The Only Place To Hear Real Insight From The Industry's Top Decision Makers

Our speaker line-up is handpicked to bring you the decommissioning and late-life information that really matters to your business.

The summit has a proven legacy of bringing together only the best regulators, operators, service providers and industry bodies in the business. Take a look below at just some of the names already confirmed to share insight with the conference audience in 2018.

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Speakers already confirmed for 2018


Conference Chairs

Aly Hakam
Aly Hakam
SCU Project Manager
Chevron

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Chevron

Aly has been in the offshore decommission industry for 25 years, the last 15 years with Chevron. At Chevron Aly has held various roles ranging from project engineer to hurricane toppled platform removal lead to manager of Technical Services.  Aly has recently been assigned as the Project Manager for Chevron’s offshore California projects in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson
Decommissioning and Abandonment Lead
BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton

Current role:
Lead Petroleum's Center of Excellence for Decommissioning and Abandonment

Past experience:
Major Project Manager/Facilities Engineering for: onshore gas/condensate/oil plants (Texas, Algeria, Indonesia, Alaska), offshore oil/gas platforms - (Trinidad, North Sea).

Pre-development exploration/appraisal support - Supervise conceptual facility designs, cost estimates and multidiscipline economic evaluations for decisions to drill, farm into, and/or develop onshore and offshore fields worldwide.

Development Division Planner - budgeting company wide capital project portfolio, project reviews, health checks, readiness reviews, decision reviews, corporate reporting

Company representative - Large Non-Operated Developments - Gulf of Mexico, North Sea

John Hand
John Hand
Technology Program Manager
ConocoPhillips

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ConocoPhillips

Speaker bio coming soon.

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Leading Operators

Brandon DeWolfe
Brandon DeWolfe
Snr Facilities Engineer
Fieldwood Energy

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Fieldwood Energy

Brandon DeWolfe holds a BS in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and holds PE licenses in Texas and Florida. Since 2013 he has been the Facilities Operations Manager at Fieldwood Energy managing and overseeing facility removal and associated decommissioning operations on Fieldwood leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to this, he spent 10 years providing engineering and management support for various ship salvage projects worldwide and various facility removals in the Gulf of Mexico, both intact and hurricane-damaged.

Ernest Hui
Ernest Hui
Global Decommissioning Business Improvement Lead
Shell

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Shell

Name:  Ernest Hui

Time with Shell: 14 Years      

Current Role (in Houston WCK):  Global Decommissioning & Restoration Center Business Improvement Lead

Years in Decommissioning:  7 years.

Other Shell Roles:

  • Held roles as the Americas Deepwater Decommissioning and Restoration Transformation Program Manager, Abandonment Finance Manager, Project Finance Manager for the Technology R&D organization, and joined Shell at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery as the Performance Analysis Manager.

External Roles:

I also worked for 7 years with the Fluor Corporation and started my career in the automotive industry with the Robert Bosch Corporation in various technical engineering, sales & marketing, supervisory, and project management roles in the U.S., Germany, and Asia.

Education:

  • S. Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • International MBA from University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business
Dave Sinclair
Dave Sinclair
Head of Decommissioning
Maersk Oil

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Maersk Oil

Head of Decommissioning for Maersk Oil based in Copenhagen Corporate Headquarters responsible for developing and implementing the Maersk Oil strategy and capablity for decommissioning.

Eduardo Zacaron
Eduardo Zacaron
Decommissioning Manager
Petrobras

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Petrobras

Eduardo Zacaron is a Mechanical Engineer, graduated by the University Center of the East of Minas Gerais, postgraduate in Project Management. He works at Petrobras since 2007 where he specialized in Subsea Equipment Engineering. He worked for nine years in projects for the implementation and maintenance of subsea systems and, in 2016, assumed the management of E&P decommissioning.

Johan Kverneland
Johan Kverneland
P&A R&D
TOTAL E&P

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TOTAL E&P

P&A technology lead since Q2 2015 with objective to screen and select most promising technology which assist Total in future P&A operations.

Mainly working within drilling and wells operation and engineering studies since 1992. Moved into the Norwegian R&D wells community 2011 and been involved within the Norwegian Research council programs ( Petromaks & Demo2000) and was responsible for Total R&D wells and non-operated since 2012 before moving to Total HQ. Currently based in Stavanger Norway with responsible for the global P&A technology and local R&D wells topics.

Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop
Project Manager Rev Decommissioning Project
Repsol Norway

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Repsol Norway

33 years work experience covering mainly project controls in various roles such Proejct Controls/Service Manager to Business Manager on various projects from HUC to MMO and large Modification projects both onshore and offshore.

Recent (5 yrs) experience includes Decommissioning and the establishment of this within the company and now Project Manager for Rev Decommissioning Project. In addition I am Chairman of Norsk Oil & Gas Decom Forum. Previously Project Manager for Gyda Decommissioning Project.

Had 2 yrs as Facilities (Project) Manager for the YME Redevelopment project.

Worked for many years as apart of the project management team (PMT)within various projects including being Deputy Project Manager.
In addition had 3 years working in Aberdeen establishing a offshore construction dept.

Rick Cody
Rick Cody
DW-Land D&C Consultant
Marubeni

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Marubeni

Speaker bio coming soon.

Clay Thompson (invited)
Clay Thompson (invited)
Marine Engineering Manager
Anadarko

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Anadarko

Over 17 years of experience in Deepwater Project Delivery and Offshore Construction

Currently serving as Marine Engineering Manager for Anadarko in the International & Deepwater Projects Group

Decommissioning Manager for all Anadarko offshore assets, both GOM and International

Hull & Mooring Delivery Lead, Deputy Project Manager and Project Manager roles for multiple greenfield developments

Previously worked for two major deepwater EPIC contractors on a wide range of GOM & International projects for FPSOs, Semi-Submersibles, TLPs and Spars

Holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Ocean Engineering from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University, respectively

James Wiseman
James Wiseman
Deepwater Developments Manager
Noble Energy

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ConocoPhillips

James Wiseman is a Deepwater Developments Manager at Noble Energy - an independent international oil and gas operator. He came to the Gulf after graduating from the University of California - Berkeley, where his masters' research focused on scoping an effective rigs-to-reefs program for California. James worked for 3 years planning and executing decommissioning projects in the Gulf before transitioning to deepwater in 2001. Most recently, James was responsible for leading the long-distance Gunflint subsea tie-back project from Sanction to first oil and stable production.

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Bryan Wood
Global Decommissioning Advisor for Offshore Decommissioning CoE
ExxonMobil

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ExxonMobil

Bryan Wood is currently the Global Decommissioning Advisor for ExxonMobil Development Company’s, Offshore Decommissioning Center of Expertise.  He has 37 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry of which the last 33 have been with ExxonMobil.  His career has been primarily in Upstream offshore projects including capital / new build, brownfield, and decommissioning. He has had both domestic and international assignments in ExxonMobil Development Company and ExxonMobil Production Company. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Mike Pottle
Doug Stewart
Snr. Drilling Engineer
BHP

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BHP

Mike R. Pottle, P.Eng., is a Senior Drilling Engineer at BHP Billiton with 10 years of drilling and well abandonment experience spread across Western Canada, the Middle East, Australia and deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Most recently, Mike was a lead engineer responsible for well abandonment of the Griffin Field in Northwestern Australia.

Bert Fokkema
Bert Fokkema
Global D&A Policy Manager
Shell

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Shell

Bert joined Shell in 1989 as a scientist. Since than he broadened his business interests and held jobs in environment, safety and external relations in Downstream, Upstream and corporate roles. In his work Bert built a deep expertise in understanding and integrating external perspectives in the technical environment of the Shell organisation. In 2015, he joined the global decommissioning team as Policy and Advocacy Manager to develop policy, guidance and industry collaborations to ensure Shell’s decommissioning is safe, environmentally responsible and meets external expectations.

Giancarlo Magnifico
Giancarlo Mangiafico
Project Coordination Manager
ENI Petroleum

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ENI Petroleum

Current Project Manager for Operated and Non-Operated assets at Eni Petroleum including Decommissioning activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Held a variety of Engineering and Operations positions with BP and Eni in the western hemisphere.

Graduated from Simon Bolivar University with a B.S. in Mechanical engineering.

Supachai Khotpankool
Supachai Khotpankool
Senior Facilities Engineer (Structural)
Chevron

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Chevron

Mr.Supachai has over 20 years of experience as consulting/facilities engineer related to fixed offshore platform.

He has involved in various new field development projects from conceptual to detailed engineering, construction and offshore installation.

His experience also extended to Asset Retirement area. Key achievements are relocation of topside for reuse at new location and incident free removal of wellhead platform topside in 2017, first time in Gulf of Thailand.

Greg Minnery
Greg Minnery
Snr Environmental Scientist
Chevron

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Chevron

Greg Minnery has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Geology, both from the University of Cincinnati, and he earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Texas A&M University.  His Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation pertain to the geology and ecology of coral reef systems in both Caribbean and Indo-Pacific basins. Greg has worked for Chevron for 35 years, splitting his career as both exploration and development geologist, and as an environmental scientist. Greg is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist with Chevron’s Energy Technology Company, and one of his primary projects is to help establish a technical basis for Chevron’s rigs-to-reefs opportunities world-wide.

Chuck Greer
Chuck Greer
Well Abandonment Adviser
Chevron

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Chevron

CEMC-UBU-Houston- Well Abandonment Advisor

BS & MS Electrical Engineering from VA Tech

Joined Oilfield 1975

  • 42+ years  in Oilfield  with experience in E&P, Wireline, NORM, Assessment, Remediation, Restoration, Decommissioning, Well P&A
  • Work Domestic and International

Companies Worked For:

  • Schlumberger - 16 years
  • Growth Resources - 8 years
  • Superior Energy Services – 8 years
  • Chevron – 10 years
Douglas Zimpfer
Douglas Zimpfer
Wells Technology Team Lead
Shell

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Shell

Douglas Zimpfer is the Shell Wells Technology Team Lead for Automation and Process Safety Technology. He has been involved in a series of technology developments including P&A technology solutions, BOP automation and reliability improvements and Drilling Automation. Prior to joining Shell Doug spent over 25 years working in human space programs applying GNC, avionics and software technology for the Space Shuttle, Space Station and NASA commercial crew and cargo vehicles.

