Conference & Events
The Conference discusses a wide range of subjects from 85+ experts in their field. In 2020, the theme was “New Perspectives“, and looked at exploiting the Blue Economy, energy transition and cross-sector collaboration to capitalise on emerging opportunites.
You can find all of the presentations delivered at Subsea Expo (where Subsea UK has been granted permission to publish them) on the Subsea UK website, here.
07:30 - 09:30 | Conference Suite 4Global Opportunities Business Breakfast Hosted by DIT and SDI
You are invited to register for this event from 07:30 here
The programme will include presentations focussing on Asia, Australia, India, Brazil and Mauritania
To date we have been informed that Commercial Officers from the following markets will be attending: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Kuwait, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Senegal. They will speak about opportunities in their markets. There will also be representatives from the CCUS, Hydrogen and Energy Efficiency Team and UK Export Finance in attendance. You can book a 1-2-1 interview with the representatives via our website here.
08:00 - 08:15
Global Head of Energy at Scottish Development International,
David Rennie has recently taken up a new role as the Global Head of Energy Trade with Scottish Development International, focused on helping Scottish companies to trade overseas in the energy space.
Prior to that role he held a number of roles within Scottish Enterprise. For most of his time with SE, he was head of Oil and Gas, working with stakeholders, the company base and trade bodies to help the sector to grow and evolve, as well as representing SE in a number of groups, including the Scottish Government Energy Jobs Task Force from 2015 – 2017 set up to deal with the downturn in the Energy sector.
Priorities over recent years included developing SE’s approach to decommissioning and subsea, leading an ambitious programme to grow Scotland’s Subsea Engineering sector, with a focus on supporting the company base; diversification and innovation.
Until recently, David was on the boards of both Subsea UK and the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC). David has been with Scottish Enterprise since 2010 and prior to that worked as an Economist for the Scottish Government, Welsh Development Agency and also in the private sector.
08:15 - 08:30
Asia / Australia
Scottish Development International
Blair joined SDI in Singapore in 2016. He is responsible for developing trade opportunities for Scottish companies in addition to facilitating inward investment projects into Scotland within the energy sector across SE Asia and Australia.
Prior to this, Blair worked in Myanmar for a local energy company where he led their Business Development department. This compromised of creating an Oil & Gas services division, developing 3 Oil & Gas Production Sharing Contracts amongst other renewable energy interests.
He began his career working in Shell as a consultant Data Manager in the UK, and as a Geologist in the Republic of Georgia working on gold mine and hydro dam projects.
He Holds a BSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Project Management from the Robert Gordon University.
Blair was recognised by the UN World Energy Council in 2016 as a Future Energy Leader.
08:30 - 08:45
Scottish Development International
Ketan Pednekar works as a Trade Specialist, Energy, Oil & Gas for Scottish Development International and is based in Mumbai. He has more than 20 years of varied experience in operations, projects and business development in Indian Energy sector. His experience includes project and operations of refinery, petroleum marketing, pipeline marketing, consulting and certification business in Indian Offshore Oil & Gas sector and is a member of SPE. He has also worked in Ports facilitating trade and development of LNG project for a port. He represents SDI in various Energy events in India and promotes Scottish companies in the Indian Energy Sector.
08:45 - 09:00
UK Export Finance
Export Finance Manager - Aberdeenshire, Tayside, Highlands & Islands, UK Export Finance
Alistair brings a wealth of experience in the international finance arena covering disciplines such as International Trade, International Cash Management and Global Custody Services. Alistair’s experience was gained throughout more than 25 years with a range of UK and Global institutions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
A short spell as an Account Manager and Senior Development Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise broadened Alistair’s experience working with a range of businesses in a public sector setting.
Alistair’s role as an Export Finance Manager within UK Export Finance draws on his experience, from both the private and public sector, of financing business growth through international trade. As the UK Government’s Export Credit Agency, UKEF was established to ensure that no valid export fails for lack of finance or insurance. Alistair’s role therefore includes providing solutions to facilitate bank support for export contracts, such as contract bonds and working capital, as well as export insurance and facilitating finance for overseas buyers of UK products and services.
09:00 - 09:15
Flavia Silva de Castro
Business Development Manager – Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals , British Government | Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General Rio de Janeiro
Flavia is Business Development Manager for DIT in Brazil focused on developing contacts in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals sectors, conducting market researches and identifying opportunities for UK companies in these sectors. Flavia´s main role is to develop and maintain a network of contacts in both sectors in order to assist UK companies in their efforts of doing business in Brazil. Flavia has been working with the major players in Brazil in both sectors to identify their critical demands and match with the capabilities of the suppliers from the UK. Apart from that, Flavia organises events in the UK and in Brazil, and organises Trade Missions to and from the UK. Flavia has a degree in Languages (English / Portuguese) and an Executive post-graduation degree in Oil & Gas.
