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Forward-looking industry conference focuses on trio of transition themes

22 May 2019

Industry’s focus on improving its competitiveness and playing its part in the move towards a new and lower carbon energy mix forms the core of OGUK’s 2019 annual conference on June 4-5, focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’.

The programme for the event supported by principal sponsor, Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, features a diverse line-up of leading figures from across the sector who’ll consider how, from three different perspectives, energy, people and business, the industry is transitioning.

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, said:

“Finding new ways of working, promoting smarter use of technology and driving efficiency remain critical to the competitiveness of North Sea oil and gas production, supporting our aim of meeting as much of the UK’s energy needs as possible from our domestic resources. This industry is also actively involved in enabling the transition towards a lower carbon energy mix. Our ability to achieve these two goals depends on the skills and experience of our people today and tomorrow and the strategies we have in place to ensure existing and future generations develop the skills that equip us for the future.”

Key industry leaders Ariel Flores, BP; Dave Stewart, Wood and John Pearson from Petrofac will chair three separate business transition sessions. These will focus on efforts to accelerate the transition, better ways to unlock the UK North Sea’s potential together with the industry’s Efficiency Task Force and a session examining the impact of technology in delivering efficiency improvements.

The topics of workforce engagement and culture plus oil and gas skills development will feature in the people transition discussions. These include one led by John McDonald, OPITO plus additional activities aimed at encouraging new talent with transferable skills across different energy sectors.

Colette Cohen from the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) will chair discussions on transformational technologies in the energy transition, while Roger Esson, OGTC will focus thoughts on the role of diversification within the sector with input from organisations including Scottish Renewables, represented by Claire Mack.

Vision 2035, the industry’s ambition to add at least another generation of productive life to the UK North Sea and expand supply chain opportunities will feature in the energy transition session which will feature input from John Pearson, Petrofac; Graham Bennett, DNVGL and Bjorn Johansen from Equinor.

More than 500 people attended OGUK’s conference last year – with leading figures from industry, government, the regulators, academic and other trade associations, and this year the event is also supported by Stratasys GmbH and Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.

Places can be booked here.



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