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Regulators, Government and Agency Insight

Mike Celata
Mike Celata
GOM Regional Director
BOEM

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BOEM

Mike Celata has held various responsibilities within BOEM and its predecessor agencies for the past 20 years. He holds a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College and attended the Boston College Master of Science Program, where he was a seismological research assistant. He began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon and was with the company from 1984 to 1988, generating prospects in the onshore MAFLA Smackover trend. During his federal service, Mike has served as principal authority to enhance the development, acquisition and implementation of geoscience and petroleum engineering software at the agency and has provided guidance and expertise for the effective use and management of geological and geophysical data. He was Chief of Resource Studies from 2005 to 2010, where he provided oversight for geological play assessments, petrophysical analysis, and G&G permitting for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS. Most recently, Mike has played a key role in advancing geological and geophysical survey activity along the Atlantic coast as Deputy Director for the Gulf of Mexico Office.

Paul Versowsky
Paul Versowsky
Chief, Office of Structural and Technical Support
BSEE

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BSEE

Paul E. Versowsky holds the position of Chief, Office of Structural and Technical Support (OSTS) for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior. OSTS is responsible for the permitting of offshore platforms through the Platform Approval Process and Platform Verification Process for fixed and floating offshore structures.

Prior to joining BSEE, Paul held the position of Senior Facilities Engineering Advisor for Chevron Corp., Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Production Business Unit. He was responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of Chevron’s offshore Gulf of Mexico fixed facilities and coastal infrastructure. His team also has responsibility for the underwater inspection, maintenance, assessment, and repair of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico fleet of platforms.

Paul has served as a member of Am. Petroleum Institute (API) Subcommittee 2 on Offshore Structures. He served as chairman of Subcommittee 2, and in 2006-08, served as Work Group Leader of the API “Hurricane Evaluation and Assessment Team” (HEAT). Under Paul’s leadership the HEAT work group compared API design and assessment standards against the performance of existing structures subject to the major impact of Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Rita.

Paul is a past chairman of the Offshore Operators’ Committee, Technical Subcommittee on Offshore Platforms.

Paul is past chairman of the University of New Orleans (UNO) Engineering Advisory Council, and is a past member of the UNO Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

Paul holds an M.S. degree in Ocean and Coastal Engineering from the Civil Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Sciences from LSU-NO (now the University of New Orleans).

Paul enjoys travel, mostly in these United States; and, spending as much time as possible with wife, Sylvia and our family, especially our grandchildren.

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Expert Perspectives

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Charles G. Rougeau
Vice President
GMS Contract Services

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Abrado Wellbore

Vice President - GMS’ Senior Consultant for Sustain Casing Pressure Well Intervention and Sub Sea P&A’s.

25 years’ experience providing global on site engineering consulting & project management

B.S.-Centenary College of Louisiana

Jason Parrish
Amber Jackson
Co-Founder
Blue Latitudes LLC

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Blue Latitudes LLC

Ms. Jackson is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Marine Science from UC Berkeley and a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her expertise is unique, using technology to facilitate to intersection of science and communication. A former Ocean Curator at Google in partnership with the Sylvia Earle Alliance, she engineered and launched intelligent map layers in Google Maps that distill and relate complex concepts in ocean science for a variety of audiences. Ms. Jackson also has an established foundation as a scientist. A former National Science Foundation Researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, she developed a curiosity for using artificial habitats to mitigate anthropogenic losses and degradation of natural habitats. In California, the Rigs to Reefs program is an active example of this.

Emily Callahan
Emily Callahan
Co-Founder
Blue Latitudes LLC

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Blue Latitudes LLC

Ms. Callahan is a marine conservation biologist, oil and gas consultant and explorer. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A.S degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has worked in the field of marine environmental consulting for the past 5 years and her expertise lies is in environmental support for offshore oil and gas development and decommissioning. Ms. Callahan’s experience is global, and she has conducted marine environmental impact assessments and Rigs to Reefs feasibility studies for governmental agencies and private sector clients in Thailand, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Upon completion of her undergraduate work, she worked as a field technician on the BP 252 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is where she witnessed first hand the destruction and devastation wrought by an oil spill. However, it is also where she learned of a unique silver lining to the reality of offshore oil and gas development, the Rigs to Reefs program – a program that worked to preserve the ecosystems thriving beneath the surface.

Martha Vasquez
Martha Vasquez
Project Leader
Boston Consulting Group

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Boston Consulting Group

Martha Vasquez - 15 years of experience in O&G Upstream; including 10 with Schlumberger, based in the US, Brazil, UK and Mexico. The last 5 - working with operators and OFSE companies to define their strategy, improve their operational performance and build the tools and roadmaps to implement their strategy. In decommissioning, Martha’s experience also covers detailed operational benchmarking (P&A, removal), re-design of technical P&A standards and design of alternative contracting models.

Jim-Christie
Jim Christie
Operations Advisor
Endeavor Management

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Endeavour Management

Jim Christie is an experienced, professionally certified, and qualified project management professional / business manager with approximately 35 years practical experience in all phases from inception through decommissioning of energy, civil engineering, construction, refining, power, transportation and shipbuilding projects. Extensive experience in offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the UK and USA, working with owners, regulators and supply chain. Significant experience in the design, development and implementation business governance processes for project management, contract management and knowledge management. Significant experience in the preparation and delivery of project management and contract management training modules to project management and business professionals. Extensive and successful energy project involvement in all phases of the project life cycle, including pre‐project screenings and evaluations; preparation and presentation of investment decision support packages; investor, government, contractor and other stakeholder negotiations. Extensive exposure to large, complex projects, incorporating technical, environmental, political, financial and logistical challenges in Norway, Russia and Africa. Significant international and cultural exposure over a 30‐year period in Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia, Africa, India, Russia, Japan, Scandinavia, South America, Canada and the USA. Strong planning, organizational and communication skills; innovative with proven ability to develop practical solutions. Demonstrated ability to motivate, direct, lead and mentor others in team efforts. Experienced public speaker and advocate for organizations. Strong business focus, with Bachelor Degrees in Construction and Management, and Masters in Business Administration and Project Management.

Bruce Crager
Bruce Crager
Executive VP
Endeavour Management

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Endeavour Management

Bruce Crager is Executive Vice President of Endeavor Management and leads the firm’s group of Expert Advisors. He has over 40 years’ experience in offshore drilling and production, primarily in management positions. This has included significant experience evaluating and providing all types of field development solutions, particularly those based on floating production systems and subsea production equipment. Bruce holds a BS in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of TAMU’s Zachary Department of Civil Engineering in 2008. He also holds a MBA from the University of Houston, has co-authored 4 patents, and has written numerous technical and management articles.

Joe Nicolette
Joe Nicolette
Managing Partner and Ecosystem Services Practice Leader
EPS, Inc.

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EPS, inc.

Joseph Nicolette has over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field with a focus on the Oil & Gas Industry. He is a Partner, Senior Principal, and Ecosystem Services Practice Leader at Environmental Planning Specialists, Inc. (EPS). He provides strategic advice and oversight for projects to help balance the risks, benefits and tradeoffs associated with competing alternatives (e.g., remedial cleanup, decommissioning, oil spill response actions and tactical plans, development options and permitting, etc.).

Joseph is recognized for his demonstrated contributions in developing the NEBA approach, which supports environmental decision-making strategies that provide the greatest net environmental benefit to the public while managing site risks and costs (i.e., an environmental cost-benefit analysis approach). He co-authored the first formalized NEBA framework recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the USEPA Science Advisory Board (USEPA SAB), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Australian Maritime Safety Association (AMSA).

NEBA is a comparative risk management framework for social, environmental and economic valuation of actions that affect the environment. The NEBA approach is holistic in its application as it supports the comparative assessment process and has evolved to include: Environmental, Short and Long-Term Risks, Health and Safety Risks, Economic and Social, and Technical Feasibility associated with alternatives (i.e., decommissioning). NEBA, incorporating quantified ecosystem service values using non-monetary and monetary metrics where appropriate, provides a systematic, quantitative, transparent, and scientifically defensible basis for decision-making associated with the evaluation of removal, partial removal, and leave in-situ alternatives for decommissioning.

NEBA, Decommissioning, and Comparative Assessment

Joe has led the development of quantitative NEBA applications for offshore decommissioning as part of the comparative assessments for subsea structure for well fields in the Gulf of Mexico, Australia, and the North Sea. These have included a multi-Platform, a Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) facility, and an analysis of specific subsea components for another well field. Additionally, these applications have also incorporated risk analysis of residual chemicals, where warranted, that may be associated with various management options such as removal, partial, removal, or leave in-situ, alternatives.

Joe has worked closely with the operators to develop and scope the NEBA comparative assessments. The overall goal of NEBA in these cases was to support decision-making regarding what should be removed versus what should be left in place. Comparative assessment using NEBA as applied in these case studies focused on evaluating the environmental benefits and costs of the subsea structures so as to balance the risks, benefits, and tradeoffs between various removal, partial removal, and leave in-situ alternatives.

Randy Mandel
Randy Mandel
VP of Technical Services
Great Ecology

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Great Ecology

Randy Mandel has 30+ years of experience as a restoration ecologist, and serves as the Vice President of Technical Services for Great Ecology. His graduate and undergraduate work occurred at Colorado State University in Forest Biology, Concentration Physiology and Genetics. His expertise includes the native plant ecology; plant taxonomy; restoration design and implementation; site assessment and monitoring; ecotypic seed collection and increase; native plant propagation and cultivation; wetland delineation; habitat assessment; and the integration of native species into landscape design. Mr. Mandel’s past positions include: (1) Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company; (2) Co-Founder of Warm Springs Mitigation Bank; (3) USDA-NRCS Regional Native Plant Specialist; (4) Director of the USDA-NRCS Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center; and as a (5) Senior Consultant for Golder Associates. Mr. Mandel currently serves as the lead vegetation ecologist for Colorado’s Flood Recovery efforts and has many years of experience in site-specific revegetation and reclamation of mining, oil, natural gas, and tar-sands sites throughout North and South America.

Kurt Albaugh
Kurt Albaugh
Project Management Consultant
Independent

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E. Kurt Albaugh, P.E. is Consultant specializing in Project Management (PM) for green field, brown field, and abandonment projects.

