Efficiency, Exploration & Innovation – Keys to the Successes of the UKCS

27 November 2018

Hilton Tower Bridge, London

Join Petroleum Pioneers: North Sea 2018 – the leading oil and gas conference.

 

This year, you can hear vital strategic insight from prominent players in the North Sea as we dive into efficiency, price volatility, investment tactics, cost-cutting innovations and exploration. Discover the latest collaboration measures between operators and suppliers, with senior executives from Baker Hughes and Petrofac discussing their own incentives to deliver low-cost service provision. 

 

Speaker Spotlight

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK Country Manager and SVP Customer Management (Europe & Africa), Aker Solutions

With a career spanning over 25 years, Sian has held a number of leadership roles across oil & gas, blue chip and start-up companies. Sian leads the customer management function for Europe and Africa as Senior Vice President. With her UK leadership team, Sian is committed to growing the company’s operations in the country, with a focus on increasing front end, early customer engagement and developing a world class services business.

The programme is packed full with the most innovative, exciting and knowledgeable speakers from across the oil & gas industry.

Take this opportunity to learn from the biggest names in the industry , get your questions answered, and create strategies for the future.

Get the most out of your time out of the office. Choose between our financial strategies session & the new technologies session.

Bring your team and benefit from the 15% group discounts to not miss content across both stages.

Take advantage of more than 4 hours of dedicated networking time to meet with your peers.

Strike up meaningful conversations that will provide you with industry insight and build the partnerships that can transform the future of your strategy.

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Speakers

Nicholas Ashton | Equinor

Nicholas Ashton

Senior Vice President, Exploration, Norway & UK, Equinor

Nick Terrell Azinor Catalyst Petroleum Pioneers

Nick Terrell

Managing Director, Azinor Catalyst

Graham Stewart, Faroe Petroleum

Graham Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, Faroe Petroleum

Mhairidh Evans, Wood MacKenzie Photo | Petroleum Pioneers Speaker

Mhairidh Evans

Principal Supply Chain Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

Andy Crouch | Alpha Petroleum

Andy Crouch

Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Petroleum

Andrew Hockey | Independent Oil and Gas

Andrew Hockey

Chief Executive Officer, Independent Oil & Gas

Sian Lloyd Rees

Sian Lloyd Rees

UK Country Manager and SVP Customer Management , Aker Solutions

Robin Allan, Premier Oil | Petroluem Pioneers Speaker

Robin Allan

Director, North Sea & Exploration, Premier Oil

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Barclays

“A fantastic event, with high quality speakers from well-known industry experts. The venue was first class with the opportunity to network with a wide range of Oil and Gas professionals, financiers and technicians.”

Relationship Director – Natural Resources, Barclays

Wood Group

“Another superb event from Petroleum Pioneers. This is the second time I have attended this conference and again I found it very beneficial. The cross section of attendees from operators, service companies and investors makes this a superb networking opportunity.”

Vice President – Strategy & Development Europe, Wood Group

Heerema

“Rare opportunity to hear latest thinking and insights from industry leaders, with ample opportunity to network with them in breaks.”

General Manager, Heerema Group

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North Sea 2018 Tuesday, 27 November 2018

9:00

Welcome Address & Chair's Opening Remarks by Paul de Leeuw, Professor at Robert Gordon University

Session 1

Maximising profitability: the outlook for the UKCS

9:10

You Can’t Always Get What you Want: balancing risk and reward in an E&P


Graham Stewart, Faroe Petroleum
Graham Stewart

Chief Executive Officer , Faroe Petroleum

09:30

Pursuing exploration in the mature basin: perspectives from the frontier

Azinor Catalyst’s recent success in the 30th licensing round is a signal of its desire for continued exploration in the North Sea. Nick Terrell will discuss the challenges ahead for firms seeking to expand and solidify their asset base in the current UKCS, reflecting on the technologies and collaboration needed for success.


Nick Terrell Azinor Catalyst Petroleum Pioneers
Nick Terrell

Managing Director , Azinor Catalyst

09:50

Cultivating a portfolio fit for the future

  • What are the current priorities for development and production?
  • How will Equinor ensure strong returns in the mature basin of the UKCS?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of Equinor’s current portfolio?
  • What opportunities are there for cross-learning between the UK and Norwegian sectors?