09:15 - 09:30
Energy & Mining Adviser for the Department of International Trade at the British High Commission in Maputo – Mozambique, DIT
Ivan Adriano is currently the Energy & Mining Adviser for the Department of International Trade at the British High Commission in Maputo – Mozambique. Having joined the department in January of 2019, Ivan has been supporting UK supply chain with market access to Mozambique’s booming Oil & Gas sector.
Prior to Joining DIT, Ivan worked for Mitsui Europe PLC in Maputo in charge of Business Development while also assisting Mitsui’s Oil & Gas Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area 1 Limited subsidiary in Mozambique.
Head of Oil & Gas in the Department for International Trade,
Craig Jones is Head of Oil & Gas in the Department of International Trade, where he is responsible for the development of DIT export and inward investment promotion strategy for the oil and gas sector.
He has spent the last 22 years helping companies in the sector develop business internationally. DIT supports the oil and gas supply chain through various mechanisms, including ‘High Value Campaigns’ (HVC’s) in Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Brazil, East Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda), India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Mauritania. He took up his current position in May 2008, following a secondment to Shell.
Craig represents the DIT on the MER UK Supply Chain and Exports Task Force.
Over the course of a 38 year career in the UK Civil Service, Craig has worked on the delivery of services to business, regional development policy, EU issues and support to Ministers and senior officials.
10:00 - 12:00 | Conference Suite 1 A/BNew Perspectives - Plenary Session
What the Future Holds for the Subsea Industry
The overall theme for this year’s event is “New Perspectives”, as the road ahead for the subsea sector is not as straight forward as it has been in the past.
The plenary session starts at 10.00am on Tuesday 11th Feb 2020 and concludes by midday where there are approximately 250 to 300 delegates in attendance.
There will be an opening welcome from Neil Gordon, CEO, Subsea UK and this will be followed by a market outlook presentation from industry analysts Wood Mackenzie, leading into a panel session discussion made up of leaders from Offshore Renewables, O&G, CCUS, Hydrogen and Defence focusing on: Energy Transition and Cross-Sector Collaboration.
10:00 - 10:15
CEO, Subsea UK
Neil initially studied business in Aberdeen then trained as a commercial diver spending eight years carrying out numerous diving assignments in the UK and Norwegian waters involving new construction projects, pipeline surveys, welding and inspection. He has over 25 years’ management experience in director and business development roles, combined with over 15 years in the subsea industry.
Prior to joining Subsea UK, he spent four years managing the National Hyperbaric Centre which included project-managing saturation diving operations and hyperbaric weld trials. He more recently developed the subsea safety training and consultancy aspect of the business, where he regularly lectured to subsea engineers and delivered a range of training courses both in the UK and overseas.
He has experience working in India, Middle-east, Africa and Brazil and has worked with the Oil and Gas Producers diving operations sub-committee on client representative training and competency for subsea projects. He was also an active member of the IMCA diving safety, medical, technical and training committee.
Principal Analyst, Upstream Supply Chain Research, Wood Mackenzie
Through a challenging few years, the subsea industry has adapted and evolved. Mhairidh will present Wood Mackenzie’s latest insights on the current and future conditions for the subsea market – both locally and globally. She will talk about the new ways of working that are important for the industry’s success, and introduce the size of the prize emerging in the offshore wind market.
Mhairidh leads Wood Mackenzie’s global research on the subsea market. She works with upstream operators, investors and service companies, providing expertise and strategic analysis on offshore activity, costs and supply/demand dynamics.
Mhairidh previously spent four years as an expert in Wood Mackenzie’s North Sea research team. She joined Wood Mackenzie after six years in the subsea industry.
At roles with Tier 1 and 2 subsea contractors, she was responsible for leading tenders, establishing Frame Agreements, and commercialising new technologies
Chief Executive , Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), and has been in this role for 8 years. SHFCA is now recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe. SHFCA has over 80 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas, with many overseas members now involved in Scottish project activities.
Scotland is one of the leading locations in Europe for deployment of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell into developing low carbon energy systems. Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen and the Acorn project at St Fergus, hydrogen vehicles in Fife and plans for a 100% hydrogen demonstration network, and innovative projects in the Western Isles. The Orkney Islands are widely seen as exemplar clean energy islands, and are host to an increasing portfolio of hydrogen projects with an estimated value of £65M. The Orkney projects include the FCH-JU supported BIGHIT, the H2020 supported HySeas III development of the world’s first ocean-going roll-on-roll-off hydrogen ferry, Surf ‘n’ Turf, HyDime, ITEG, ReFLEX, as well as the iconic HyFlyer and HySpirits projects.