  • Previously with BHP Billiton where he was the Team Lead for the development of the BHP Billiton’s Annual Closure (Abandonment) Evaluation of abandonment liabilities worldwide for 3 years.
  • Developed all of the abandonment plans, and costs estimate for all of BHP Billiton’s deepwater and shelf assets in the US GOM for 3 years.
  • Developed a digital e-book system as a resource for summarizing and comparing abandonment liabilities and plans worldwide for BHP Billiton.
  • Developed a worldwide database and GIS digital atlas of all of BHP Billiton’s well status in order to establish worldwide P & A liability.
  • Technical Team Lead for Recovery of Insurance Claims for the Loss of the Typhoon TLP in the GOM.   Helped recovered $187 MM for the loss of BHP’s share of the loss.
  • Formerly Manager of Project Services for Repsol’s $1.0B Alaska Exploration campaigns for 4 seasons on the North Slope and a $300 MM GOM deepwater well.
  • Project Manager for the Repsol’s North Slope well blowout insurance claims.  Managed the team which helped recovery $44 for the well abandonment, site cleanup  and environment restoration.

Most recently, Mr. Albaugh is focusing on the PM aspects for planning projects by focusing on Project Deliverables for Project Execution,  Project Closeout planning. In addition, he is promoting the concept of “Document Discovery” phase for Abandonment/Decommissioning Projects in order to drive down costs and to help eliminate or reduce safety issues during decommissioning.

He has over 42 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He is the Volunteer Poster Editor for Offshore Magazine and cofounder of the Offshore Learning Center.

Steve Gilbert
Steve Gilbert
Director Asset Management & Decommissioning
Lloyds Register


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Lloyds Register

Steve Gilbert is Director of Asset Management and Decommissioning at Lloyd’s Register. He is responsible for leading and developing LR’s decommissioning solution offering globally from Late Life asset management to decommissioning planning, execution, monitoring and regulatory compliance. Latterly he led LR’s Oil & Gas Middle East operations, aligning the business in region and creating significant growth opportunity. Steve has over 25 years Oil & Gas experience with major international operators and contractors, including more than 10 years in Senior Management positions. He has extensive exposure and knowledge of global projects having managed engineering, operational and commercial teams as well as involvement in high-level acquisitions.

From an engineering perspective, Steve has conducted exploration and development work including HPHT, high H2S, multi-lateral, deepwater and subsea operations amongst others. He has extensive practical experience and is well acquainted with all types of offshore installations. Steve is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines and is a member of both the SPE and the PESGB.

Anthony-Marino
Anthony Marino
Partner
Marino & Roberts

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Marino Roberts

Tony Marino is a shareholder at the law firm of Slattery, Marino & Roberts located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He concentrates his practice generally in mineral title examination, the acquisition and divestiture of mineral properties, regulatory matters relating to state waters and federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf. Mr. Marino has represented numerous energy producing companies before the (i) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; and (ii) Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (collectively the federal agencies were formerly known as the Minerals Management Service) in the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska OCS Regions, Department of the Interior, Interior Board of Land Appeals, and other regulatory agencies concerning a variety of matters such as plugging and abandonment liability, bonding, oil spill financial responsibility, royalty valuation, royalty relief and incidents of non-compliance. Mr. Marino received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his B.A. degree. Mr. Marino is the recipient of the AAPL APEX Educational Award in both 2000 and 2005, and the Corporate Leadership Award from the then Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region in 2004. Mr. Marino is an Adjunct Professor teaching the Mineral Law Course at Loyola University School of Law.

Henry St Aubyn
Henry St Aubyn
Principal Consultant
OTM Consulting / PACE Network


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PACE Network

Henry has spent the last 7 years as a technology advisory consultant at OTM Consulting Ltd, the last 2 of which heading up OTM’s office in Houston.  Prior to consulting, Henry was an officer in the British Army, serving as a platoon commander in Afghanistan and at home on public duties.  His degree is in Civil Engineering from Cambridge University.  Henry continues to work in Houston providing technology management advisory services to the oil & gas sector, and is delighted to have recently taken over management of the growing PACE network.

Richard Wenning
Richard Wenning
Principal & Global Service Line Leader-Ecological Services
Ramboll Environ


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Ramboll Environ

Richard Wenning is an ecotoxicologist and risk assessment specialist with 30 years of consulting experience. He serves as Global Practice Leader for Ecological Services in the Environment & Health Division of the international engineering consultancy, Ramboll.

His expertise includes environmental baseline monitoring; human and ecological risk assessment; nature restoration and mitigation; and environmental impact assessment. He has advised companies and regulatory agencies in several countries on compliance and development of environmental quality guidelines.

Mr. Wenning and his team at Ramboll provide strategic advice to clients striving to balance both the risks and the benefits to the environment and society associated with the consequences of different management, investment and remedial / restoration actions. In the oil & gas sector, he is recognized as an expert in strategies for environmental protection during offshore decommissioning and oil spill response planning and preparedness. His approach involves the merger of three disciplines - environmental management, ecology and economics - using a net environmental benefit analysis (NEBA) framework to optimize the social, environmental and economic benefits and minimize the costs of actions and policies affecting the environment.

Mr. Wenning has led technical workshops, given numerous technical presentations, and published 100+ papers in the scientific peer-review literature. From 2004, he serves as editor-in-chief of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) international peer-reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).

Mike Farber
Mike Farber
Partner
Van Ness Feldman LLP

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

Mike Farber has twenty years of experience, both as a partner in private practice and as a government official, in rapidly assessing, investigating, and resolving compliance issues across a wide variety of industries. Mike provides clients with strategic counsel on complex regulatory and oversight challenges in the oil and gas and related industries and defends clients in government investigations and litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he spent six years leading a number of initiatives reforming U.S. government oversight of offshore oil and gas operations. During his tenure at BSEE, spanning the initial five years of the agency’s existence, Mike led or was involved in all significant BSEE enforcement and investigative matters.

Mike leads internal investigations, provides strategic advice, and conducts compliance reviews for companies in energy and other sectors. Drawing upon his experience both in private practice and at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mike also represents clients in federal and state antitrust investigations, complex litigation, and intricate compliance matters.

Chris Chalker
Chris Chalker
VP Eastern Hemisphere
GEODynamics

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GEODynamics

Chris has over 30 years of perforating experience specializing in electric line, slickline and Tubing Conveyed Perforating, Chris started his career with Gearhart Owen before holding several international based management, technical and sales roles with Vann Systems and latterly Halliburton in Australia, Malaysia, Egypt, U.A.E., United Kingdom and Norway. Chris founded GeoKey Limited in 2007 to provide perforating products and services to North Sea customers however this expanded to international operations in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Iraq and Greece. Chris is a member of SPE and The Institute of Explosive Engineers in the UK. Chris currently is the GEODynamics Eastern Hemisphere Vice President and the Managing Director of GEODynamics (U.K.) Limited.

Partha Dev
Partha Dev
Principal Structural Engineer & Business Development Lead
Rosen Group

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Rosen Group

Partha Dev leads the Structural Integrity Management discipline globally for the ROSEN group. He has a 30 year track record of delivering complex SIM work in Technical Authority and SME roles covering execution, operations and decommissioning Projects in the Oil & Gas industry. His area of specialization lies in implementing robust SIM systems for Life Extension and Decom Projects as an Operator (Chevron, ENGIE and Woodside Energy), Consultant (ROSEN) and Contractor (KBR, Transfield Worley, KBR, Aker Kvaerner and Bechtel) across Australia, Asia, Americas, Europe and Africa. Partha drives value at ROSEN by combining technology with asset integrity and reliability assessment of offshore platforms.

Caroline Visentini Goncalves
Caroline Visentini Goncalves
Trench Ross Watanabe


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Trench

Caroline Visentini F. Gonçalves advises and represents domestic and foreign clients before Brazilian State and Federal Courts and regulatory authorities in a variety of environmental matters. Her practice spams from operational licensing of oil and gas offshore facilities to management of large and critic contaminated areas, also including legal emergency response to severe incidents such as oil spills and fires. Ms. Goncalves' experience includes from nationwide class action-types of claim and highly complex cross-border litigation to sensitive transactional matters. Her practice in general has been mostly dedicated to the energy and industrial, manufacturing and transportation industries Caroline also leads the firm's discussions in Brazil on decommissioning of oil & gas platforms in Brazil from the environmental perspective. Caroline obtained an LL.M. degree from the Columbia University in New York City.

Melinda Truskowski
Melinda Truskowski
Director Oil and Gas - Americas
Ramboll

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Ramboll

Melinda Truskowski has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas and environmental consulting industries. She has served as a geophysicist in both onshore and offshore environments, including the Gulf of Mexico and South Texas. Throughout her career, Melinda has held numerous senior positions that have included operational management, managing business development and marketing functions, and leading global unconventional oil and gas initiatives. At Ramboll Environ, she provides strategic and business development leadership, and supports the coordination of related activities between Ramboll Environment and Health and the Ramboll Energy global practices.

Bart Joppe
Bart Joppe
Director Integrated Well Abandonment
Baker Hughes a GE Company

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Baker Hughes a GE Company

Bart Joppe is the Director Well Abandonment for Baker Hughes, a GE Company in Houston. He is responsible for technical, commercial and operational support for the company’s well abandonment services. In his 20 years with BHGE Mr. Joppe has performed operational, technical sales and business development roles in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. His technical expertise includes fishing and milling services, through-tubing intervention and wellbore isolation. He has served as a project manager for new technology development and as an instructor for BHGE and the Society of Petroleum Engineers well abandonment training programs.

Mr. Joppe graduated from the Institute for Petroleum and Gas Technology “Noorder Haaks” in Den Helder, The Netherlands and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Drilling and Production Technology. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Stuart Martin
Stuart Martin
Sales & Marketing Director
Ardent

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Ardent

Stuart is a 35 year veteran of the upstream sector and with Ardent his career has now come full circle from commissioning assets in the early 80’s to decommissioning the same assets now. Academic qualifications include a first class honors degree in Business Studies from Napier University and post graduate diploma in Project Management from UMIST.

