Session 2

Tuesday 23 November : 10.45 am – 12. noon


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. 

Speakers and Panellists

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.

Pauline Innes
Head of Decommissioning
Oil and Gas Authority

Pauline Innes is Head of Decommissioning for the Oil and Gas Authority. As late-life entrant to the oil and gas industry she has worked in decommissioning for five years, initially as Director for Decommissioning in the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for the Environment and Decommissioning before joining the OGA in late 2019. She has a background in the public sector, spending most of her career dealing in social and economic policy for the Scottish Government before joining UK Government’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning team in 2015.  She is an experienced leader and has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver innovative and collaborative projects across Scotland.

Lorna Ramsey
Head of Offshore Decommissioning Programme Team

Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning

Lorna has 15 years’ experience of working in the Civil Service. With a background in Physics, she started her career as a Whitehall analyst at the Department for Education. This led to a varied career including working on one of the largest accounts’ consolidation exercises in Europe, spending reviews, and risk and programme management. With her business management skills paired with her scientific knowledge, she moved to be the business manager for Civil Nuclear and Resilience in DECC/BEIS. This enabled her to work on government energy policies, and in 2017 transferred to the decommissioning unit in the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED). There she works across a range of operator’s complex offshore oil and gas decommissioning programmes, including the Brent proposals. And she leads on developing the decommissioning regime for offshore CCUS transportation and storage site infrastructure and the associated policy and regulatory requirements.

Neil Greig
Sales Manager
Helix Well Ops UK

Neil moved to Aberdeen in 2008 leaving a previous career in Project and Business Management to enter the oil and gas industry with Well Ops. The first 5 years were spent as a Project Engineer earning valuable experience of the vessels and their capabilities along with the in hole work. Overtime Neil moved onto be the onshore Deputy Manager of the MSV Seawell. In 2014 he moved to a Technical Sales Engineer role and shortly thereafter into the Sales Manager position for Well Ops UK, focused primarily on the UKCS assets Seawell, Well Enhancer and Q7000. As well as focusing on improving vessel utilisation, Neil also engages with members of the intervention community and providers of new technologies and innovations with OGA’s 2035 goals in mind of Maximising Economic Recovery and Lowering Decommissioning Costs.

Neil is a member of the SPE and is on the ICoTA committee.

Donald Martin
Head of Decommissioning & Asset Repurposing
Spirit Energy

Donald works for Spirit Energy as Head of Decommissioning and Asset Repurposing with accountability for strategic planning and programme delivery across their portfolio. He has dedicated his career to pioneering late life and decommissioning projects throughout the UKCS, Norway and Netherlands. Donald’s discipline expertise has developed from the perspectives of E&P Operators, JV Partner and Tier-1 Contractors. He holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Major Programme Management from Oxford University. Donald is passionate about creating value through sustainable long-term work programmes and inclusive outsourcing models.