Session 7b

Wednesday 25 November : 11.00 am – 12.15 pm


Session Champion

With the rapidly changing energy landscape and the increased focus on delivering net zero, the future decommissioning agenda will need to reflect these new dynamics. Decommissioning better and greener will be the new paradigm and we will need sector leading skills, capabilities and technologies to deliver this. Combined with future decommissioning requirements in the renewables, hydrogen and CCUS sectors, the industry has a unique opportunity to create a new, world class energy decommissioning workforce.

Against this backdrop, this session brings together a diverse panel from across the sector to discuss these challenges and to provide new, stimulating insights how we collectively can set this up for success.

Speakers and Panellists

Paul de Leeuw
Director Energy Transition Institute
Robert Gordon University

Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 30 years’ experience in the global energy sector.

He has worked in 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, a Professor at Robert Gordon University, Chair of PlanSea Solutions, a board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and a member of the Opportunity North East (ONE) Energy sector board.

Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 20 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Paul is also a regular contributor to industry events and a commentator on issues and developments in the international energy sector.

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 child.

John Cox
Global Decommissioning Lead

An international offshore Project Manager with over 35 years’ experience within the oil and gas industry. Has a track record of orchestrating the full project life cycle from inception to completion and within integrated PMC (Project Management Consultancy) / EPIC (Engineering, Procure, Install, Construct) contractors. Experience has included the construction, conversion, refit and upgrade of various types of platform and FPSOs (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading), as well as installation, hook-up and commissioning and decommissioning projects. John has worked around the world including the North Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Trinidad and Tobago and the Gulf of Mexico. Since 2015 John has been the Global decommissioning lead in Advisian (Worley consultancy) and Worley hydrocarbons decommissioning and restorations group and has hands on experience of undertaking decommissioning projects. John is also on the Board of Decom North Sea Decommissioning Leadership Group.

Myrtle Dawes
Solution Centre Director

Myrtle is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, with over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector. Myrtle has taken on an array of roles, from being an offshore engineer working for BP, designing offshore and onshore infrastructure in the UK and overseas, to driving digital transformation to improve customer experience. She was elected to the Institution of Chemical Engineer’s Board in 2015 to 2018, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors at University of Lincoln. In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017.

Ineke Reyboz
Commercial Consultant
Teleology Energy

Ineke Reyboz is a Commercial Consultant and lawyer specialising in decommissioning and renewable energy projects. She has 25 years energy experience in heavy fabrication, subsea construction projects, operations and supply chain at ConocoPhillips, with global engineering and offshore construction companies. In Australia, Ineke was the Business Director for Kellogg JV on the development of Gorgon LNG Downstream Project. She is currently the commercial lead for the development of a large-scale solar project and a green hydrogen project in Western Australia. She has a BSc, LLB and LLM from RGU and recently graduated with a MSc in Decommissioning from University of Aberdeen. Ineke is also an Adjunct at Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre in Western Australia where she has co-developed a short course for decommissioning in Australia. Ineke has a particular interest in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance.

Sam George
Contracts Engineer

Qualified Quantity Surveyor, and graduate of the inaugural year of the MSc Decommissioning Masters course, Sam previously worked in the decommissioning team at OGUK before moving into a commercial role at subsea robotics firm ROVOP. He has an ongoing interest in decommissioning and renewable energy, two elements of the wider energy transition.