Nicholas Ashton | Equinor
Nicholas Ashton

Senior Vice President, Exploration, Norway & UK , Equinor

10:10

Capitalising on the upswing — sustaining cost reductions with a booming Brent


Sian Lloyd Rees
Sian Lloyd Rees

UK Country Manager and SVP Customer Management , Aker Solutions

10:30
Leaders’ Forum

A new phase in the cycle: building on a platform of efficiency

  • Will the current trend in oil prices be sustainable in the long term?
  • What do recent changes in the price cycle mean for the operators?
  • How can the industry lock in the efficiency gains already made?
  • Will the UKCS see new developments and continued frontier exploration?
  • Blockchain, AI and robotics: What impact will they have on the UKCS?
  • How will operator-supply chain relations develop as the industry moves into the next stage?
  • What can the industry do to avoid future cost increases and shortages?
  • How will the industry manage the risks of a downturn in the cycle?

Graham Stewart, Faroe Petroleum
Graham Stewart

Chief Executive Officer , Faroe Petroleum

Nick Terrell Azinor Catalyst Petroleum Pioneers
Nick Terrell

Managing Director , Azinor Catalyst

Nicholas Ashton | Equinor
Nicholas Ashton

Senior Vice President, Exploration, Norway & UK , Equinor

Paul Mayland

Chief Operational Officer , Cairn Energy

Sian Lloyd Rees
Sian Lloyd Rees

UK Country Manager and SVP Customer Management , Aker Solutions

11:00

Refreshments

Session 2

Supply-chain relations — nurturing trust for effective delivery

11:30

Clarity in project management: a long-term approach to cost cutting

  • Does an inclusive approach to project management reduce costs?
  • Can more rigorous financial scrutiny reduce friction between contractors?
  • How can collaborative project management reduce duplications and oversight?
  • How might the industry work together to improve asset standardisation?

John Pearson | Petrofac
John Pearson

Chief Operating Officer , Petrofac

11:50
Case study

Alpha Petroleum & The Cheviot Field

Simplification & Standardisation: the new norm for sustaining efficiency across project development

  • How does early engagement work and what are ‘supplier lead solutions’?
  • How does Production enhancement work and what is a pain/gain contract?
  • I have some assets and liability, how do I manage them off my balance sheet?

Andy Crouch | Alpha Petroleum
Andy Crouch

Chief Executive Officer , Alpha Petroleum

12:10
Adapting to the new world: what’s next for the offshore supply chain?
  • How has the offshore supply chain evolved since 2013?
  • What’s the supply and demand outlook for the supply chain?
  • How does the North Sea market look compared to the global picture?
  • How has the offshore supply chain evolved since 2013?
  • What structural changes have helped the industry adapt & what more needs to be done?

Mhairidh Evans, Wood MacKenzie Photo | Petroleum Pioneers Speaker
Mhairidh Evans

Principal Supply Chain Analyst , Wood Mackenzie

12:30
Panel discussion

Sustaining productivity across the stream: maintaining flexibility and growth

  • What is the current state of the supplier market as it recovers from the 2014 crash?
  • How can the industry retain flexibility as the market recovers?
  • How can major service companies improve the capacity of the wider supply chain?
  • What would the supply chain like to see from operators?
  • Have there been changes to contract structures to mitigate and better distribute risk?
  • What is the role of the supply chain in maximising the benefits of new technologies?
  • What impact will AI & robotics have on the supply chain?
  • What will be the impact of the new SCAPs guidance?

Andy Crouch | Alpha Petroleum
Andy Crouch

Chief Executive Officer , Alpha Petroleum

John Pearson | Petrofac
John Pearson

Chief Operating Officer , Petrofac

Carl Roemmele | BHGE
Carl Roemmele

Integrated Services Solutions , BHGE

Mark Richardson | Neptune Energy
Mark Richardson

Vice President, Projects , Neptune Energy

Mhairidh Evans, Wood MacKenzie Photo | Petroleum Pioneers Speaker
Mhairidh Evans

Principal Supply Chain Analyst , Wood Mackenzie

13:00

Lunch

Session 3

Technology across the lifecycle

14:00
Case study

Total

Applying data analytics to the North Sea: recommendations from a supermajor

Hear from the Strategy and Analytics Leader from Total, as he shares some of his team’s data experiences so far and the lessons they’ve learnt to date.