Stuart is currently Sales and Marketing Director for Ardent. Prior roles include VP Projects and Engineering at Odfjell Drilling , Brownfield Projects Group Manager – GE Vetco and Operations Director with NOV Merpro

Gary Siems
Gary Siems
President
PAR Specialists LLC

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PAR Specialists LLC

Gary Siems is the President of PAR Specialists, LLC a consulting firm specializing in oil and gas well abandonment and platform decommissioning. As Vice-President of Decommissioning for Montco Oilfield Contractors he planned, managed and executed the plugging and removal of 140 wells, 43 platforms and 49 pipelines in less than one-year. Prior he was the Decommissioning Manager for Stone Energy Corporation where he utilized the latest technologies to optimize and implement the concurrent decommissioning methodology used to perform well and structure removals in one-half the time for one-third less cost over traditional methods demonstrated with the abandonment of over 500 wells and 120 platforms during his tenure at Stone.

Mr. Siems developed his downhole well and structure decommissioning knowledge through his work experiences at Schlumberger, Superior Energy Services and Tetra Technologies. Over his 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, he was granted two U.S. Patents for subsea cutting equipment designs, published numerous technical papers and presented various decommissioning topics at DecomWorld, SPE and other conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida and an MBA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

James Kinsey
James Kinsey
Core Laboratories/Owen Oil Tools Division


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Core-Lab

James has been with Owen Oil Tools, a division of Core Laboratories’ Production Enhancement Group, for over 8 years. His experience has been primarily with energetics product design, including limited penetration, deep penetrating, and big hole shaped charges. He was the lead designer responsible for the development of the PAC (P&A Perforating) and PerFRAC product lines. He currently serves as a Project Manager and Lead Energetic Designer in the Energetics Technology Group.

Kevin Illingworth
Kevin Illingworth
Global Well Abandonment Manager
Expro

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Expro

Originally from Aberdeen, Kevin began his career in the oil and gas industry back in 1989, when he joined Expro in Aberdeen in the Well Intervention department

Nearly 30 years later he has worked for both service companies and operators, across a range of well intervention, well services and completions roles.

This includes on a range of large scale projects in all aspects of development, ranging from remote land operations in Northern China, through to offshore unmanned jacket platforms in the Gulf of Thailand and deep-water projects in the GOM and South China Sea.

Kevin’s career has taken him internationally, latterly to china, where he joined Expro as Country Manager, responsible for major projects including the Husky Liwan deep-water project. This included a strong focus on taking new products to market, In particular the introduction of the Deepwater Electro Hydraulic Subsea Landing string to china.

After 8 years spent in Asia, Kevin returned to the UK to lead Business Development for the global well intervention product line in which he was responsible for the First Deepwater intervention job in GOM, as well as the introduction of the first Combination slick-line/E-line packages into Alaska. After 4 years he was approached to lead Expro’s new global well abandonment offering, which was launched in early 2016. This includes a key focus on low-cost rigless intervention techniques, providing bespoke solutions to meet specific clients’ needs.

In late 2016 Kevin was appointed Board Member for Decom North Sea, for Subsea & Wells

Daniel Schmidt
Daniel Schmidt
Non-Executive Chairman
Petrus

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Mr. Schmidt is the Non-Executive Chairman of Petrus O&G and of Enviros Group. As a leading practitioner in the field of Oil & Gas Strategy he has positioned Petrus at the forefront of Global Asset Integrity Services. From Commissioning to Decommissioning (Topside and Subsea Assets) and Field Integrity Management.

Prior to assuming the role of Non-Executive Chairman at Petrus and Enviros in January 2018 Mr. Schmidt has had various executive roles within Oil & Gas companies internationally. Mr. Schmidt was also the CEO of Petrus, CEO of Wellbore Specialties, CEO of ITC Oil & Gas, the Managing Partner of Storti and Schmidt, a Director at Reel Group, a Consultant at Ecosecurities International, an External Strategic Consultant for BMW AG, a Financial Economic Manager for Akzo Nobel, a Senior M&A consultant for KPMG Financial Advisory Services and a Financial Analyst to the British Government. Mr. Schmidt has worked globally in industries and governments across North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

High level client interface with Operators such as Exxon, Total, Shell, Chevron, Petrobras, Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, Petronas and Statoil; Production Companies such as Modec, SBM Offshore, BW Offshore, Saipem and Teekay; and Drilling Contractors such as Transocean, Seadrill, Ensco, Noble, Paragon, Pacific Drilling, Rowan and Diamond Offshore to name a few.

Mr. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University, his BA in Business and management from Leeds University, his LLM in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, his MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, his Masters in International Economics from Hamburg University, his MBA from Fudan University (China) and his MSt in Social and Economic Planning from Cambridge University and his MA in Global Business from the University of Oxford.

Will Speck
Will Speck
Director of Projects Consulting
TSB Offshore

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TSB Offshore

Will Speck is a skilled Project Manager with over 10 years managing projects and 16 years of oilfield experience in field operations and operations management in the US and international for Schlumberger, GE Oil & Gas, and TSB Offshore, Inc. Will is currently the Director of Projects – Consulting for TSB Offshore.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

David Ambler
David Ambler
Perforating Product Line Manager
GEODynamics

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GEODynamics

A former professional hockey player of seven years, David Ambler studied Business Commerce at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2010, he entered the oil and gas industry as a Petroleum Landman and joined GEODynamics in 2012 as a member of the Engineering team. While working in the Engineering Department, he managed iPerf® Software Development and served as a business interface with internal and external customers. Throughout his time with GEODynamics, Ambler has held various roles within the organization, from International Sales Representative to Product Line Specialist and most recently, Senior Business Development Manager of USA and Canada. He currently manages the perforating product line as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Canada and Latin America sales. David is an active member of the API 19B section committee, SPE, AADE & OIPA.

Philip Whittaker
Philip Whittaker
Director, Energy
Boston Consulting Group

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Boston Consulting Group

Philip Whittaker is a Director in BCG's Energy Team; he has worked in E&P for 25 years, and co-leads BCG's global work on Decommissioning with operators, governments and contractors.

He began his career in the field with Shell, running drilling operations in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

As a consultant, he has worked with IOCs, NOCs, host governments and financial investors in over 30 countries across a range of strategic, organisational and transaction-related assignments. Philip is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the SPE.

Glenn Legge
Glenn Legge
Partner
HFW

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HFW

Glenn Legge focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including energy, marine, construction and insurance coverage matters, as well as regulatory investigations and commercial transactions. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, has arbitrated commercial disputes through award and enforcement and has argued cases before Texas appellate courts in the 1st, 5th and 14th Districts, the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Glenn was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2016 and 2017.

Peter Pintar
Peter Pintar
Senior V.P. and General Manager - Offshore Services Division
TETRA Technologies, Inc.

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TETRA Technologies, Inc.

Peter J. Pintar has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Offshore Services Division of TETRA Technologies, Inc. since 2015. Mr. Pintar served as TETRA’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 2011 until 2015. Mr. Pintar previously served as vice president of corporate strategy and development with Smith International, Inc. from 2005 through 2010. Prior to its merger with Schlumberger in 2010, Smith International, Inc. was a leading global supplier of products and services to the oil and gas industry. Mr. Pintar held various positions with DTE Energy Company, including director, corporate development, managing director, venture capital investments, and director, investor relations from 1997 through 2005. From 1990 through 1997, Mr. Pintar was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he assisted U.S. and international corporations in strategic planning and business development. Mr. Pintar received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.B.A. degree in Finance from The Wharton School.

Tom Walters
Tom Walters
Partner
HFW London

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HFW London

Tom worked for a naval architecture practice on the South coast of the UK for two years before re-training as a lawyer and joining HFW in 2002 as part of the Shipping, Offshore and Logistics department in the Admiralty and Crisis Management team. He has worked on various complex technical cases in the offshore oil & gas industry dealing with; construction disputes, decommissioning and disposal of marine assets, insurance claims, towage disputes, contractual disputes involving pipe lay vessels, and the salvage of offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world.

Tom is a member of RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects), sits on the BIMCO drafting sub-committee for the new standard form Offshore Dismantling contract and is a member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) participating in the Salvage & Emergency Subsea Response sub-committee.

Brian Twomey
Brian Twomey
Managing Director
Reverse Engineering Services

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Reverse Engineering Services

Dr Brian Twomey is the Managing Director of Reverse Engineering Services Ltd, Manchester, UK and is responsible for decommissioning and abandonment operations planning, decommissioning engineering, peer review work and cost analysis. He has worked on oil & gas decommissioning and pipeline issues for over 23 years and has carried out decommissioning studies/work on over 700 offshore installations worldwide. He has worked on decommissioning in Africa, Australia, SE Asia, South America, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Ireland, UK and USA. Dr Twomey has presented over 100 papers on decommissioning and has given numerous public and private training courses on all aspects of decommissioning.

John Cox
John Cox
Global Decommissioning Lead
INTECSEA

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INTECSEA

John Has been responsible for the development and management of WorleyParsons / Intecsea Decommissioning business unit for the past 3 years.  John has experience as International Offshore Project Manager within Oil & Gas, with a 30 year track record of orchestrating the full project life cycle from inception to completion and within intergraded PMC contractors. This has included the construction, conversion, refit and upgrade of various types of platform and FPSOs, as well as installation, hook-up and commissioning  and Decommissioning projects.  Locations have included the North Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.

Jon Minshall
Jon Minshall
Director of Projects
Ardent

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Ardent

29 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Civil Engineering & Marine Salvage Industries

Worked in over 30 countries worldwide, but based in Houston since 1998

Previously Vice President for International Business units for Cal Dive and prior to that HDI

Presently Director of global projects business unit for Ardent Global. (Marine Salvage, Decommissioning & Subsea)

Nick Odinet
Nick Odinet
Independent


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Nick Odinet is an independent consultant and project manager with more than 36 years of experience in the offshore construction and decommissioning industry.

He has fabricated, installed and decommissioned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, US West Coast, and West Africa. He has planned, negotiated agreements for and built over a dozen artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, including the reefing of the first bio-remediation of an oil contaminated jacket.

Nick started his career as a field engineer on a derrick barge for Raymond International and was most recently an Offshore Decommissioning Advisor for Chevron Environmental Management.

