Session 8

Wednesday 22 November : 10.30 am – 11.45 am


Session Champion

Several offshore global basins are increasing decommissioning activity over the next 5 years, with decommissioning planning and execution well underway. While the North Sea is one of the most advanced basins regarding decommissioning execution, with experience building up in other regions, there is an increasing opportunity for cross basin learnings in both directions, driving continuous improvements towards better decommissioning performance. In this session, IOGP and speakers representing basins beyond the UKCS will be discussing challenges faced or they have overcome, relating this to decommissioning planning and execution in the UKCS.

Speakers and Panellists

Ping Teo
Decommissioning Manager

Ping Teo is the Decommissioning Manager with IOGP since March 2021. In her current role, she manages the activities of the IOGP global decommissioning committee and represents IOGP at various regulatory forums. Originally from Brunei, Ping is a project manager with 15years career with Shell prior to IOGP and experience leading studies and execution of major greenfield, brownfield and decommissioning projects in Brunei and New Zealand.

Nick Edwards
Decommissioning Engineering Manager

Nick is an engineering manager for bp, accountable for engineering delivery and assurance across the global bp decommissioning portfolio. Nick is based in the UK, but has spent his career delivering major projects around the world. As a structural engineer in early career roles, his transition to decommissioning was a natural fit, but one that came relatively recently (within the past 5 years) and only after delivering engineering management for several major projects. But it’s not just the technical decommissioning challenges that interest Nick, it’s the potential to explore new and more collaborative ways of working. Nick believes that the role of decommissioning in the energy transition, and the need to unlock more value and cost reduction in decommissioning, offer this exciting and challenging playing field.

Arnout van der Pol
Decommissioning Manager
TotalEnergies E&P Nederland B.V.

Arnout van der Pol is the decommissioning manager at TotalEnergies E&P Nederland B.V. Under his lead, TEPNL is removing and dismantling 10 out of her 30 operated platforms on the Dutch Continental Shelf. Despite the high complexity, the project targets to be highly cost effective with top-tier GHG emissions and recycling rates.

After a Civil Engineering master’s degree from the TU Delft, Arnout started out for TotalEnergies on various offshore projects in the Netherlands. He spend time in Paris as a project consultant and in Lagos as construction and installation manager for the Ofon 2 project. Upon his return to The Hague, he spend time in field operations, with a leading role in a significant re-organization. This included the closure of the L7 Field, which brought him the task of his current decommissioning project. Arnout holds a pragmatic approach with a focus on collaboration and delivery which has led to mutual success of complex projects.

Outside work, Arnout is married, father to three boys and likes to spend his time camping, hiking, sailing and working on DIY projects at home.

Eduardo Zacaron
Decommissioning General Manager

Eduardo Zacaron is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a postgraduate degree in Project Management. He has been working at Petrobras since 2007 where he specialized in Subsea Equipment Engineering. Since 2014, he has been involved in decommissioning projects and is currently General Manager of this area at Petrobras. He also holds the position of Vice Chair of the Decommissioning Committee of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).

Harvey Johnstone
Environment Director

Harvey Johnstone joined IOGP as Environment Director in 2021, bringing to the role 34 years of experience in both government and private sector. He spent 14 years with the Western Australian Government’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in roles spanning air quality monitoring, and Management of Industry Licensing, Pollution Management and Contaminated Sites. He later joined BP’s Remediation Management Function, overseeing soil and groundwater liabilities across the in the western and southern parts of Australia, extending into Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Harvey has extensive experience in decommissioning planning and operations, particularly onshore decommissioning, and asset retirement obligations, and has managed projects in Australia, Canada, China, Iraq, Oman, Vietnam, Singapore, UK, and USA.