CEO, ORE Catapult
Andrew is Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a technology and innovation centre supporting businesses to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy technology. The Catapult provides deep technical expertise alongside large scale plant test capabilities.
He was previously at ScottishPower where he was responsible for energy policy and regulation in the renewables business.
He sits on the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, is a past Chair of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables and has led a number of reports for Government, including the Cost Reduction Task Force for Offshore Wind in 2012.
Sustainability Director, Oil & Gas UK
As Director of Sustainability within OGUK, Michael Tholen seeks to Help the UK’s oil and gas industry manage the Energy Transition and achieve a “net-zero” carbon goal by 2050. In this role he works closely with industry to reduce their own emissions from exploration and production activities and supports the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen to reduce the carbon impact from the use of oil and gas. His team is responsible for managing industry’s relationship with the UK, and Scottish Government and the EU on energy, carbon policy, economics and fiscal matters and he was previously head of Upstream Policy within OGUK,. He formerly worked for Shell for 20 years, in the UK and internationally, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a regular commentator on the energy scene.
Executive Director for Innovation , UK Defence Solution Centre
David Wotherspoon was born in Oban, Scotland, UK and is the Head of Innovation at the UK defence Solution Centre (UKDSC) and is responsible for the identification and scoping of thematic innovation opportunities aligned with the UKDSC’s core capability pillars. After enlisting in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1985, he trained as a mechanical engineer and military diving supervisor and saw active service in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan. David retired from the British Army and enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in January 2007, where he served as a development officer in the Special Operations Command (SOCOMD). During this period, he project-managed a number of technically challenging innovative projects in support of military operations.
More recently, after retirement from the Australian Defence Force in 2011 (Reservist until 2014), David became the operations director and program manager for the successful DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition designing, manufacturing and operating a bespoke manned submersible that operated at 11000msw. Further David was the program manager for the design, manufacture and operations of the 4500m Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Subastian, a successful modular freeflying ROV that is in operations with the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), before joining UKDSC, David was the senior program manager at Saildrone , an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) fleet operating in the Bering Sea and East Coast of the USA.
13:30 - 16:00 | Meeting Room 4Cables
13:25 - 13:30
Tim qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1980 from Coventry Technical College having served a Technical apprenticeship in the Automotive Industry. With more than 30 years of experience in the International Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Tim has been a strong supporter of the supply chain and has been responsible for a number of initiatives aimed at creating greater collaboration opportunities, enhanced technical delivery whilst maintaining robust commercial delivery. He has been responsible for opening a number of overseas offices bringing vital local content whilst delivering strong revenues to its parent companies.
Tim has during his career held a variety of commercial roles specialising in Subsea engineering, construction and most notably flexible and rigid pipelines. He has held a number of senior roles, including Vice President Commercial for Technip in Houston, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore in the UK, MD of Stolt Offshore (Acergy) Group CEO at Rotech, COO of Reef Subsea and Commercial Director of Ashtead Technology.
Tim joined Oceaneering in 2016, and now works for Boskalis Subsea Services as Global Business Development and Strategy Director. He has been involved with Subsea UK from its inception, finally joining the board in 2007 bringing a diverse knowledge of not only the UK but international Oil & Gas markets.
13:30 - 14:00
Locate faults never before found with the C-Kore Subsea TDR
General Manager, C-Kore Systems Ltd
Traditional downline TDR testing has many well-known disadvantages, including unwieldy operation, attenuated signals and unwanted reflections, which limit their usefulness. The fast and automated C-Kore Subsea TDR tests directly into cables, which allows detection of near-end faults and tiny discontinuities. Examples of real-world data will be presented to show what is now possible.
Greg is General Manager of C-Kore. He has an engineering background, with a master’s in electronic engineering from York, where he graduated top of his year, and an MBA with distinction from Warwick. He has been with C-Kore since its foundation and personally developed the Cable Monitor from first prototype to production. Presently he oversees the team and makes sure C-Kore fulfils customer needs.
14:00 - 14:30
Innovating Subsea Power Cable Repairs
Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors
In 2019, Irish Sea Contractors launched AERSUB, a modular in-situ subsea power cable repair system designed to operate in up to 200m water depths to repair any type of cable while negating the need for lifting the product to the deck of a ship for repair. AERSUB opens the market for cable repairs to a broader set of vessels while improving actual repair time and reducing costs by more than 50%.
