Oil and gas chiefs draw up landmark ‘lower for longer’ road map for next 10 years

Looking to the future
Looking to the future

A 16-strong executive committee of industry experts has been appointed for SPE Offshore Europe 2017 and is working on the theme and topics for the event against the backdrop of one of the longest and most severe downturn in decades.

Conference chairman Catherine MacGregor, president Europe & Africa, Schlumberger, said that SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will be a landmark in the event’s 44-year history, being held when the industry is reinventing itself and finding new ways of working in a prolonged low oil price environment.

She added: “SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will set an agenda that will reflect the strategic, commercial, behavioural and technical issues that will shape the future of the industry for the next 10 years.

“Directions have to be taken and decisions made that will impact the oil and gas landscape for years to come. SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will bring the industry from around the world together to address these issues at a pivotal time.”

A new Decommissioning Zone featuring an exhibition and a conference area will be launched at the event.

The SPE Offshore Europe 2017 executive committee members are:

  • Roger Ader, Partner and Global Head of Energy and Power, Rothschild
  • Gordon Ballard, Executive Director, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
  • Kamel Ben Naceur, Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, IEA
  • David Clark, Regional President EAF, Aker Solutions
  • Tim Dodson, Executive Vice-President Exploration, Statoil
  • Simon Flowers, Chairman, Energy and Chief Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
  • Alan Grant, ‎Executive Chairman, Raffles Energy
  • Neil McCulloch, President, North Sea, EnQuest
  • Paul McDade, Chief Operating Officer, Tullow
  • Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK
  • Maria Moræus Hanssen, Chief Executive, ENGIE E&P
  • Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director, Total UK
  • Wonuola Scott, Principal Data Transformation Analyst, IHS Rushmore Reviews
  • Troy Stewart, Divisional Manager, Lifecycle Services, ABB
  • David White, Senior Technology Advisor, Schlumberger
  • Clay Williams, Chairman, National Oilwell Varco

Meanwhile, a new publication launched by Oil & Gas UK – “Maintenance Optimisation Reviews: Sharing Experience and Learning” – will contribute to industry efforts to promote improvements in major accident hazard management and operational efficiency on offshore oil and gas installations.

Mick Borwell, HSE Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “The industry’s focus on ensuring the continued safety of offshore operations means equipment maintenance must be carried out to the highest standards.

“Maintenance regimes are subject to regular review to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose and enable operators to continue safely operating equipment and achieve their business objectives.

“By capturing the experience of specialists in maintenance and asset integrity, we believe this document will improve awareness of how the industry can optimise maintenance reviews to deliver safe, reliable and sustainable operations and contribute to tackling the backlog in safety critical maintenance.”

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