Session 10

Wednesday 24 November : 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm


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.

Speakers and Panellists

Katy Heidenreich
Supply Chain & Operations Director

Katy Heidenreich is the Supply Chain & Operations Director at OGUK with responsibility for promoting industry’s competitiveness throughout the lifecycle of upstream operations, from exploration through to decommissioning, to encourage investment and ensure the UK can meet as much of its own energy needs as possible. Katy champions the world-class capabilities of the UK supply chain to maximise its opportunity to drive the technology and innovation required to deliver net zero targets.

Katy Heidenreich brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the role, mainly from Schlumberger Oilfield Services where she worked in across a variety of technical, commercial and senior management roles in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan.

Iain Lewis
Europe CFO and Decommissioning Director

Iain Lewis is the Chief Financial Officer and Decommissioning Director for TAQA’s Europe business, covering both the UK and Netherlands. Iain is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced international oil and gas finance executive having worked in North America, the Middle East and Europe. As Decommissioning Director, Iain is accountable for overseeing all aspects of TAQA Europe’s decommissioning activities, including cost control, project execution and stakeholder engagement.

Luis Batalla
Head of Decommissioning

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Luis Batalla is Head of Decommissioning at Repsol Sinopec Resources UK and has more than 20 years’ experience in the International Oil and Gas Industry.

Since he started his career as process engineer, he has been holding leadership project management positions in both Oil and Gas Operator and Contractor side internationally both in Offshore and Onshore environments

Luis joined Repsol in 2005 and since then has held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to arriving in the UK in 2016, he was Facilities Engineering Manager for an Ultra Deepwater development in Brazil for 4 years. He has published several papers on ultradeepwater development as well as in decommissioning. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and is married with one chid.

Rebecca Allan
Decommissioning Engineer

Oil and Gas Authority

Rebecca graduated in 2013 from Heriot-Watt University with a 1st class masters degree in Chemical Engineering and has over seven years experience in the energy industry.

Upon graduating, Rebecca joined an energy consultancy where she gained a strong background in asset performance and debottlenecking projects. After 3 years Rebecca began to specialise in decommissioning and soon rose to the position of Decommissioning Technical Authority. Rebecca’s contribution to the decommissioning industry was recognised when she was awarded the Decom North Sea Young Professional of the Year Award in May 2019.

Rebecca joined the Oil and Gas Authority in October 2019 as a Decommissioning Engineer where she works to promote efficient decommissioning practices which add value for both operators and supply chain.

Joe Leask
Decommissioning Manager

Joe Leask is the Decommissioning Manager at OGUK.  As part of his remit he works closely with industry, regulators and the UK and Scottish Governments to develop an efficient cost-effective decommissioning capability, sharing best practice and promoting that expertise at home and abroad. He is also custodian of the Industry’s decommissioning standards and guidelines and leads OGUK’s industry forums and workgroups to deliver incentives, respond to government consultations and promote industry dialogue.

Joe graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2011 with a 1st class Masters degree in Civil Engineering with International Studies. Joe is now a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Prior to working for OGUK, Joe gained experience in decommissioning with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited (RSRUK), working on a significant portfolio of fields at various stages of decommissioning from planning through to execution.

Walter Thain
Chief Executive Officer
THREE60 Energy

Walter Thain is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of THREE60 Energy Group. As a senior leader with three decades of experience in the energy industry, he leads the strategic growth of the group’s five service lines spanning subsurface, wells, engineering, construction and operations across the UK, Norway and Southeast Asia.

His proven leadership skills, passion for innovation, and dedication to addressing industry needs, has seen the group deliver a flexible, value-driven service to a growing global customer base since its inception.

This has seen the group support some complex, challenging and important projects in the energy sector under Walter’s leadership, from late life operations to decommissioning, with a continual focus on differentiated contractual models that ultimately deliver added value for their customers. In addition, the group is actively delivering low carbon solutions to support a net zero economy.

He has significant experience both in the UK and international market, which is coupled with an (Hons) degree and a professional qualification in Civil Engineering.