Alex is Commercial Director for Irish Sea Contractors and General Manager for Searchwise, a local subsidiary. Alex has been involved in the development, planning and construction of renewable energy projects since 2005 with a focus on the subsea cable industry since 2011. He has an MBA, a confused heritage and is well-known in the offshore renewables and subsea cables industry.
14:30 - 15:00
Utilising cable installation techniques and experience from within the Oil & Gas sector in new, emerging markets such as offshore wind
Assistant Project Manager, Global Offshore
The oil & gas market was established long before the more recent boom in offshore wind. Whilst the downturn in oil & gas has led to a dip in the number of opportunities for work, the emergence of this new market has opened doors for many to take the skills and experience of operations within oil & gas, into offshore renewables.
Alister has nine years of professional experience in the subsea construction industry. This has involved providing project management & engineering solutions in renewables, power and O&G sectors.
Projects have included export and array cable installation in offshore windfarms (both floating and fixed foundations), replacement of island interconnector cables and an umbilical installation.
15:00 - 15:30
A collaborative engineering approach to minimise operational risk and overall subsea cable installation time utilising new ploughing technology
Business Development Manager, Global Offshore
A case study of the unrivalled pre-lay plough technology demonstrates its capability to operate in more challenging seabeds consisting of boulders, boulder clays and glacial tills. The simultaneous boulder clearance and single pass trenching ability of this new innovation is designed to reduce time, bring down the cost of trenching operations and deliver an earlier return on investment.
Before joining Global Offshore in 2018, Rob was part of the Tendering department at Subsea 7 i-Tech working on a variety of life of field and drill-rig support tenders.
Rob also has extensive subsea burial experience working within Helix Canyon Offshore, both tendering and managing a number of subsea trenching projects in the oil and gas, renewables and electrification markets.
15:30 - 16:00
Reducing the cost of power cable outage
Commercial Director , Synaptec Ltd
Synaptec invented the worlds first fully passive distributed sensor networks for MV and HV power systems. This unique technology is already deployed in transmission networks around Europe, helping operators by reducing outages, preventing or limiting asset damage, and minimizing O&M costs. The company has developed instrumentation, based on our patented technologies, that utilises existing optical fibres installed within all power cables to enhance protection, monitoring and control functions for distributed HV and MV assets which are often remote and inaccessible. This means we can monitor every power cable, every termination and every bay in the substation for at least 50% less space, weight and cost while delivering faster, safer and more secure response to faults.
This unique technology is smaller, faster, longer range, completely passive, and lower cost both to install and to maintain compared with any existing instrumentation technology. One system can aggregate measurements from 50 separate locations up to 100 KM away literally at the speed of light, meaning that for the first time, every individual array cable, export cable, and every turbine can now be electrically protected, monitored and controlled individually and remotely.
We are able to combine protection and metering class measurements of Voltage, Current, Temperature, Strain and Vibration of ANY HV or MV conductor simultaneously from any offshore location. This results in faster automated cable fault location and response, as well as improved export cable health monitoring, power quality, and dynamic line rating in real time. Applications now being developed include remote control, and data correlation with other distributed measurement systems to predict and prevent in-service cable faults, characterise and locate electrical faults, and simplify offshore substation electrical schemes to reduce space and cost of energy generation offshore in the hundreds of millions of pounds.
Synaptec recently deployed its first offshore wind farm demonstrator at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Levenmouth windfarm, with support from InnovateUK.
Saul has 28 years of global sales and marketing leadership experience, launching disruptive new hardware, software and telecoms technologies like Bluetooth, Skype, and now DES (Distributed Electrical Sensor) networks. These networks are already delivering capital and operational cost savings of £millions to transmission operators and will benefit offshore wind over five timescales;
Simplified busbar protection to make substations smaller during the design phase
Improved commissioning to remedy installation faults whilst contractors are still on site
Automating response to array cable faults to reduce outage time, risk and asset damage
Combining real-time electrical and mechanical sensing to optimise asset use safely
Asset life extension by predictive maintenance in one holistic asset monitoring system combing DES with other distributed sensing technologies, sold as a service for the first time.
13:00 - 16:30 | Meeting Room 7Inspection
12:55 - 13:00
Ian MacLeod is the Wood Technical Director for Asset Performance Optimisation. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE.
He has 19 years experience in integrity related services, and has previously held Technical Manager roles for an Accredited Inspection Body, and is a member of the industrial leadership panel on the ORCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) project.