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Conference Chairs

Aly Hakam
Aly Hakam
SCU Project Manager
Chevron

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Chevron

Aly has been in the offshore decommission industry for 25 years, the last 15 years with Chevron. At Chevron Aly has held various roles ranging from project engineer to hurricane toppled platform removal lead to manager of Technical Services.  Aly has recently been assigned as the Project Manager for Chevron’s offshore California projects in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson
Decommissioning and Abandonment Lead
BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton

Current role:
Lead Petroleum's Center of Excellence for Decommissioning and Abandonment

Past experience:
Major Project Manager/Facilities Engineering for: onshore gas/condensate/oil plants (Texas, Algeria, Indonesia, Alaska), offshore oil/gas platforms - (Trinidad, North Sea).

Pre-development exploration/appraisal support - Supervise conceptual facility designs, cost estimates and multidiscipline economic evaluations for decisions to drill, farm into, and/or develop onshore and offshore fields worldwide.

Development Division Planner - budgeting company wide capital project portfolio, project reviews, health checks, readiness reviews, decision reviews, corporate reporting

Company representative - Large Non-Operated Developments - Gulf of Mexico, North Sea

John Hand
John Hand
Technology Program Manager
ConocoPhillips

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ConocoPhillips

Speaker bio coming soon.

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Leading Operators

Brandon DeWolfe
Brandon DeWolfe
Snr Facilities Engineer
Fieldwood Energy

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Fieldwood Energy

Brandon DeWolfe holds a BS in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and holds PE licenses in Texas and Florida. Since 2013 he has been the Facilities Operations Manager at Fieldwood Energy managing and overseeing facility removal and associated decommissioning operations on Fieldwood leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to this, he spent 10 years providing engineering and management support for various ship salvage projects worldwide and various facility removals in the Gulf of Mexico, both intact and hurricane-damaged.

Ernest Hui
Ernest Hui
Global Decommissioning Business Improvement Lead
Shell

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Shell

Name:  Ernest Hui

Time with Shell: 14 Years      

Current Role (in Houston WCK):  Global Decommissioning & Restoration Center Business Improvement Lead

Years in Decommissioning:  7 years.

Other Shell Roles:

  • Held roles as the Americas Deepwater Decommissioning and Restoration Transformation Program Manager, Abandonment Finance Manager, Project Finance Manager for the Technology R&D organization, and joined Shell at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery as the Performance Analysis Manager.

External Roles:

I also worked for 7 years with the Fluor Corporation and started my career in the automotive industry with the Robert Bosch Corporation in various technical engineering, sales & marketing, supervisory, and project management roles in the U.S., Germany, and Asia.

Education:

  • S. Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • International MBA from University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business
Dave Sinclair
Dave Sinclair
Head of Decommissioning
Maersk Oil

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Maersk Oil

Head of Decommissioning for Maersk Oil based in Copenhagen Corporate Headquarters responsible for developing and implementing the Maersk Oil strategy and capablity for decommissioning.

Eduardo Zacaron
Eduardo Zacaron
Decommissioning Manager
Petrobras

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Petrobras

Eduardo Zacaron is a Mechanical Engineer, graduated by the University Center of the East of Minas Gerais, postgraduate in Project Management. He works at Petrobras since 2007 where he specialized in Subsea Equipment Engineering. He worked for nine years in projects for the implementation and maintenance of subsea systems and, in 2016, assumed the management of E&P decommissioning.

Johan Kverneland
Johan Kverneland
P&A R&D
TOTAL E&P

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TOTAL E&P

P&A technology lead since Q2 2015 with objective to screen and select most promising technology which assist Total in future P&A operations.

Mainly working within drilling and wells operation and engineering studies since 1992. Moved into the Norwegian R&D wells community 2011 and been involved within the Norwegian Research council programs ( Petromaks & Demo2000) and was responsible for Total R&D wells and non-operated since 2012 before moving to Total HQ. Currently based in Stavanger Norway with responsible for the global P&A technology and local R&D wells topics.

Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop
Project Manager Rev Decommissioning Project
Repsol Norway

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Repsol Norway

33 years work experience covering mainly project controls in various roles such Proejct Controls/Service Manager to Business Manager on various projects from HUC to MMO and large Modification projects both onshore and offshore.

Recent (5 yrs) experience includes Decommissioning and the establishment of this within the company and now Project Manager for Rev Decommissioning Project. In addition I am Chairman of Norsk Oil & Gas Decom Forum. Previously Project Manager for Gyda Decommissioning Project.

Had 2 yrs as Facilities (Project) Manager for the YME Redevelopment project.

Worked for many years as apart of the project management team (PMT)within various projects including being Deputy Project Manager.
In addition had 3 years working in Aberdeen establishing a offshore construction dept.

Rick Cody
Rick Cody
DW-Land D&C Consultant
Marubeni

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Marubeni

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Clay Thompson (invited)
Clay Thompson (invited)
Marine Engineering Manager
Anadarko

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Anadarko

Over 17 years of experience in Deepwater Project Delivery and Offshore Construction

Currently serving as Marine Engineering Manager for Anadarko in the International & Deepwater Projects Group

Decommissioning Manager for all Anadarko offshore assets, both GOM and International

Hull & Mooring Delivery Lead, Deputy Project Manager and Project Manager roles for multiple greenfield developments

Previously worked for two major deepwater EPIC contractors on a wide range of GOM & International projects for FPSOs, Semi-Submersibles, TLPs and Spars

Holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Ocean Engineering from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University, respectively

James Wiseman
James Wiseman
Deepwater Developments Manager
Noble Energy

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ConocoPhillips

James Wiseman is a Deepwater Developments Manager at Noble Energy - an independent international oil and gas operator. He came to the Gulf after graduating from the University of California - Berkeley, where his masters' research focused on scoping an effective rigs-to-reefs program for California. James worked for 3 years planning and executing decommissioning projects in the Gulf before transitioning to deepwater in 2001. Most recently, James was responsible for leading the long-distance Gunflint subsea tie-back project from Sanction to first oil and stable production.

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Bryan Wood
Global Decommissioning Advisor for Offshore Decommissioning CoE
ExxonMobil

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ExxonMobil

Bryan Wood is currently the Global Decommissioning Advisor for ExxonMobil Development Company’s, Offshore Decommissioning Center of Expertise.  He has 37 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry of which the last 33 have been with ExxonMobil.  His career has been primarily in Upstream offshore projects including capital / new build, brownfield, and decommissioning. He has had both domestic and international assignments in ExxonMobil Development Company and ExxonMobil Production Company. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Mike Pottle
Doug Stewart
Snr. Drilling Engineer
BHP

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BHP

Mike R. Pottle, P.Eng., is a Senior Drilling Engineer at BHP Billiton with 10 years of drilling and well abandonment experience spread across Western Canada, the Middle East, Australia and deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Most recently, Mike was a lead engineer responsible for well abandonment of the Griffin Field in Northwestern Australia.

Bert Fokkema
Bert Fokkema
Global D&A Policy Manager
Shell

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Shell

Bert joined Shell in 1989 as a scientist. Since than he broadened his business interests and held jobs in environment, safety and external relations in Downstream, Upstream and corporate roles. In his work Bert built a deep expertise in understanding and integrating external perspectives in the technical environment of the Shell organisation. In 2015, he joined the global decommissioning team as Policy and Advocacy Manager to develop policy, guidance and industry collaborations to ensure Shell’s decommissioning is safe, environmentally responsible and meets external expectations.

Giancarlo Magnifico
Giancarlo Mangiafico
Project Coordination Manager
ENI Petroleum

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ENI Petroleum

Current Project Manager for Operated and Non-Operated assets at Eni Petroleum including Decommissioning activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Held a variety of Engineering and Operations positions with BP and Eni in the western hemisphere.

Graduated from Simon Bolivar University with a B.S. in Mechanical engineering.

Supachai Khotpankool
Supachai Khotpankool
Senior Facilities Engineer (Structural)
Chevron

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Chevron

Mr.Supachai has over 20 years of experience as consulting/facilities engineer related to fixed offshore platform.

He has involved in various new field development projects from conceptual to detailed engineering, construction and offshore installation.

His experience also extended to Asset Retirement area. Key achievements are relocation of topside for reuse at new location and incident free removal of wellhead platform topside in 2017, first time in Gulf of Thailand.

Greg Minnery
Greg Minnery
Snr Environmental Scientist
Chevron

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Chevron

Greg Minnery has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Geology, both from the University of Cincinnati, and he earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Texas A&M University.  His Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation pertain to the geology and ecology of coral reef systems in both Caribbean and Indo-Pacific basins. Greg has worked for Chevron for 35 years, splitting his career as both exploration and development geologist, and as an environmental scientist. Greg is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist with Chevron’s Energy Technology Company, and one of his primary projects is to help establish a technical basis for Chevron’s rigs-to-reefs opportunities world-wide.

Chuck Greer
Chuck Greer
Well Abandonment Adviser
Chevron

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Chevron

CEMC-UBU-Houston- Well Abandonment Advisor

BS & MS Electrical Engineering from VA Tech

Joined Oilfield 1975

  • 42+ years  in Oilfield  with experience in E&P, Wireline, NORM, Assessment, Remediation, Restoration, Decommissioning, Well P&A
  • Work Domestic and International

Companies Worked For:

  • Schlumberger - 16 years
  • Growth Resources - 8 years
  • Superior Energy Services – 8 years
  • Chevron – 10 years
Douglas Zimpfer
Douglas Zimpfer
Wells Technology Team Lead
Shell

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Shell

Douglas Zimpfer is the Shell Wells Technology Team Lead for Automation and Process Safety Technology. He has been involved in a series of technology developments including P&A technology solutions, BOP automation and reliability improvements and Drilling Automation. Prior to joining Shell Doug spent over 25 years working in human space programs applying GNC, avionics and software technology for the Space Shuttle, Space Station and NASA commercial crew and cargo vehicles.

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Regulators, Government and Agency Insight

Mike Celata
Mike Celata
GOM Regional Director
BOEM

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BOEM

Mike Celata has held various responsibilities within BOEM and its predecessor agencies for the past 20 years. He holds a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College and attended the Boston College Master of Science Program, where he was a seismological research assistant. He began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon and was with the company from 1984 to 1988, generating prospects in the onshore MAFLA Smackover trend. During his federal service, Mike has served as principal authority to enhance the development, acquisition and implementation of geoscience and petroleum engineering software at the agency and has provided guidance and expertise for the effective use and management of geological and geophysical data. He was Chief of Resource Studies from 2005 to 2010, where he provided oversight for geological play assessments, petrophysical analysis, and G&G permitting for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS. Most recently, Mike has played a key role in advancing geological and geophysical survey activity along the Atlantic coast as Deputy Director for the Gulf of Mexico Office.

