Session 7

Wednesday 22 November : 8.30 am – 9.45 am


Session Champion

This session brings together voices from the oil and gas, offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) sectors to provide a perspective of the current status of offshore energy integration, outlining the landscape.

The challenges around scale of offshore wind power and its distribution through the grid and the possibility of some wind energy producers using the power for local hydrogen production and use rather than connection to the electricity or gas distribution systems will be discussed.

The opportunities available through CCS especially with the recent award of six CO2 storage and licence awards on the UKCS will be highlighted alongside the move to towards electrification of oil and gas production to reduce emissions while ensuring energy security.

Speakers and Panellists

Professor Richard Neilson
Director of the National Decommissioning Centre
University of Aberdeen

Richard is the director of the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC). He has a mechanical engineering background and 41 years’ experience in engineering research and development within the University sector. From 1998-2002 he spent four years part-time industrial secondment to an oil services company. He has led or had substantial involvement in 13 major joint industry/University projects and has initiated or led the development of 3 major industry focused research/knowledge exchange centres, most recently the NDC. Since 2008, his primary focus has been on decommissioning including underwater laser cutting which is currently being developed in collaboration with Claxton. In his role as director of the NDC he leads an interdisciplinary team undertaking research into the technical, environmental, regulatory and financial challenges of decommissioning and the energy transition.

Carlo Procaccini
Chief Technical Officer

North Sea Transition Authority

Carlo Procaccini is the Chief Technical Officer of the UK North Sea Transition Authority, and his remit covers technology and innovation for the UKCS, ranging from oil & gas projects and operations to emerging net zero solutions.  Carlo has over 25 years of experience in oil and gas industry, having worked in both downstream and E&P.   Prior to joining the OGA, he was at Schlumberger focusing on projects to improve asset performance in mature offshore basins, in the UK and internationally. Carlo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.

Ian Matheson
Subsea and Pipeline Technical Authority
Kent PLC

Ian Matheson has over 30 years’ experience in the design, assessment and integrity management of subsea facilities and pipelines. Ian is Kent’s Technical Authority for Subsea and Pipelines, responsible for the technical quality of all subsea and pipeline work. Ian has led and provided assurance to the design and verification of numerous North Sea and international pipeline and subsea projects. Ian leads the integrity management of a strategically important gas interconnector, and has provided assurance to a number of life extension and change of use studies.

Ian is the pipelines technical lead for Appraise and Pre-FEED of a CCUS project which includes the reuse of an offshore gas trunkline. Ian has also provided technical guidance to studies for new build onshore CO2 and H2 pipelines. Ian is a member of the Energy Institute working group for repurposing for carbon dioxide pipelines.

James Steven
Business Development & Growth Manager


Electrical and Electronic engineer with 25 years’ experience across multiple market segments. Having a high level of knowledge on compliance and of various types of applications, has in-depth skills in being able to assist our customers in being able to determine what their compliance and product assurance needs are.  Presenting these in an easy-to-follow roadmap helping new customers or products get to market in an efficient way, reducing time to market and costly overruns.

This knowledge has led to supporting the development of many technical standards within DNV and as well as representing DNV on external committees/forums.  Work package leader and advisory to the joint industry project  (JIP) developing standardisation for green hydrogen production through electrolysis.  Supporting multiple customers globally in defining and achieving compliance of hydrogen generation and hydrogen powered equipment.  Conducting compliance audits on manufactures to determine and rank their abilities on understanding and demonstration of compliance processes.

Expert in CE marking and UKCA compliance processes and guiding customers through their compliance journey.  Technical expert in hazardous area classification and ignition prevention for both electrical and non-electrical ignition sources.  Trainer for IEC Ex Certification of Personnel Competency (CoPC) externally accredited training system.  Previous experience in large format/scale lithium ion battery technology and BMS systems.