stock of the current state of affairs for the UK’s offshore energy industry. The session will discuss high level investment appetite, the energy transition and understand where decommissioning fits in a post-COVID world. This session is aimed at law-makers, regulators, market analysts, energy sector operators, supply chain businesses and finance communities and will appeal to those interested in understanding high level sentiment in the UK offshore industry.    

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THE DECOMMISSIONING PICTURE 2021

Session Champion

As the nation and industry continues to navigate through the pandemic there is a keen focus on maintaining activity. Last year the industry worked hard to deliver decommissioning with many removal projects continuing despite the challenging  circumstances. However, not every project was delivered as planned and well decommissioning activity reduced. This session will look at the current decommissioning picture, giving an overview of upcoming activity, and highlighting initiatives to achieve a steady and sustainable decommissioning workload in the UK for operators and the supply chain.  

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NET ZERO DECOM – A NEW REALITY OR A NEW OPPORTUNITY?

Sesion Champion

With the oil and gas industry firmly in the spotlight, this session will explore the implications of the climate emergency, COP26 and the net zero agenda on the future of decommissioning. The discussion will focus on the impacts of the net zero agenda on decommissioning programme & work scopes, future planning requirements, future skills and capabilities and on the emissions associated with decommissioning activities. The session will also explore the implications of the recently agreed North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) for the wider decommissioning community in the UK. 

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SUPPLY CHAIN: RESILIENCE, GROWTH AND COMPETING PRIORITIES

Session Champion

It’s an exciting time for the North Sea offshore energy industry, with key themes of the energy transition, digitalisation, cost effective, energy integration, and decommissioning all happening as we continue to focus on Maximising Economic Recovery from our UKCS oil and gas infrastructure.

All this brings huge opportunity for our resilient UK supply chain as we look towards a future of growth servicing a range of offshore industries. This session looks to explore these opportunities and competing priorities in detail.

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OFFSHORE DECOMMISSIONING: LESSONS FROM MULTIPLE BASINS

Session Champion

The UK is an early mover in the global decommissioning market but we now have multiple basins shaping their own decommissioning markets and exporting lessons.

There are shared challenges around legislation, technology, business models and ways of working. There are also fundamental differences basin to basin, like regulation and fiscal policy, which could provide differing opportunity and risk profiles for companies operating different regions.

As each basin progress their own decommissioning liabilities, sharing and learning is vital for success.

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Wednesday 24 November

BUSINESS BREAKFAST: ENERGY TRANSITION – CCUS AND REPURPOSING

Session Champion
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The repurposing of existing infrastructure and the development of innovative CCUS and hydrogen technologies is key to delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions. In this business breakfast in person attendees will join an exploratory session highlighting the challenges and the opportunities available for the UK to be at the forefront of the energy transition. 

* IN PERSON SESSION ONLY *

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NET ZERO TECHNOLOGY CENTRE UPDATE

Session Champion

Craig Nicol, Keith Hogg and Dr Pamela Lomoro (Project Managers at Net Zero Technology Centre), will discuss the Net Zero Technology Centre’s key activities over the past 12 months, including:

  • The launch of the Well P&A Collaboration Initiative
  • Ongoing projects
  • Introduce the seven projects that will be developed through the Centre’s Net Zero Energy Transition Programme
  • Announce the winner of the Technology Extravaganza

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MAKING THE UK DECOMMISSIONING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE THROUGH EXPORTS

Session Champion

The industry response to the Government Call for Evidence to Strengthen the UK’s offshore Decommissioning Capability placed a number of actions on regulators and government bodies. These actions include the development of a global export strategy for the UK industry which will seek to maximise export potential for our ever developing supply chain.

This session will provide an update on progress since the call for evidence and outline developments in some of the key global markets for decommissioning.

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CONSIDERATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN GLOBAL DECOMMISSIONING POLICIES

Session Champion

This session offers a unique outlook on global regulatory perspectives with the opportunity to engage in vibrant discussions with a variety of stakeholders. Topics will include comparisons of regulations, ecological considerations and innovative international projects.

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CONFERENCE CLOSE

Session Champion

To bring the conference to a close, this session will look to explore some of the key themes identified throughout the conference and learn about the opportunities and challenges in the short term.

In this session we will hear from operators with portfolios of work in the short to medium term as we discuss how far industry has come, and the way ahead.

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