Paul Versowsky
Paul Versowsky
Chief, Office of Structural and Technical Support
BSEE

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BSEE

Paul E. Versowsky holds the position of Chief, Office of Structural and Technical Support (OSTS) for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior. OSTS is responsible for the permitting of offshore platforms through the Platform Approval Process and Platform Verification Process for fixed and floating offshore structures.

Prior to joining BSEE, Paul held the position of Senior Facilities Engineering Advisor for Chevron Corp., Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Production Business Unit. He was responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of Chevron’s offshore Gulf of Mexico fixed facilities and coastal infrastructure. His team also has responsibility for the underwater inspection, maintenance, assessment, and repair of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico fleet of platforms.

Paul has served as a member of Am. Petroleum Institute (API) Subcommittee 2 on Offshore Structures. He served as chairman of Subcommittee 2, and in 2006-08, served as Work Group Leader of the API “Hurricane Evaluation and Assessment Team” (HEAT). Under Paul’s leadership the HEAT work group compared API design and assessment standards against the performance of existing structures subject to the major impact of Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Rita.

Paul is a past chairman of the Offshore Operators’ Committee, Technical Subcommittee on Offshore Platforms.

Paul is past chairman of the University of New Orleans (UNO) Engineering Advisory Council, and is a past member of the UNO Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

Paul holds an M.S. degree in Ocean and Coastal Engineering from the Civil Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Sciences from LSU-NO (now the University of New Orleans).

Paul enjoys travel, mostly in these United States; and, spending as much time as possible with wife, Sylvia and our family, especially our grandchildren.

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Expert Perspectives

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Charles G. Rougeau
Vice President
GMS Contract Services

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Abrado Wellbore

Vice President - GMS’ Senior Consultant for Sustain Casing Pressure Well Intervention and Sub Sea P&A’s.

25 years’ experience providing global on site engineering consulting & project management

B.S.-Centenary College of Louisiana

Jason Parrish
Amber Jackson
Co-Founder
Blue Latitudes LLC

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Blue Latitudes LLC

Ms. Jackson is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Marine Science from UC Berkeley and a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her expertise is unique, using technology to facilitate to intersection of science and communication. A former Ocean Curator at Google in partnership with the Sylvia Earle Alliance, she engineered and launched intelligent map layers in Google Maps that distill and relate complex concepts in ocean science for a variety of audiences. Ms. Jackson also has an established foundation as a scientist. A former National Science Foundation Researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, she developed a curiosity for using artificial habitats to mitigate anthropogenic losses and degradation of natural habitats. In California, the Rigs to Reefs program is an active example of this.

Emily Callahan
Emily Callahan
Co-Founder
Blue Latitudes LLC

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Blue Latitudes LLC

Ms. Callahan is a marine conservation biologist, oil and gas consultant and explorer. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A.S degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has worked in the field of marine environmental consulting for the past 5 years and her expertise lies is in environmental support for offshore oil and gas development and decommissioning. Ms. Callahan’s experience is global, and she has conducted marine environmental impact assessments and Rigs to Reefs feasibility studies for governmental agencies and private sector clients in Thailand, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Upon completion of her undergraduate work, she worked as a field technician on the BP 252 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is where she witnessed first hand the destruction and devastation wrought by an oil spill. However, it is also where she learned of a unique silver lining to the reality of offshore oil and gas development, the Rigs to Reefs program – a program that worked to preserve the ecosystems thriving beneath the surface.

Martha Vasquez
Martha Vasquez
Project Leader
Boston Consulting Group

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Boston Consulting Group

Martha Vasquez - 15 years of experience in O&G Upstream; including 10 with Schlumberger, based in the US, Brazil, UK and Mexico. The last 5 - working with operators and OFSE companies to define their strategy, improve their operational performance and build the tools and roadmaps to implement their strategy. In decommissioning, Martha’s experience also covers detailed operational benchmarking (P&A, removal), re-design of technical P&A standards and design of alternative contracting models.

Jim-Christie
Jim Christie
Operations Advisor
Endeavor Management

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Endeavour Management

Jim Christie is an experienced, professionally certified, and qualified project management professional / business manager with approximately 35 years practical experience in all phases from inception through decommissioning of energy, civil engineering, construction, refining, power, transportation and shipbuilding projects. Extensive experience in offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the UK and USA, working with owners, regulators and supply chain. Significant experience in the design, development and implementation business governance processes for project management, contract management and knowledge management. Significant experience in the preparation and delivery of project management and contract management training modules to project management and business professionals. Extensive and successful energy project involvement in all phases of the project life cycle, including pre‐project screenings and evaluations; preparation and presentation of investment decision support packages; investor, government, contractor and other stakeholder negotiations. Extensive exposure to large, complex projects, incorporating technical, environmental, political, financial and logistical challenges in Norway, Russia and Africa. Significant international and cultural exposure over a 30‐year period in Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia, Africa, India, Russia, Japan, Scandinavia, South America, Canada and the USA. Strong planning, organizational and communication skills; innovative with proven ability to develop practical solutions. Demonstrated ability to motivate, direct, lead and mentor others in team efforts. Experienced public speaker and advocate for organizations. Strong business focus, with Bachelor Degrees in Construction and Management, and Masters in Business Administration and Project Management.

Bruce Crager
Bruce Crager
Executive VP
Endeavour Management

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Endeavour Management

Bruce Crager is Executive Vice President of Endeavor Management and leads the firm’s group of Expert Advisors. He has over 40 years’ experience in offshore drilling and production, primarily in management positions. This has included significant experience evaluating and providing all types of field development solutions, particularly those based on floating production systems and subsea production equipment. Bruce holds a BS in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of TAMU’s Zachary Department of Civil Engineering in 2008. He also holds a MBA from the University of Houston, has co-authored 4 patents, and has written numerous technical and management articles.

Joe Nicolette
Joe Nicolette
Managing Partner and Ecosystem Services Practice Leader
EPS, Inc.

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EPS, inc.

Joseph Nicolette has over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field with a focus on the Oil & Gas Industry. He is a Partner, Senior Principal, and Ecosystem Services Practice Leader at Environmental Planning Specialists, Inc. (EPS). He provides strategic advice and oversight for projects to help balance the risks, benefits and tradeoffs associated with competing alternatives (e.g., remedial cleanup, decommissioning, oil spill response actions and tactical plans, development options and permitting, etc.).

Joseph is recognized for his demonstrated contributions in developing the NEBA approach, which supports environmental decision-making strategies that provide the greatest net environmental benefit to the public while managing site risks and costs (i.e., an environmental cost-benefit analysis approach). He co-authored the first formalized NEBA framework recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the USEPA Science Advisory Board (USEPA SAB), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Australian Maritime Safety Association (AMSA).

NEBA is a comparative risk management framework for social, environmental and economic valuation of actions that affect the environment. The NEBA approach is holistic in its application as it supports the comparative assessment process and has evolved to include: Environmental, Short and Long-Term Risks, Health and Safety Risks, Economic and Social, and Technical Feasibility associated with alternatives (i.e., decommissioning). NEBA, incorporating quantified ecosystem service values using non-monetary and monetary metrics where appropriate, provides a systematic, quantitative, transparent, and scientifically defensible basis for decision-making associated with the evaluation of removal, partial removal, and leave in-situ alternatives for decommissioning.

NEBA, Decommissioning, and Comparative Assessment

Joe has led the development of quantitative NEBA applications for offshore decommissioning as part of the comparative assessments for subsea structure for well fields in the Gulf of Mexico, Australia, and the North Sea. These have included a multi-Platform, a Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) facility, and an analysis of specific subsea components for another well field. Additionally, these applications have also incorporated risk analysis of residual chemicals, where warranted, that may be associated with various management options such as removal, partial, removal, or leave in-situ, alternatives.

Joe has worked closely with the operators to develop and scope the NEBA comparative assessments. The overall goal of NEBA in these cases was to support decision-making regarding what should be removed versus what should be left in place. Comparative assessment using NEBA as applied in these case studies focused on evaluating the environmental benefits and costs of the subsea structures so as to balance the risks, benefits, and tradeoffs between various removal, partial removal, and leave in-situ alternatives.

Randy Mandel
Randy Mandel
VP of Technical Services
Great Ecology

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Great Ecology

Randy Mandel has 30+ years of experience as a restoration ecologist, and serves as the Vice President of Technical Services for Great Ecology. His graduate and undergraduate work occurred at Colorado State University in Forest Biology, Concentration Physiology and Genetics. His expertise includes the native plant ecology; plant taxonomy; restoration design and implementation; site assessment and monitoring; ecotypic seed collection and increase; native plant propagation and cultivation; wetland delineation; habitat assessment; and the integration of native species into landscape design. Mr. Mandel’s past positions include: (1) Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company; (2) Co-Founder of Warm Springs Mitigation Bank; (3) USDA-NRCS Regional Native Plant Specialist; (4) Director of the USDA-NRCS Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center; and as a (5) Senior Consultant for Golder Associates. Mr. Mandel currently serves as the lead vegetation ecologist for Colorado’s Flood Recovery efforts and has many years of experience in site-specific revegetation and reclamation of mining, oil, natural gas, and tar-sands sites throughout North and South America.

Kurt Albaugh
Kurt Albaugh
Project Management Consultant
Independent

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E. Kurt Albaugh, P.E. is Consultant specializing in Project Management (PM) for green field, brown field, and abandonment projects.

  • Previously with BHP Billiton where he was the Team Lead for the development of the BHP Billiton’s Annual Closure (Abandonment) Evaluation of abandonment liabilities worldwide for 3 years.
  • Developed all of the abandonment plans, and costs estimate for all of BHP Billiton’s deepwater and shelf assets in the US GOM for 3 years.
  • Developed a digital e-book system as a resource for summarizing and comparing abandonment liabilities and plans worldwide for BHP Billiton.
  • Developed a worldwide database and GIS digital atlas of all of BHP Billiton’s well status in order to establish worldwide P & A liability.
  • Technical Team Lead for Recovery of Insurance Claims for the Loss of the Typhoon TLP in the GOM.   Helped recovered $187 MM for the loss of BHP’s share of the loss.
  • Formerly Manager of Project Services for Repsol’s $1.0B Alaska Exploration campaigns for 4 seasons on the North Slope and a $300 MM GOM deepwater well.
  • Project Manager for the Repsol’s North Slope well blowout insurance claims.  Managed the team which helped recovery $44 for the well abandonment, site cleanup  and environment restoration.

