Session 5

Tuesday 24 November : 4.15 pm – 5.00 pm
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This session brings together the discussions from the first day of conference with a panel of decommissioning industry leaders. This interactive session will discuss learnings from the events of 2020 and what impact they have for the future of the UK decommissioning sector as it focuses on becoming a Global Decommissioning Hub.

Speakers and Panellists

Katy Heidenreich
Supply Chain & Operations Director

The remit of Katy’s team is twofold: to support the industry’s competitiveness throughout the entire E&P lifecycle, to encourage investment and ensure a resilient, sustainable and diverse supply chain and supporting and to promote the development of cross sector and new skills to facilitate the development of the workforce needed to support the energy transition.  She is currently spearheading OGUK’s Recovery Group’s work with industry, government and regulators to stimulate investment and activity across the basin to sustain jobs throughout the supply chain.

Katy has spent most of her career in the oil and gas industry working in technical and senior management roles in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan. Katy joined OGUK, the leading representative industry body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, after 15 years with Schlumberger Oilfield services.

Win Thornton
VP Decommissioning

Over 40 years’ experience in offshore construction and decommissioning projects working as an Operator (BP, Chevron, OXY), Contractor (B&R, WorleyParsons) and Entrepreneur (TST, WINMAR). Win has a BSCE from Georgia Tech and an MSCE from the University of Houston. Industry recognized as an expert in offshore decommissioning and reuse. Managed the decommissioning of 250+ offshore facilities and 30+ reuse projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Global work experience includes offshore decommissioning and reuse projects in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, West Africa, California, Alaska, Southeast Asia and South America. Championed for 30+ years the environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of obsolete platforms through placement in state sanctioned “Rigs-to-Reefs” programs.

Tim Martin
Vice President, Decommissioning
Acteon Integrated Solutions

Tim has over 25 years of experience in offshore upstream and onshore midstream oil and gas operations and projects. Having spent near equal amounts of his career working for service companies and operators, Tim appreciates the challenges and opportunities in decommissioning from both perspectives. A passionate advocate of cost reduction in decommissioning that is carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, he believes a transformation in approach is required from “business as usual” to deliver these outcomes, via technology and new commercial models that reward exemplary performance.

Tim has delivered many large projects including floating production unit decommissioning in the North Sea for Talisman Energy in 2007. He also developed a multi-client campaign model to deliver subsea suspended well abandonment in 2008 at significantly reduced cost, whilst running a well abandonment business in Aberdeen. This model has now become the industry standard and demonstrates the value that can be gained by an alternative technical and commercial model for execution.

Christina Horspool
Environment Division Manager
Xodus Group Ltd

As Environment Manager at Xodus Group, Christina Horspool is a proactive, innovative and inspiring business leader in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and sustainability. Christina’s experience across the energy sector, including offshore wind and oil and gas, as well as her technical background in atmospheric emissions, carbon accounting and carbon lifecycle, allows her to lead the 50-strong team of environmental and marine specialists across the UK. The Xodus vision is that ‘together, we will deliver a responsible energy future’. Christina is proactively reinforcing the company vision through her engagement across industry including various Oil and Gas UK forums around decarbonisation and energy transition; and through the Scottish Government-backed Future Industry Leaders Programme. Christina’s proactive approach to people development and innovation across the energy sector, as well as her underlying objective for sustainability and efficiency, has paved the way for a well-motivated, engaged, multi-skilled team of consultants all working to deliver clean energy alongside sustainable economic growth. Most recently, Christina has been a core part of Xodus Group’s aim to help the UK energy sector deliver beyond its net zero ambitions through innovative technologies, processes and techniques. Christina sees our approach to decommissioning and re-use as a critical part of achieving the UKs net zero target and is passionate about leveraging the cross-sector opportunities offered through the UK’s long track record in offshore energy and infrastructure projects. Christina believes repurposing opportunities need to be a part of today's long term planning and that co developed energy infrastructure action plans should provide a much needed coordinated vision. As the world transitions to a new energy system circular economy models will be developed. Infrastructure should be viewed as a resource and lifecycle planning should include for opportunities for sector coupling and maximum reuse and recycling of assets and components.

Stuart Payne
Director of Supply Chain, Decommissioning and HR
Oil and Gas Authority

Stuart Payne is responsible for the OGA’s activities in support of decommissioning and he leads our work with the UK service sector, in addition to this, he is accountable for the OGA’s HR function.

Stuart co-chairs the industry’s MER UK Supply Chain & Exports Task Force and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group. Stuart joined the OGA in January 2015 having held a variety of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas. Away from the OGA, Stuart is a non-executive director of the Brightside Trust and a member of the Advisory Board of Barnardo’s Scotland.