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Decommissioning - the D word

Exploring ways to make decommissioning easier to manage
Graham Scotton
» Director
» Future Energy Partners Ltd
Steve Andrew
» Demolition and Remediation Manager
Philip Reid
» Solicitor
» CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
James Rosenshine
» Senior Industry Executive, Oil & Gas
» Dassault Systèmes

Full Agenda

Friday, June 23, 2017
The Geological Society

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How can decommissioning be easier to manage - including making it easier for more companies to get involved, and take on more of the responsibility? We'll explore this subject at our decommissoining forum in London on June 23.

At the Decom Offshore event in Aberdeen on May 24, Roger Esson, chief executive of Decom North Sea, began by saying that the subject might now be considered "late life asset management" or mature basin management," with many more skills and technologies coming into play.

Previously, the decommissioning business was previously (arguably) just about a relationship between operators and their contractors. Now we are seeing alliances form to offer a complete late life asset management service. Also, we are seeing innovations in insurance and financial management, and people exploring re-use of equipment both topsides and subsea.

More attention is being given to political, financial, regulatory and joint venture aspects, and much more strategic thinking overall is happening about different ways to move forward. There is also much thinking about what can be learned from the nuclear sector.

If you have subsurface expertise, there could be business opportunities too. Managing downhole risks is, of course, a very high priority and concern, and you may be able to assist. You could also provide advice about future production potential of an older asset.

It isn't just a UKCS opportunity - the Dutch are getting heavily involved. We heard at the conference that 75 per cent of the Netherlands' gas platforms will be uneconomic within 3-4 years at the current gas price. The Netherlands has 156 platforms and 700 wells, compared to 323 platforms and 4,000 wells in the UKCS.

You can find out more about the opportunities and join the discussion at our conference on June 23rd.

As on previous years, the conference will be chaired by Greg Coleman of Petromall, a former global head of HSEQ with BP (and current CEO of Independent Resources Group and Echo Energy), and Graham Scotton of Petromall, formerly COO of Dana Petroleum. We have speakers confirmed from ABB (on what we can learn from onshore decommissioning), Zolnai on managing the information supply chain, KM Dastur on approaches to insurance, and Christopher Lloyd of Petromall on new management approaches.

See Petromall Insights June 2017 report - "Making Decommissioning Easier to Manage"

Note: This event continues from our past 'Decommissioning - the D word!' event held in June 2016 - see the agenda - see the delegates list read the report


9:30 Graham Scotton - Director
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Chairman's introduction - current situation with North Sea decommissioning

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Graham is a former COO and acting CEO of Dana Petroleum Ltd. Before that he had a long career with BP with his most recent roles being in projects offshore Angola and in the Caspian.

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technic
10:00 Steve Andrew - Demolition and Remediation Manager

Taking Onshore learning Offshore

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Talk Description

  • What can be learnt from Onshore Decommissioning projects
  • What are the similarities and transferable skills
  • Lessons learnt, the effect of bad planning

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10:30 Andrew Zolnai - Owner

Improving the information supply chain for decommissioning

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Andrew Zolnai promotes web mapping and volunteer geo info at For almost a decade in EMEA he held geospatial lead and subsurface integration positions. The prior decade in the US he was petroleum manager with Esri and senior consultant Landmark Halliburton. His first decade in Canada he held various positions in petroleum data management, GIS and field mapping. He is Certified Petroleum Geologist with over a dozen refereed and industry publications.
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10:45 Christopher Lloyd - Consultant
Future Energy Partners Ltd

A new managed approach to decommissioning

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Christopher was formerly business development manager and strategic project manager with Reef Subsea, an offshore construction and survey company. He was the commercial manager for Reef Subsea for the company's part in the Fife, Fergus, Flora and Angus (FFFA) decommissioning projects. He is an experienced chartered engineer and operations manager having worked for the last 12 years in the North Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf. During his time at Saipem UK Limited he worked on one of the North Seas first major decommissioning project for the Frigg field and MCP-01 in 2007-2008, requiring the removal of four steel jacket structures and six topside platforms. He is currently consulting in the offshore energy space, of which decommissioning is playing an increasingly large part.

Christopher is on the national membership panel of the Energy Institute and the safety committee of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, as well as several other industry groups.

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technic
11:15 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:45 Steve Giles - Energy Divisional Director
KM Dastur & Company Limited

Decommissioning insurance and ring fencing costs

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KM Dastur Group is a leading independent insurance broker and risk advisor, with 27 offices in Asia
12:15 Philip Reid - Solicitor
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Transferring tax reliefs to pay for decommissioning – possible UK regulatory changes this year

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CMS, which provides clients with specialist, business- focused advice in law and tax matters. Our 3,
12:35 James Rosenshine - Senior Industry Executive, Oil & Gas
Dassault Systèmes

Using a digital platform approach and lifecycle management software to help with late life operations and decommissioning

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13:00 Lunch & Close

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