Robin Shields, Eastern Hemisphere Sales Manager

About you

Tell us a bit about your organisation (who are you, where do you operate)

SNF specializes in water treatment chemistry. The company operates globally with facilities in all oil and gas producing regions, notably in the UK where the company has recently added manufacturing capability and capacity to serve the North Sea, adding value via low cost supply chain and logistics and contributing positively to support net zero targets for the North Sea CNS.

What is keeping you busy currently? What large projects are you working on?

SNF is a globally leading provider of EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) polymers and application engineering. The company is engaged with many oil and gas operating companies in the application of polymer EOR technology to enable increases in oil production.

The company has also made significant advances in reducing its carbon footprint, emissions reduction, and energy consumption across the supply chain. This is in recognition of both regulatory requirements, and the drive by the company to excel in environmental stewardship.

What are some of the opportunities/challenges you see for your organisation in the future?

SNF works diligently with companies to ensure that oil production is optimized through the application of polymer EOR technologies. A key opportunity for EOR is the ability to increase oil production while supporting the drive to Net-Zero, through reduction in emissions and energy demand over other forms of tertiary oil recovery methods.

A challenge that all chemical manufacturing and application companies face is cost management, supply chain security and the constant drive to deliver sustainable products and services. These challenges will become more and more important in future years. As a result, SNF is constantly innovating across its supply chain to address these challenges.

How would you describe the company culture? Do you have any specific shared values?

The overriding culture of SNF is that we believe there are no constraints on success. Being a privately-owned business allows SNF to break free from traditional business advancement models. Our culture is one where everyone empowered to express their ideas and know their voices will be heard.

SNF is a proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We recognise that a diverse the workforce is a strong workforce bringing value to our business, both for employees and customers alike.

About your OEUK membership

As an organisation how is OEUK membership helping your business?

Being a member of OEUK provides access to the North Sea business network and leading forums and councils that are driving change. This has provided invaluable insight for SNF in making strategic decisions regarding the business and market approach.

Which OEUK event did you most enjoy and why?

Attending the Share Fair. This is a unique event that allows SNF access to current, and leading thoughts and plans from North Sea operators, and also the opportunity to meet with both OEUK senior Directors and team members from the operating company community.

OEUK has over fourteen forums, which forum do you attend and what do you like most about that particular forum?

SNF attends theses forum: Supply Chain, Environmental, Wells and Chemical. The supply chain and chemical forums are the most informative regarding current best practice, regulation, and developments on these topics specific to the North Sea.

Future of the industry

What are the biggest net zero changes, you have seen in our industry?

The North Sea is now at a pivotal point for Net-Zero with targets being set and an agreement established to transition to more sustainable, alternative sources of energy. We have seen very positive steps taken to address the whole supply chain with major advances made in increasing efficiency, reducing emissions and waste.

The biggest change is that now all companies across the North Sea CNS supply chain, without exception, are now 100% committed to delivering on the Net-Zero targets.

How do you see the industry looking in 20 years?

If we know the answer to this question we would all be rich! That said the oil and gas industry is going through fundamental change to address climate change demands, transitions to electric vehicles, political pressures and much more. One facts in clear: The world will still require oil and gas in the future as a key raw material and building block for many of the items we use every day. It is clear that the industry must become, leaner, smarter, and cleaner to endure, not only the points raised above but also to be viewed as an attractive employer for the future generations that will be needed in the industry.

How is your organisation driving the transition to net zero?

91% of SNF’s revenues meet UN objectives: All of the Group’s products are designed to either treat, recycle, or preserve water, or help its customers save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.

SNF is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SNF Group has developed a range of over one thousand products, in keeping with its goal to promote responsible chemistry and improve the quality of life for the entire population of the world.

The Group’s products play a crucial role in protecting the environment, saving energy, and ensuring access to essential raw materials.

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