Much of his experience and background is in the subsea arena, with a particular specialist knowledge in flexible pipe technology where he has also been the technical lead / author on the SureFlex JIP and Energy Institute Guidance.
13:00 - 13:30
Informing decisions on subsea assets using Ashtead Technology’s standardised subsea monitoring methods
Regional Director - Europe, Ashtead Technology
An overview of Ashtead Technology’s views and work on permanent monitoring and data management applications. The presentation highlights examples of configurations that target specific requirements. It also shares with delegates Ashtead’s vision of the future in monitoring of subsea assets and the integration of real-world data with modelling methods to inform decisions.
Brett has more than 20 years experience across the oil and gas industry having worked in various technical and engineering roles for companies including Expro Group and Woodside Offshore Petroleum. Prior to joining Ashtead Technology in 2016, Brett was the CEO of HCS Control Systems.
13:30 - 14:00
In-situ radiography inspection of flexible risers
Research Fellow, London South Bank Innovation Centre
The developments under EU H2020 funded project “RiserSure” towards a semi-automated system for in-situ inspection of flexible risers will be discussed.
Aman is a research fellow with London South Bank Innovation Centre (LSBIC) at TWI. She had been technical lead for Risersure Scanner development. She has extensive industrial experience on design & development of realtime control systems for mechatronic systems. Her interests include development of technologies for deployable autonomous robotic systems for various industries including oil & gas.
14:00 - 14:30
Existing and future challenges in the subsea inspection market.
Andy Freeman and Dan Jones
Inspection Manager and Inspection Services Project Manager, ROVOP
Subsea inspection is a critical step in managing the integrity of offshore assets. With many assets operating considerably beyond their design life, IRM (Inspection, Repair and Maintenance) is a challenge that all operators face.
Hear from leading subsea robotics specialists, ROVOP, who have supported IRM activities in both the renewables and oil and gas sectors since the company was founded in 2011.
ROVOP will present on the current status of subsea inspection, the primary challenges faced by operators and duty holders and look at what the future may hold for subsea inspection:
- Will autonomous vehicles and remote working ever completely replace offshore inspection personnel?
- Does the nature of IRM activities mean that there will always be a requirement for trained inspection personnel to be deployed offshore?
- What does this mean for operators and service providers?
Andy began his career in digital imaging in 1996 before spending 5 years as Project Manager with a national digitisation charity (SCRAN).
Andy completed his MSc in Electronic Information Management in 2007 whilst working in a technology and knowledge management role with the Robert Gordon University.
In 2008 Andy moved to the oil and gas industry, initially within a knowledge management role with Subsea 7, but quickly transferring to inspection where he worked his way up from inspection technologist to inspection coordinator, running inspection campaigns both onshore and offshore with divers and ROVs.
Since then, Andy has worked with Bibby Offshore, Harkand and M2 Subsea running inspection departments, before joining ROVOP in late 2019 to establish an inspection capability and service delivery function.
Dan started his career in 2003, with CP services provider Subspection and has worked in Subsea Inspection throughout the world since then. With 13 years offshore experience, he worked on a variety of diver and ROV projects, managing numerous inspection scopes for execution contractors and client operators, in both oil/gas and renewables sectors.
Moving to a fully onshore role in January 2016, he became the head of the Inspection department at Bibby Offshore (now Rever) in Aberdeen, delivering both pipeline and structural inspection services for a variety of operators. He has now moved to ROVOP, to help develop their inspection services offering.
14:30 - 15:00
Subsea crack detection using new "Over marine growth" ACFM probe
Mechanical Lead Engineer, TSC Subsea
TSC have developed a new Over Marine Growth (OMG) subsea array probe capable of inspecting through coatings of up to 8mm. The probe is optimised to work in a range of geometries allowing inspection of welds in acute angles and on flat plates. The objective is to significantly reduce the cleaning requirement for ACFM inspection whist maintaining detection sensitivity for small defects.
Mike has been working with TSC since 2016 developing robotic tooling for subsea ACFM inspection projects. He is deployed all over the world on offshore jobs to conduct remote inspection of nodal joints by ROV. Prior to working at TSC he designed Formula race cars and studied at Swansea University where he obtained Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering.
15:00 - 15:30
Revolutionizing, digitizing and maximizing inspection data
Business Developer, Comex Innovation
The historical process of inspecting a subsea asset is no longer fit for purpose. We need a robust and holistic approach to inspection that will give us more data from which to make clearer, safer decisions and make more accurate measurements. As such 3D reconstructions of underwater assets is currently a hot topic; and the Comex ORUS3D system is at the cutting edge of this technology.
