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Conference explores decommissioning in a low carbon future

12 November 2020

The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents.

Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, said:

“Tackling climate change is a global priority and our industry has the essential expertise to help make a difference. This session will examine the rapidly changing energy landscape and how we can meet our decommissioning obligations in an even more sustainable way. We know our skills and supply chain will play a big role in developing the low carbon solutions we need to meet climate change targets.”

The free, interactive event is open to all, with organisers hoping it will harness the power of different perspectives, challenge established norms and drive new conversations about decommissioning in the broader energy world.

Professor Paul de Leeuw commented: Decommissioning better and greener will have a key role to play in the transition to a lower carbon future. To do this effectively, we will need sector leading skills, capabilities and technologies. Combined with future decommissioning requirements in the renewables, hydrogen and CCUS sectors, the industry has a unique opportunity to create a new, world class energy decommissioning workforce. This session will be a great opportunity to bring together industry leaders, experts and decommissioning professionals to discuss these challenges and to provide new, stimulating insights on how we can collectively set this up for success.”

Decommissioning in a low carbon future also features in a session chaired by Louise O’Hara Murray OGUK’s Emissions Improvement manager. This will share learnings across the oil and gas and renewables sector, and the opportunities posed by energy integration, carbon capture and storage and innovation in low emissions decommissioning.

Throughout the two-day event, which has already attracted more than 550 registrations, participants can access a fully immersive experience enabling them to interact with industry experts, visit virtual exhibition stands and engage in online networking. With sponsorship from Repsol Sinopec Resource UK and IOGP, the conference covers an extensive range of topics including the UK’s ambition to become a Global Hub of Excellence, evolving developments in regulation and initiatives aimed at delivering added value across the decommissioning process.

More information is available on the Offshore Decommissioning Conference website at




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