Session 9

Wednesday 24 November : 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm


Session Champion

This session offers a unique outlook on global regulatory perspectives with the opportunity to engage in vibrant discussions with a variety of stakeholders. Topics will include comparisons of regulations, ecological considerations and innovative international projects.

Speakers and Panellists

Ping Teo
Senior Manager - Decommissioning

International Association of Oil & Gas Producers

Ping Teo is the Decommissioning Manager with IOGP. In her current role, she manages and drives the activities of the IOGP Decommissioning Committee, actively leads the sharing of international experience and good practice. Originally from Brunei, Ping is a Project Engineering manager with 15 years’ Shell experience in leading roles in Offshore Greenfield, Brownfield and Decommissioning Projects in Brunei and New Zealand. As Brunei Shell’s lead decommissioning project manager, she has led a multi-disciplinary team from decommissioning studies phases, through regulatory engagements and to execution of early decommissioning activities and major decommissioning contract development.

Bert Fokkema
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers

Decommissioning Non-Technical Risk Manager

My career in Shell spans jobs across Upstream, Downstream, Corporate and Research, gradually developing wide expertise in a range of non-technical issues such as environmental, external relations, policy, human rights, safety. In those roles, I have become deeply emerged in the integration of non-technical risks to enable successful project execution and drive business performance. Capturing the value from external stakeholder engagement and industry collaboration has become part of my normal way of working.

Peter Oliver
Principal Environmental Specialist

Peter has 25 years+ experience in Environmental Management and HES supporting all aspects of energy industry exploration, operation and decommissioning. Peter joined Chevron in 1999 and held environmental and HES Leadership roles in Chevron's businesses in UK, Angola and the USA. Since 2016, Peter has been part of Chevron's General Technology Centre in Aberdeen, UK. His work involves provision of strategic and technical expertise for Chevron’s Corporate HES initiatives and worldwide businesses. A focus of Peter’s work is decommissioning environmental management and technology. Peter is currently a Chair of the International Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Environment Committee, Chair of the Industry Executive Committee of the INfluence of Structures In The Ecosystem (INSITE) JiP and represents Chevron at the UK National Decommissioning Centre. Prior to Chevron, Peter worked in Environmental Consultancy and as an Environmental Advisor for AMEC. Peter is a Full Member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Ariff Irfan Zainai
General Manager, Asset Decommissioning

Ariff graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) with a Masters of Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering & Management. Ariff’s journey in PETRONAS began in 2001 in Upstream Operations. Thereafter, his exposure included in the areas of Internal Audit, Change Management, Strategic Planning and JV Asset management. His international experience includes managing non-operated assets in Chad, Egypt and Algeria as well as stints in Turkmenistan and Argentina. Upon his return from Argentina in 2018, Ariff was assigned to Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM; the governing body of Malaysia’s upstream industry), initially in Production Delivery. In July 2020, Ariff was appointed as General Manager, Asset Decommissioning, MPM.

Doreen Tan Sian Chin
Senior Manager, Planning & Control, Asset Decommissioning

Doreen embarked her journey with PETRONAS in 2005 with as a facilities engineer, focused in Field Development for both oil and gas fields, inclusive of high CO2 gas fields monetization. To date, she had accumulated over 15 valuable years of diverse technical experience in aspects of field development, front end engineering, EPCC, international assets acquisition and cost engineering (upstream and downstream).
In Jan 2020, Doreen was appointed as Senior Manager of Planning and Control, Asset Decommissioning, MPM. Her key roles include, formulate sound Abandonment requirement for Malaysia Upstream petroleum arrangements, and integrate as single point for Decommissioning estimate & Asset Retirement Obligations (ARO) management.

Laura de la Torre
Deputy Secretary
OSPAR Commission

Since 2019 Deputy Secretary of the OSPAR Commission and the Bonn Agreement, providing support to the Offshore Industry Committee, the Radioactive Substances Committee and the North Sea Network of Investigators and Prosecutors. Responsible for preparing meetings under the regional cooperation framework and follow-up the conclusions. For 17 years she worked in several positions for the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency as Head of Environment and Quality and Head of the Oil Pollution for the Protection of the Marine Environment. As background she has a master's degree in Industrial Chemical Engineer.

Prof Richard Neilson
National Decommissioning Centre

Richard is the director of the National Decommissioning Centre and has a mechanical engineering background having undertaken his PhD with the aeroengine division of Rolls Royce. He has 33 years’ experience in engineering research and development within the University sector. During this he spent four years part-time industrial secondment to an oil services company. He has led or had substantial involvement in 11 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. Most of his research has involved the application of design and dynamic analysis to solving engineering problems. Much of this has been in the context of oil and gas and subsea engineering. Since 2008, his primary focus has been on decommissioning including underwater laser cutting. He was one of the instigators of the MSc in Decommissioning run by the University.

Murray Roberts
Professor Applied Marine Biology & Ecology
University of Edinburgh

Murray Roberts is Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and coordinates the European ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. He studies deep-sea structural habitats, notably those formed by cold-water corals, to enhance plans for their long-term management and conservation. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland, the SE United States and Cape Verde off West Africa. Among his external roles he was a contributing author to the 2014 and 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He led the 1st INSITE Phase Data Initiative and was a partner in the ANChor project examining ecological connectivity between North Sea platforms. He sits on the 2nd INSITE phase’s Programme Advisory Group.