Jonathan Morvan, Comex Innovation Business Developer has over 10 years’ experience in the underwater industry as he joined Comex in 2008. Starting as a surveyor, ROV pilot and professional diver, he quickly became a project manager on numerous projects. He is now in charge of the wordwide business development of the ORUS3D system services provided by the Comex Innovation team of experts.
15:30 - 16:00
Revolutionary Autonomous Subsea Inspection Capability: Reducing Ship Time, Increasing Safety and Reducing Costs
Commercial Technical Sales Manager, L3Harris
This presentation will provide user accounts of how the system is performing in its current state and the next steps on the roadmap to commercial deployment. The talk will also cover the next stages of the programme, which will include detail on the further development of the ROV launch and recovery capability.
Responsible for bringing L3Harris’ Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) solutions to market for survey and offshore energy applications. James has over 10 years’ experience in business development and project management, drawing on core engineering skills and experience from a range of other industries.
The use of Artificial Intelligence in Subsea Robotics
Commercial Manager, Rovco
In this talk, we explore what AI means for subsea robotics and how Rovco is exploiting this technology to capture and communicate new 3D representations of underwater structures and automate routine tasks with our Deep Learning technologies, enabling higher performance, greater insight and understanding of subsea assets.
Joe Tidball is the Commercial Manager at Rovco assists with all business areas to ensure project success. He has worked alongside the Rovco R&D team since its inception to provide clients with novel solutions to ever more complex challenges. Joe has an MSc in Hydrography and is a Cat A Hydrographic Surveyor.
13:00 - 16:30 | Conference Suite 4Succeeding with Marginal Developments hosted by the OGA and TLB
1: Setting the Scene
Founder and Managing Director , Aspect Reputation Management
Andrew is an experienced corporate affairs professional who founded Aspect Reputation Management in 2015 following a 15-year career in the private sector. A trusted advisor to chief executives, Andrew has been a C-suite executive in the energy, oil and gas, utilities, transport and infrastructure sectors. He has worked with listed companies, private equity shareholders, governments and sovereign shareholders to deliver significant transactions and transformations.
13:00 - 13:10
Introduction - Size of the prize and supply chain opportunities
CEO , Subsea UK
13:10 - 13:25
Marginal Fields Overview from the Government Perspective
Head of Technology, Oil and Gas Authority
Carlo Procaccini has over 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He is currently the Head of Technology of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, and his remit covers technology and innovation for UKCS, from R&D to field deployment. He started his career in projects and operations for oil and gas downstream and E&P. Carlo joined the OGA from Schlumberger and his experience has included development and performance improvements of offshore assets, both in the UK and internationally. Carlo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.
13:25 - 13:30
Neptune Energy’s Seagull Project: Success through a partnership approach
Director of Projects & Engineering, Neptune Energy UK
Neptune Energy, BP and Japex are collaborating on the Seagull project, developed with four subsea wells drilled from a new four-slot manifold and tied back to the BP-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF), some 17 kilometres from the field in the Central North Sea. It is an excellent example of industry players working together to accelerate commercial delivery, early engagement with supply chain partners to co-create an efficient technical solution and making best use of existing infrastructure, in this case, the Heron pipeline system via a newly installed tie-in skid at the Egret manifold.
Alan Muirhead has more than 16 years of experience in engineering and project management. He joined Neptune Energy to lead the Projects and Engineering group and is responsible for the project delivery activities across the UKCS.
Previously, Alan held senior roles including Development Manager for Apache where he was responsible for delivering major field developments and providing decommissioning expertise. Alan has also held a number of senior project roles during an extended career as a consultant in the UK and internationally.
13:30 - 13:35
Heavy Oil (Polymer and LowSal EOR)
Steve Brown is a petroleum engineer with nearly forty years of experience. He has a commercial, project development and operational background and has a BA in Chemical Engineering from Peterhouse, Cambridge. He started his career with BP as a petrophysicist and worked on a number of equity negotiations, before joining the well completions design group; he then had a spell as an Offshore Production Engineer on Forties Bravo followed by a period of time in Corporate Planning. In 1993 he led the Harding pre-project team for BP achieving partner and corporate approval for the project and was the first Andrew operations manager during the project execution phase.
Since leaving BP he founded the upstream consultancy Challenge Energy (now part of SLR), the Nigerian focussed oil company, Exile Resources (now Oando Energy Resources), and Setanta Energy which had a development project in Gabon. He also worked with Halliburton and Petrofac.
In 2014 he founded The Steam Oil Production Company Ltd to apply for the Pilot field in the 27th Licensing Round. Since renamed Pharis Energy Ltd, the company has over 400 MMbbls of discovered, and well appraised, moderately heavy oil in place in 80 metres of water in the Central North Sea.