Niall Rowantree | Total
Niall Rowantree

Strategy & Analytics Leader , Total

14:20

Advances in automated design approval – Improved accuracy, consistency and efficiency, how automated design reviews will change the way we deliver projects


Tim Hare_DNV GL
Tim Hare

Development & Innovation Manager CAPEX , DNV GL

14:40
Panel discussion

The vast potential of tech: cutting costs and boosting flexibility

  • How will the industry effectively exploit the opportunities technology will bring?
  • To what extent would changes in market structure unlock more technological investment?
  • Will AI and IoT processes be cost efficient at the exploration stage?
  • How likely is AI to enhance flexibility within the industry?
  • How can the innovations taking place worldwide, such as Blockchain, be transferred to the North Sea?
  • To what extent is the industry ready for rapid technological change?
  • Is there a culture of resistance to technology?
  • How should the OGA ensure technological investment is viable for both the bigger and smaller players?

Niall Rowantree | Total
Niall Rowantree

Strategy & Analytics Leader , Total

Tim Hare_DNV GL
Tim Hare

Development & Innovation Manager CAPEX , DNV GL

David-Edem-Chrysaor
David Edem

Director, Digital & Data , Chrysaor

Stephen_Sheal_Oil_&_Gas_Technology_Centre
Stephen Sheal

External Relationship Director , Oil & Gas Technology Centre

15:10

Refreshments

Session 4

Strategic growth in maturing fields — exploration and development

15:40
Case study

Independent Oil & Gas

Harnessing the value of aging assets: strategically integrating satellite fields

In the recent licensing round, Independent Oil and Gas won three satellite fields all within potential tie-back range of the Thames pipeline. Meanwhile, Independent Oil & Gas are in the process of recommissioning the pipeline to transport gas instead of oil as part of the Blythe and Vulcan Satellite field gas hubs development. In this case study, Andrew Hockey will explain how the acquisition of these fields are part of their wider MER-centred strategy to revitalise the aging infrastructure of the region, creating an integrated network of gas fields and unlocking the resources within.


Andrew Hockey | Independent Oil and Gas
Andrew Hockey

Chief Executive Officer , Independent Oil & Gas

16:00
Case study

Premier Oil

The Tolmount gas field: negotiating efficiency savings in a flexible market place

The Tolmount gas field project, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, took off with impressively low capex commitments for Premier Oil. By outsourcing the infrastructure alongside typical end to end service provisions the project demonstrates the continued scope for cost-efficient large-scale developments in the UKCS. Premier Oil’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Durrant will discuss how through meticulous project management and innovative contracting with suppliers, the operator was able to better mitigate its risks and reduce overall costs.


Robin Allan, Premier Oil | Petroluem Pioneers Speaker
Robin Allan

Director, North Sea & Exploration , Premier Oil

Session 5

Financial strategies for the UKCS

16:30
Case study

Reabold Resources plc

Forging a new path in investment: reassessing project value and targeting cash flows

Reabold Resources is the brainchild of Stephen Williams & Sachin Oza, two industry experts determined to approach Oil & Gas investment with a fresh new strategy. They will discuss how Reabold Resources selects strong-performing projects nearing the end of the development phase ready for a final cash injection. They will also explore how the current market in the North Sea, in particular, is responsive to such strategies and the scope for continued growth of their investment base.


Stephen Williams | Reabold Resources
Stephen Williams

Co-Chief Executive , Reabold Resources

16:50

Building a portfolio with the help of Private Equity: perspectives from a new player


Alan Curran, Verus Petroleum | Petroleum Pioneers Speaker
Alan Curran

Chief Executive Officer , Verus Petroleum

17:10
Panel discussion

Reflecting on the North Sea investment landscape

  • How have recent changes in the cycle influenced the appetite for North Sea investment?
  • To what extent has recent technological breakthroughs made the North Sea a more attractive prospect?
  • To what extent do players need to continue cutting down their cost base?
  • Will the industry begin to see the exit of Private Equity as we re-enter an upswing?
  • How have the changes in asset pricing affected interest in North Sea investment?
  • How significant will the growing pressure from activist investors be for the North Sea industry?

Stephen Williams | Reabold Resources
Stephen Williams

Co-Chief Executive , Reabold Resources

Sachin Oza | Reabold Resources
Sachin Oza

Co-Chief Executive , Reabold Resources

Alan Curran, Verus Petroleum | Petroleum Pioneers Speaker
Alan Curran

Chief Executive Officer , Verus Petroleum

Salman Malik | Enquest
Salman Malik

Vice President M&A and Corporate Finance , Enquest

Martin Mcaspurn-Lohmann, Santander GBM
Martin McAspurn-Lohmann

Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas and Utilities , Santander Corporate Banking

17:40

Chair’s closing remarks

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