Most recently, Mr. Albaugh is focusing on the PM aspects for planning projects by focusing on Project Deliverables for Project Execution,  Project Closeout planning. In addition, he is promoting the concept of “Document Discovery” phase for Abandonment/Decommissioning Projects in order to drive down costs and to help eliminate or reduce safety issues during decommissioning.

He has over 42 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He is the Volunteer Poster Editor for Offshore Magazine and cofounder of the Offshore Learning Center.

Steve Gilbert
Steve Gilbert
Director Asset Management & Decommissioning
Lloyds Register


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Lloyds Register

Steve Gilbert is Director of Asset Management and Decommissioning at Lloyd’s Register. He is responsible for leading and developing LR’s decommissioning solution offering globally from Late Life asset management to decommissioning planning, execution, monitoring and regulatory compliance. Latterly he led LR’s Oil & Gas Middle East operations, aligning the business in region and creating significant growth opportunity. Steve has over 25 years Oil & Gas experience with major international operators and contractors, including more than 10 years in Senior Management positions. He has extensive exposure and knowledge of global projects having managed engineering, operational and commercial teams as well as involvement in high-level acquisitions.

From an engineering perspective, Steve has conducted exploration and development work including HPHT, high H2S, multi-lateral, deepwater and subsea operations amongst others. He has extensive practical experience and is well acquainted with all types of offshore installations. Steve is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines and is a member of both the SPE and the PESGB.

Anthony-Marino
Anthony Marino
Partner
Marino & Roberts

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Marino Roberts

Tony Marino is a shareholder at the law firm of Slattery, Marino & Roberts located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He concentrates his practice generally in mineral title examination, the acquisition and divestiture of mineral properties, regulatory matters relating to state waters and federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf. Mr. Marino has represented numerous energy producing companies before the (i) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; and (ii) Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (collectively the federal agencies were formerly known as the Minerals Management Service) in the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska OCS Regions, Department of the Interior, Interior Board of Land Appeals, and other regulatory agencies concerning a variety of matters such as plugging and abandonment liability, bonding, oil spill financial responsibility, royalty valuation, royalty relief and incidents of non-compliance. Mr. Marino received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his B.A. degree. Mr. Marino is the recipient of the AAPL APEX Educational Award in both 2000 and 2005, and the Corporate Leadership Award from the then Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region in 2004. Mr. Marino is an Adjunct Professor teaching the Mineral Law Course at Loyola University School of Law.

Henry St Aubyn
Henry St Aubyn
Principal Consultant
OTM Consulting / PACE Network


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PACE Network

Henry has spent the last 7 years as a technology advisory consultant at OTM Consulting Ltd, the last 2 of which heading up OTM’s office in Houston.  Prior to consulting, Henry was an officer in the British Army, serving as a platoon commander in Afghanistan and at home on public duties.  His degree is in Civil Engineering from Cambridge University.  Henry continues to work in Houston providing technology management advisory services to the oil & gas sector, and is delighted to have recently taken over management of the growing PACE network.

Richard Wenning
Richard Wenning
Principal & Global Service Line Leader-Ecological Services
Ramboll Environ


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Ramboll Environ

Richard Wenning is an ecotoxicologist and risk assessment specialist with 30 years of consulting experience. He serves as Global Practice Leader for Ecological Services in the Environment & Health Division of the international engineering consultancy, Ramboll.

His expertise includes environmental baseline monitoring; human and ecological risk assessment; nature restoration and mitigation; and environmental impact assessment. He has advised companies and regulatory agencies in several countries on compliance and development of environmental quality guidelines.

Mr. Wenning and his team at Ramboll provide strategic advice to clients striving to balance both the risks and the benefits to the environment and society associated with the consequences of different management, investment and remedial / restoration actions. In the oil & gas sector, he is recognized as an expert in strategies for environmental protection during offshore decommissioning and oil spill response planning and preparedness. His approach involves the merger of three disciplines - environmental management, ecology and economics - using a net environmental benefit analysis (NEBA) framework to optimize the social, environmental and economic benefits and minimize the costs of actions and policies affecting the environment.

Mr. Wenning has led technical workshops, given numerous technical presentations, and published 100+ papers in the scientific peer-review literature. From 2004, he serves as editor-in-chief of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) international peer-reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).

Mike Farber
Mike Farber
Partner
Van Ness Feldman LLP

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

Mike Farber has twenty years of experience, both as a partner in private practice and as a government official, in rapidly assessing, investigating, and resolving compliance issues across a wide variety of industries. Mike provides clients with strategic counsel on complex regulatory and oversight challenges in the oil and gas and related industries and defends clients in government investigations and litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he spent six years leading a number of initiatives reforming U.S. government oversight of offshore oil and gas operations. During his tenure at BSEE, spanning the initial five years of the agency’s existence, Mike led or was involved in all significant BSEE enforcement and investigative matters.

Mike leads internal investigations, provides strategic advice, and conducts compliance reviews for companies in energy and other sectors. Drawing upon his experience both in private practice and at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mike also represents clients in federal and state antitrust investigations, complex litigation, and intricate compliance matters.

Chris Chalker
Chris Chalker
VP Eastern Hemisphere
GEODynamics

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GEODynamics

Chris has over 30 years of perforating experience specializing in electric line, slickline and Tubing Conveyed Perforating, Chris started his career with Gearhart Owen before holding several international based management, technical and sales roles with Vann Systems and latterly Halliburton in Australia, Malaysia, Egypt, U.A.E., United Kingdom and Norway. Chris founded GeoKey Limited in 2007 to provide perforating products and services to North Sea customers however this expanded to international operations in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Iraq and Greece. Chris is a member of SPE and The Institute of Explosive Engineers in the UK. Chris currently is the GEODynamics Eastern Hemisphere Vice President and the Managing Director of GEODynamics (U.K.) Limited.

Partha Dev
Partha Dev
Principal Structural Engineer & Business Development Lead
Rosen Group

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Rosen Group

Partha Dev leads the Structural Integrity Management discipline globally for the ROSEN group. He has a 30 year track record of delivering complex SIM work in Technical Authority and SME roles covering execution, operations and decommissioning Projects in the Oil & Gas industry. His area of specialization lies in implementing robust SIM systems for Life Extension and Decom Projects as an Operator (Chevron, ENGIE and Woodside Energy), Consultant (ROSEN) and Contractor (KBR, Transfield Worley, KBR, Aker Kvaerner and Bechtel) across Australia, Asia, Americas, Europe and Africa. Partha drives value at ROSEN by combining technology with asset integrity and reliability assessment of offshore platforms.

Caroline Visentini Goncalves
Caroline Visentini Goncalves
Trench Ross Watanabe


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Trench

Caroline Visentini F. Gonçalves advises and represents domestic and foreign clients before Brazilian State and Federal Courts and regulatory authorities in a variety of environmental matters. Her practice spams from operational licensing of oil and gas offshore facilities to management of large and critic contaminated areas, also including legal emergency response to severe incidents such as oil spills and fires. Ms. Goncalves' experience includes from nationwide class action-types of claim and highly complex cross-border litigation to sensitive transactional matters. Her practice in general has been mostly dedicated to the energy and industrial, manufacturing and transportation industries Caroline also leads the firm's discussions in Brazil on decommissioning of oil & gas platforms in Brazil from the environmental perspective. Caroline obtained an LL.M. degree from the Columbia University in New York City.

Melinda Truskowski
Melinda Truskowski
Director Oil and Gas - Americas
Ramboll

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Ramboll

Melinda Truskowski has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas and environmental consulting industries. She has served as a geophysicist in both onshore and offshore environments, including the Gulf of Mexico and South Texas. Throughout her career, Melinda has held numerous senior positions that have included operational management, managing business development and marketing functions, and leading global unconventional oil and gas initiatives. At Ramboll Environ, she provides strategic and business development leadership, and supports the coordination of related activities between Ramboll Environment and Health and the Ramboll Energy global practices.

Bart Joppe
Bart Joppe
Director Integrated Well Abandonment
Baker Hughes a GE Company

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Baker Hughes a GE Company

Bart Joppe is the Director Well Abandonment for Baker Hughes, a GE Company in Houston. He is responsible for technical, commercial and operational support for the company’s well abandonment services. In his 20 years with BHGE Mr. Joppe has performed operational, technical sales and business development roles in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. His technical expertise includes fishing and milling services, through-tubing intervention and wellbore isolation. He has served as a project manager for new technology development and as an instructor for BHGE and the Society of Petroleum Engineers well abandonment training programs.

Mr. Joppe graduated from the Institute for Petroleum and Gas Technology “Noorder Haaks” in Den Helder, The Netherlands and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Drilling and Production Technology. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Stuart Martin
Stuart Martin
Sales & Marketing Director
Ardent

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Ardent

Stuart is a 35 year veteran of the upstream sector and with Ardent his career has now come full circle from commissioning assets in the early 80’s to decommissioning the same assets now. Academic qualifications include a first class honors degree in Business Studies from Napier University and post graduate diploma in Project Management from UMIST.

Stuart is currently Sales and Marketing Director for Ardent. Prior roles include VP Projects and Engineering at Odfjell Drilling , Brownfield Projects Group Manager – GE Vetco and Operations Director with NOV Merpro

Gary Siems
Gary Siems
President
PAR Specialists LLC

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PAR Specialists LLC

Gary Siems is the President of PAR Specialists, LLC a consulting firm specializing in oil and gas well abandonment and platform decommissioning. As Vice-President of Decommissioning for Montco Oilfield Contractors he planned, managed and executed the plugging and removal of 140 wells, 43 platforms and 49 pipelines in less than one-year. Prior he was the Decommissioning Manager for Stone Energy Corporation where he utilized the latest technologies to optimize and implement the concurrent decommissioning methodology used to perform well and structure removals in one-half the time for one-third less cost over traditional methods demonstrated with the abandonment of over 500 wells and 120 platforms during his tenure at Stone.

