Session 9

Wednesday 25 November : 3.00 pm – 4.15 pm
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DECOMMISSIONING AND THE ENERGY TRANSITION

Session Champion

In addition to COVID-19 and the oil price crash of 2020, the oil and gas sector is being challenged to adapt in a world transitioning to a low carbon future. So how does the decommissioning sector fit into this world? This session will describe the role of decommissioning in the ‘Energy Transition’ in terms of the delivery of decommissioning operations, repurposing for low carbon applications as well as how the oil and gas decommissioning sector can transition to decommissioning in the offshore renewable sector.

Speakers and Panellists

Louise O'Hara Murray
Emissions Improvement Manager
OGUK

Since joining OGUK, in December 2010 Louise has worked with members and stakeholders to support environmental management and decommissioning projects as part of the OGUK HSE team. She recently joined the OGUK Sustainability team to lead the work on emissions reduction from operational activities, supporting the industry commitment to emission reduction targets, the UK Net-Zero by 2050 ambition, and the Roadmap 2035.

After graduating with a Masters in Geophysics in 2005, Louise has worked as an engineer and geophysicist. Louise is a Chartered Environmentalist with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.


Dr Anne Velenturf
Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy and Offshore Wind
University of Leeds

Dr Anne Velenturf is a Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy and Offshore Wind at the University of Leeds. She is an interdisciplinary researcher working across the Schools of Civil Engineering and Earth and Environment. She works on the interface of academic research and practice, using her expertise in participation process management, knowledge exchange and impact delivery for challenge-led research that supports the implementation of a sustainable circular economy. Anne currently delivers the EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Secondment project “A Sustainable Circular Economy for Offshore Wind” in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the Department for International Trade. Previously she delivered projects on circular economy in oil and gas decommissioning and the sustainability of offshore wind. From 2016 t0 2019 she led the £7M Resource Recovery from Waste programme funded by NERC, ESRC and DEFRA. She also delivered projects on market research, business model innovation, regional and national circular economy implementation, and various projects to create a policy environment that is more amenable to a sustainable circular economy. Anne has published in a variety of media on circular economy and is a regularly invited speaker.

You can access her research via her profile at https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/civilengineering/staff/850/dr-anne-velenturf.


Carlo Procaccini
Head of Technology
Oil and Gas Authority

Carlo has 25 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He is currently the Head of Technology of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, and his remit covers technology and innovation for UKCS, from R&D to field deployment. He started his career in projects and operations in oil and gas, both downstream and E&P. Prior to joining the OGA, Carlo worked, among others, for Schlumberger and WorleyParsons. Carlo’s experience includes projects to improve asset performance in mature offshore basins, both in the UK and internationally, applying best-in-class technologies. For the past two years, Carlo has worked on joint projects with other government departments, looking at the potential for the UK offshore basin to provide energy solutions supporting the UK towards net zero. Carlo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.


Nigel Jenvey
Global Head of Carbon Management
Gaffney Cline

Nigel leads GaffneyCline's Carbon Management practice, helping clients understand the wide variety of options available that will ensure continued business success through the energy transition. He has over 23 years of global oil and gas industry experience in technology, exploration, development and production operations with major oil and gas operating companies. Nigel is an industry leader and expert in Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) having previously held roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, and program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section.


Graeme MacDougall
Operations Director
Sealand Projects Limited

With over 20 years experience in the Offshore Energy Sector,  working for Subsea Installation Contractors, Operators and Consultants, Graeme has gained a wealth of experience working within the offshore and renewables industries.

As the Operations Director for Sealand Projects, we are focused in applying  our skills, knowledge and experience to adopt an integrated approach, across the energy sectors, to enable offshore electrification to reduce emissions from O&G Assets, promote offshore wind power growth and provide a route to market for emerging technologies.

His passion for overcoming the challenges that clients face, along with his excellent management and communication skills, enable Graeme to work with their teams to deliver successful projects.