13:35 - 14:00
Q & A Panel – Tony Laing, NSRI will join the panel
Director - Research and Market Acceleration , NSRI
Tony has a career in the Oil and Gas energy sector, spanning over 35 years, with roles in E & P Operators, multinationals, technology suppliers and niche consultancies; in addition to supporting academia. Over the last 20 years, this has been at senior business and technical leadership level, with many technology and commercial industry firsts, across the E & P production life cycle from field developments to late life and decommissioning. These roles have been both in the UK and overseas, with assignments in Norway, Africa, China and India.
Tony is a strong believer in technology enabling, driving business and economic growth; NSRI can play a key role within the wider subsea sector assisting from inception to realisation in the market proposition.
Presently he is the Director Research and Market Acceleration of the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI).
2: Subsea Tie-Backs
14:00 - 14:10
Pumping, in-line Separation and local Seawater injection
Fields Developments Manager , Intecsea
Andy is a production assurance specialist with >25 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas business and was one of the founders of Ingen, which is now part of Advisian.
Andy’s expertise covers reservoir, subsea pipeline, topsides facility and export design, operation and economics. He has supported many projects from the feasibility stage through detailed design to offshore hook up, commissioning and start-up. This skill set and range of experience together with the tools and methods developed by Ingen means that he is able to quickly identify the optimum field development solutions.
Andy’s experience has developed over a large number of marginal fields where his skill set facilitates an integrated and holistic approach helping to unlock the value in these developments often requiring innovative technology and approaches. Doing this requires a detailed appreciation of all aspects of the development covering subsurface, subsea, topsides and commercial. Since the year 2000, this approach has been consistently successful in its application with Ingen having successfully supported the development of over 20 fields for clients in the UK and overseas.
- Leadership at both project and company level
- Upstream oil and gas field development
- Managing interface between subsurface and facility design
- Management of multi-discipline engineering teams
- Flow assurance from concept through to production
- Artificial lift and IOR/EOR techniques
14:10 - 14:20
Subsea Boosting, Processing and Tree design
Director, Business Development UK, Mediterranean and Caspian, TechnipFMC
As Director, Business Development for TechnipFMC’s UK, Mediterranean and Caspian area, Ross is responsible for early engagement with current and future clients to successfully support their subsea requirements and prospect development opportunities.
With more than 20 years’ experience in various roles from design engineering, project execution, tendering and sales through to Executive management, Ross has extensive knowledge of the North Sea market.
In his previous role as VP Sales & Business Development at TechnipFMC Umbilicals, Ross was head of global business development and tendering and was based in Newcastle. In this role Ross successfully managed a global team encompassing three manufacturing sites in Newcastle, Houston and Lobito.
Ross is married with a young family and in his spare time, enjoys a game of golf and helping out with his son’s football team.
14:20 - 14:30
Subsea control system tie-backs to late-life assets; Managing the unknown.
Business Development Manager, Viper Innovations Ltd
The presentation will propose that the key unknown when considering the tie-back of a marginal field to a late-life controls infrastructure is likely to be the degree to which the components and sub-systems have degraded over the course of their operational life. Without an accurate picture of the current status and historical trend of the key performance indicators there is a real danger of either an over conservatism, concluding that expensive replacement infrastructure will be required, which may render the project too marginal, or a lack of appreciation of existing integrity threats which could result in excessive OPEX costs once the tie-back has been completed. Viper will describe how sound methodologies for managing system integrity from installation to planned decommissioning are vital in enabling informed decision making when considering the expansion of an asset that might otherwise be in its twilight years.
Jeremy has been a subsea controls engineer for 25 years and has spent most of that time supporting operators of subsea fields around the world to sustain and enhance the life span of systems that are critical to the production of oil & gas from the seabed. He joined Viper Innovations 12 years ago and has been responsible for building the company’s Subsea Asset Integrity Management capability; bringing a fresh approach and new technologies to bear on the problem of how to keep mission-critical systems, that are installed in harsh and inaccessible locations, working better and longer.
14:30 - 15:00
Q & A Panel
3: Standalone Facilities
15:00 - 15:10
Floating NUI: Unlocking marginal developments’
Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd/Crondall
David is the General Manager of Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary of Crondall Energy Consultants Ltd. David has worked in the Upstream Oil and Gas industry for the past decade, focussed on Floating Production Systems. He has a Master’s degree in Ship Science and an MBA from Henley Business School.