Mr. Siems developed his downhole well and structure decommissioning knowledge through his work experiences at Schlumberger, Superior Energy Services and Tetra Technologies. Over his 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, he was granted two U.S. Patents for subsea cutting equipment designs, published numerous technical papers and presented various decommissioning topics at DecomWorld, SPE and other conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida and an MBA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

James Kinsey
James Kinsey
Core Laboratories/Owen Oil Tools Division


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Core-Lab

James has been with Owen Oil Tools, a division of Core Laboratories’ Production Enhancement Group, for over 8 years. His experience has been primarily with energetics product design, including limited penetration, deep penetrating, and big hole shaped charges. He was the lead designer responsible for the development of the PAC (P&A Perforating) and PerFRAC product lines. He currently serves as a Project Manager and Lead Energetic Designer in the Energetics Technology Group.

Kevin Illingworth
Kevin Illingworth
Global Well Abandonment Manager
Expro

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Expro

Originally from Aberdeen, Kevin began his career in the oil and gas industry back in 1989, when he joined Expro in Aberdeen in the Well Intervention department

Nearly 30 years later he has worked for both service companies and operators, across a range of well intervention, well services and completions roles.

This includes on a range of large scale projects in all aspects of development, ranging from remote land operations in Northern China, through to offshore unmanned jacket platforms in the Gulf of Thailand and deep-water projects in the GOM and South China Sea.

Kevin’s career has taken him internationally, latterly to china, where he joined Expro as Country Manager, responsible for major projects including the Husky Liwan deep-water project. This included a strong focus on taking new products to market, In particular the introduction of the Deepwater Electro Hydraulic Subsea Landing string to china.

After 8 years spent in Asia, Kevin returned to the UK to lead Business Development for the global well intervention product line in which he was responsible for the First Deepwater intervention job in GOM, as well as the introduction of the first Combination slick-line/E-line packages into Alaska. After 4 years he was approached to lead Expro’s new global well abandonment offering, which was launched in early 2016. This includes a key focus on low-cost rigless intervention techniques, providing bespoke solutions to meet specific clients’ needs.

In late 2016 Kevin was appointed Board Member for Decom North Sea, for Subsea & Wells

Daniel Schmidt
Daniel Schmidt
Non-Executive Chairman
Petrus

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Mr. Schmidt is the Non-Executive Chairman of Petrus O&G and of Enviros Group. As a leading practitioner in the field of Oil & Gas Strategy he has positioned Petrus at the forefront of Global Asset Integrity Services. From Commissioning to Decommissioning (Topside and Subsea Assets) and Field Integrity Management.

Prior to assuming the role of Non-Executive Chairman at Petrus and Enviros in January 2018 Mr. Schmidt has had various executive roles within Oil & Gas companies internationally. Mr. Schmidt was also the CEO of Petrus, CEO of Wellbore Specialties, CEO of ITC Oil & Gas, the Managing Partner of Storti and Schmidt, a Director at Reel Group, a Consultant at Ecosecurities International, an External Strategic Consultant for BMW AG, a Financial Economic Manager for Akzo Nobel, a Senior M&A consultant for KPMG Financial Advisory Services and a Financial Analyst to the British Government. Mr. Schmidt has worked globally in industries and governments across North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

High level client interface with Operators such as Exxon, Total, Shell, Chevron, Petrobras, Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, Petronas and Statoil; Production Companies such as Modec, SBM Offshore, BW Offshore, Saipem and Teekay; and Drilling Contractors such as Transocean, Seadrill, Ensco, Noble, Paragon, Pacific Drilling, Rowan and Diamond Offshore to name a few.

Mr. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University, his BA in Business and management from Leeds University, his LLM in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, his MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, his Masters in International Economics from Hamburg University, his MBA from Fudan University (China) and his MSt in Social and Economic Planning from Cambridge University and his MA in Global Business from the University of Oxford.

Will Speck
Will Speck
Director of Projects Consulting
TSB Offshore

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TSB Offshore

Will Speck is a skilled Project Manager with over 10 years managing projects and 16 years of oilfield experience in field operations and operations management in the US and international for Schlumberger, GE Oil & Gas, and TSB Offshore, Inc. Will is currently the Director of Projects – Consulting for TSB Offshore.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

David Ambler
David Ambler
Perforating Product Line Manager
GEODynamics

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GEODynamics

A former professional hockey player of seven years, David Ambler studied Business Commerce at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2010, he entered the oil and gas industry as a Petroleum Landman and joined GEODynamics in 2012 as a member of the Engineering team. While working in the Engineering Department, he managed iPerf® Software Development and served as a business interface with internal and external customers. Throughout his time with GEODynamics, Ambler has held various roles within the organization, from International Sales Representative to Product Line Specialist and most recently, Senior Business Development Manager of USA and Canada. He currently manages the perforating product line as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Canada and Latin America sales. David is an active member of the API 19B section committee, SPE, AADE & OIPA.

Philip Whittaker
Philip Whittaker
Director, Energy
Boston Consulting Group

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Boston Consulting Group

Philip Whittaker is a Director in BCG's Energy Team; he has worked in E&P for 25 years, and co-leads BCG's global work on Decommissioning with operators, governments and contractors.

He began his career in the field with Shell, running drilling operations in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

As a consultant, he has worked with IOCs, NOCs, host governments and financial investors in over 30 countries across a range of strategic, organisational and transaction-related assignments. Philip is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the SPE.

Glenn Legge
Glenn Legge
Partner
HFW

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HFW

Glenn Legge focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including energy, marine, construction and insurance coverage matters, as well as regulatory investigations and commercial transactions. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, has arbitrated commercial disputes through award and enforcement and has argued cases before Texas appellate courts in the 1st, 5th and 14th Districts, the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Glenn was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2016 and 2017.

Peter Pintar
Peter Pintar
Senior V.P. and General Manager - Offshore Services Division
TETRA Technologies, Inc.

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TETRA Technologies, Inc.

Peter J. Pintar has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Offshore Services Division of TETRA Technologies, Inc. since 2015. Mr. Pintar served as TETRA’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 2011 until 2015. Mr. Pintar previously served as vice president of corporate strategy and development with Smith International, Inc. from 2005 through 2010. Prior to its merger with Schlumberger in 2010, Smith International, Inc. was a leading global supplier of products and services to the oil and gas industry. Mr. Pintar held various positions with DTE Energy Company, including director, corporate development, managing director, venture capital investments, and director, investor relations from 1997 through 2005. From 1990 through 1997, Mr. Pintar was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he assisted U.S. and international corporations in strategic planning and business development. Mr. Pintar received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.B.A. degree in Finance from The Wharton School.

Tom Walters
Tom Walters
Partner
HFW London

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HFW London

Tom worked for a naval architecture practice on the South coast of the UK for two years before re-training as a lawyer and joining HFW in 2002 as part of the Shipping, Offshore and Logistics department in the Admiralty and Crisis Management team. He has worked on various complex technical cases in the offshore oil & gas industry dealing with; construction disputes, decommissioning and disposal of marine assets, insurance claims, towage disputes, contractual disputes involving pipe lay vessels, and the salvage of offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world.

Tom is a member of RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects), sits on the BIMCO drafting sub-committee for the new standard form Offshore Dismantling contract and is a member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) participating in the Salvage & Emergency Subsea Response sub-committee.

Brian Twomey
Brian Twomey
Managing Director
Reverse Engineering Services

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Reverse Engineering Services

Dr Brian Twomey is the Managing Director of Reverse Engineering Services Ltd, Manchester, UK and is responsible for decommissioning and abandonment operations planning, decommissioning engineering, peer review work and cost analysis. He has worked on oil & gas decommissioning and pipeline issues for over 23 years and has carried out decommissioning studies/work on over 700 offshore installations worldwide. He has worked on decommissioning in Africa, Australia, SE Asia, South America, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Ireland, UK and USA. Dr Twomey has presented over 100 papers on decommissioning and has given numerous public and private training courses on all aspects of decommissioning.

John Cox
John Cox
Global Decommissioning Lead
INTECSEA

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INTECSEA

John Has been responsible for the development and management of WorleyParsons / Intecsea Decommissioning business unit for the past 3 years.  John has experience as International Offshore Project Manager within Oil & Gas, with a 30 year track record of orchestrating the full project life cycle from inception to completion and within intergraded PMC contractors. This has included the construction, conversion, refit and upgrade of various types of platform and FPSOs, as well as installation, hook-up and commissioning  and Decommissioning projects.  Locations have included the North Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.

Jon Minshall
Jon Minshall
Director of Projects
Ardent

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Ardent

29 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Civil Engineering & Marine Salvage Industries

Worked in over 30 countries worldwide, but based in Houston since 1998

Previously Vice President for International Business units for Cal Dive and prior to that HDI

Presently Director of global projects business unit for Ardent Global. (Marine Salvage, Decommissioning & Subsea)

Nick Odinet
Nick Odinet
Independent


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Nick Odinet is an independent consultant and project manager with more than 36 years of experience in the offshore construction and decommissioning industry.

He has fabricated, installed and decommissioned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, US West Coast, and West Africa. He has planned, negotiated agreements for and built over a dozen artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, including the reefing of the first bio-remediation of an oil contaminated jacket.

Nick started his career as a field engineer on a derrick barge for Raymond International and was most recently an Offshore Decommissioning Advisor for Chevron Environmental Management.

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The best of the last decade: top speakers from previous D&A Summit's:

  • BP
    VP Decommissioning
    BP
  • Shell
    GOM Decommissioning Manager
    Shell
  • ExxonMobil
    P&A Technology Lead
    ExxonMobil
  • Energy XXI
    Senior VP for Production
    Energy XXI
  • Oil & Gas Authority
    Head of Decommissioning
    Oil & Gas Authority
  • Chevron
    US Offshore Area Decommissioning Manager
    Chevron
  • Hess Corporation
    Hess Decommissioning & UK Operations Manager
    Hess Corporation
  • Stone Energy
    Decommissioning Manager
    Stone Energy
  • Marathon Oil
    Global Decommissioning Projects Manager
    Marathon Oil
  • PetroSA
    Decommissioning Manager
    PetroSA

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