Session 3

Tuesday 23 November : 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm


Session 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.


Speakers and Panellists

Paul de Leeuw
Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University

Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 33 years’ experience in the global energy sector. He has worked for a wide range of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica. He is currently the Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, Chair of the National Energy Skills Accelerator, Chair of PlanSea Solutions and a Professor at Robert Gordon University (UK). Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 20 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations. He is also a regular contributor to industry events and a frequent media commentator on issues and developments in the international energy sector.

Debroah Morgan
Environment Team Decommissioning Team Lead
Xodus Group

Deborah has 14 years of experience in the environmental sector of which nine have been focussed on support for oil and gas decommissioning projects. Deborah has applied her knowledge of the latest guidance and legislation to numerous decommissioning support and secondment roles. She was involved in the initiation of a combined Decommissioning Programme (DP) template in 2013 and worked closely with BEIS to streamline this whilst undertaking decommissioning project work alongside a North Sea Operator.

At Xodus, Deborah is managing a team delivering several concurrent DPs, (including Environmental Appraisal and Comparative Assessment) for Operators with assets in the southern, central and northern North Sea, including subsea assets, unmanned installations, topsides, steel jackets undergoing derogation and concrete gravity base structures. Within these projects, Deborah has also delivered energy use and emissions assessments, scoping reports, risk assessment (ENVID) workshops, permits and consents and hands-on regulator and stakeholder support.

Deborah has an academic background in geoscience, marine resource protection and development and holds a doctorate which focussed on the glacial history of NW Scotland and associated historical climate change. She also has experience in the renewables and remote sensing sectors.

Will Webster
Energy Policy Manager


Will is the lead Energy Policy Manager for OGUK and has extensive regulatory and energy market experience. He was previously the Head of Competition and Markets for the Civil Aviation Authority leading their regulatory team with responsibilities for airports and air traffic services. Notable achievements from that period included overseeing the completion of the market power review of the three major London airports and as Case Director for the CAA’s first Competition Act investigation. Prior to the CAA, Will was Head of EU Power Market Regulation for RWE Supply and Trading.

Dr Minnie Lu
Decommissioning Services Director


Dr Minnie Lue is Decommissioning Services Director at Wood and combines over 20 years of engineering specialist decommissioning experience in the energy and construction industries to lead and strengthen Wood’s decommissioning proposition in the UK and globally. Minnie leverages her expansive knowledge and expertise in this domain to develop and deploy innovative technical and commercial late life and decommissioning solutions for Wood’s clients.

Suzie Coull
Business Adviser


Suzie Coull is a Business Adviser at OGUK as a part of the Supply Chain and Operations team. She supports OGUK’s decommissioning forums, groups and networks by taking an action-orientated approach to communicating the voice of the UK’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry to a wide variety of stakeholders including government and other nations and industries. Suzie has a HND in Mechanical Engineering, an honours degree in Business Management and has qualifications in the Regulatory Aspects of Decommissioning and Data Analytics. Prior to joining OGUK, Suzie spent eight years specialising in rigless subsea well decommissioning with a microenterprise project consultancy.