15:10 - 15:20
Amplus Marginal Field Development Solution
Chartered Engineer, Amplus Energy Services Limited
Development of marginal resources is simply not economically viable using the existing using conventional development techniques with extended subsea infrastructure.
The Amplus VPU solution employs reconfigured DP2/DP3 vessels and as a result can be placed very close to wellhead/tree locations reducing CAPEX and improving field economics. This has been proven in recent work undertaken in West Africa.
Through their Transocean/Halliburton/TechnipFMC /Amplus consortium they can offer a “full package” fast-track, economic and flexible development & operating solution via which multiple existing discoveries could be brought into production
James is a Chartered Engineer with 24 years of oil and gas industry experience in project delivery and operations with Coflexip Stena Offshore , ExxonMobil, Ithaca Energy Ltd and Iona Energy Ltd
15: 20 - 15:30
Project Engineer, Process & Controls, NOV
Hans Engum started working in NOV in 2018. Mr. Engum works as a project engineer, where he supports product development, mechanical design and system testing for NOV Subsea Products. He has 5 years of experience with structural verification through analysis and testing from different industries and holds an M.Sc degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
15:30 - 16.00
Q & A Panel
4: Energy Integration
16:00 - 16.05
Gas to Wire, Electrification, Blue Hydrogen
Solution Centre Manager , The OGTC
Martyn leads the Net Zero Solution Centre and is passionate about ensuring that the oil and gas industry helps enable the transition to a low carbon future: “the skills, experience and infrastructure established over the last four decades in NE Scotland and the wider UK oil and gas industry will have a pivotal role to play if we are to meet our net-zero targets.”
A chartered engineer who has worked in both the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors over the last 20 years, Martyn works tirelessly to support the development of technologies that create employment and export opportunities while simultaneously tackling the greatest challenge of our age.
Away from work Martyn enjoys coaching his two primary school age sons’ football and rugby teams, reading, running and spending time with friends and family.
16:05 - 16:10
Jersey Oil and Gas
Stephen Kirby is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers with 25 years of greenfield & brownfield project development experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. Stephen started his career working for engineering contractors on developments in the UK, Denmark and Brazil on projects for both manned & unmanned fixed platforms, floating production facilities and subsea tiebacks. In 2001 Stephen moved to work for Kerr-McGee (North Sea) Ltd as Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Manager for the Maclure & Tullich field developments, following which he joined Nexen Petroleum (UK) Ltd. Working initially as Health, Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility Manager, before moving to Facilities Engineering Manager, Stephen was part of the project management team that successfully delivered both the Buzzard and Golden Eagle field developments from concept selection to production
16:10 - 16:15
Gas to Wire combined with CCS
CEO , TiGRE Group
Rob Hastings is currently CEO of the TiGRE Group (Transition to integrated Gas and Renewable Energy). TiGRE is building a portfolio of gas-to-wire project in the Southern North Sea, in addition to developing technology solutions for carbon capture and sequestration – TiGRE SEALS (Sequestered Emissions at Locational Source). Previously Rob was Director of The Crown Estate (TCE) responsible for the Energy and Infrastructure portfolio for 10yrs. In his time at TCE, Rob crafted and implemented the Round 3 offshore wind programme, which has been responsible for the industrial upscale of offshore wind energy in the UK. Rob’s portfolio was wide and he was also responsible for the implementation of the CCUS programme, in particular the leases for Goldeneye and White Rose. Prior to TCE, Rob worked for a number of companies active in the oil and gas and offshore renewables sectors, including Shell UK and SLP where he set up the renewable business delivering some ground-breaking projects.
16:15 - 16:30
Q & A Panel – Laurent Parra, Total E & P UK will join the panel
Strategy and Business Director , TOTAL E & P UK
Career to date
Laurent joined Total in September 1992, as Drilling & Completions Engineer and held various positions in operations in Yemen, Venezuela and Scotland. In 2000 moved to a development engineering manager role for 5 years in Paris and Angola.
In 2007 Laurent moved to Business development roles in New Ventures in Paris followed by 4 years in Argentina and Australia where he took as Asset Manager and Business Development Director.
In 2017 Laurent took a new challenge as head of Conquest 2020 project from Paris, aiming at improving individual and collective behaviours within the EP branch.
In September 2019 Laurent Joined TEPUK as Strategy and Business Director.
Laurent graduated from Engineering school of Mines in 1991.
Laurent is married and has two sons.
17:00 - 19:00 | The ViewInternational Reception hosted by DIT, SDI and Subsea UK
Sponsored by the Department for International Trade, Scottish Development International and Subsea UK, join us for this international reception at The View, P&J Live on the first evening of Subsea Expo. Register for free.