High Level Networking & Knowledge Sharing Forum Offshore Asset Retirement Conference, North Sea 17th-18th Nov, 2014 // Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, UK

Top-Level Decommissioning, Abandonment and Late-Life Experts to Address 150 Offshore Execs...

This November we are bringing together the thought leaders that will lead the shift in the decommissioning market. With 150 leading names gathering in Aberdeen, this is the most valuable opportunity you can have to secure a robust end of life strategy for your offshore assets.

Secure your place now to join these leading offshore execs at the only conference of its kind!

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Soon Audrey Banner
Head of Offshore Decommissioning Unit & Manager on Projects & Policy
Department of Energy & Climate Change
Presentation Title: In-depth Decommissioning Regulatory Update from DECC View Bio
Department of Energy & Climate Change

Audrey became Head of the Offshore Decommissioning unit in DECC in November 2013. Her role is to agree decommissioning programmes with operators, ensuring that their proposals meet our international rules and obligations, as well as safety, environmental, technical, economic considerations, and the needs of other users of the sea.

Audrey has worked on energy issues in DECC since 2006, including working in PILOT, the oil and gas industry task force to bring forward work on areas across the UKCS, including workforce skills, production efficiency, technology development, and enhanced oil recovery.

More recently she developed initiatives to promote the oil and gas industry supply chain and fabrication capability and worked with the Department of Business innovation and skills to produce the UK government’s oil and gas industrial strategy.

Dr. John Paterson Dr. John Paterson
Chair of Law
University of Aberdeen
Presentation Title: The Future of Decommissioning in the Context of a Shifting Regulatory Landscape View Bio
University of Aberdeen
John Paterson is a professor of law and co-director of the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen. He has published and presented internationally on a range of issues within the field of oil and gas law over many years. He is often asked by governments, industry and international organisations to comment on emerging issues in this field, with recent examples including the development of the Offshore Safety Directive, the implications of the referendum on Scottish independence and the implementation of the Wood Review. He has been involved in a number of international research projects dealing with risk governance issues, including a case study on offshore decommissioning. 



Austin Hand Austin Hand
General Manager - Decommissioning & Restoration
Shell International
Presentation Title: Heads of Decommissioning Panel: Global Priorities for End of Life Assets View Bio
Prior to joining Shell in 1978 Austin worked in industry for ten years, for the most part in design and construction.  Most of his 35 years with Shell has been in the project arena, undertaking a whole range of projects from sub-sea tiebacks, platforms and FPSOs. He had brief periods out of the project arena, with roles in HSE, Piper Alpha Task force, a period in Operations. Austin was Head of Facilities & Development which preceded a return to major projects, such as Kingfisher, Curlew and an assignment to Amerada Hess on the Triton FPSO. He was Venture Manager for the Goldeneye project, before becoming the General Manager of Aberdeen Design Office. Austin has served the last five years as the Project Director for Brent Decommissioning Project. He is  now General Manager for Decommissioning and Restoration, a global role to establish a programme office for decommissioning and Restoration.
Glenn Wilson Glenn Wilson
Decommissioning & UK Operations Manager
Hess Corporation
Presentation Title: Heads of Decommissioning Panel: Global Priorities for End of Life Assets View Bio

Glenn is Hess’ decommissioning and UK operations manager, for Hess Corporation, a global E&P company based in New York.

Glenn started his career in the oil and gas industry as a commercial diver in 1986 and graduated Staffordshire University with a bachelor’s degree, with honors in Mechanical Engineering. His career has led him to develop a unique wealth of knowledge and understanding of asset life cycle management. Membership and support to the UK Oil and Gas production, Integrity and decommissioning forms and engagements the relevant workgroups.

To summarize, an engineering and operations manager with a wide and successful career in design; construction; Installation; commissioning; operations; Integrity and maintenance; decommissioning (Emerald, Durward Dauntless, Fife/Fergus/Flora/Angus, Ivanhoe Rob Roy Fields’) and the provision of technical assurance to the oil and gas Industry.

Brian Twomey Brian Twomey
Managing Director
Reverse Engineering
Presentation Title: Where do we stand at a global level?  View Bio
Reverse Engineering
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.
Alan Stokes Alan Stokes
Global Decommissioning Manager
Worley Parsons
Presentation Title: MASTERCLASS: Building the Optimal Decommissioning Team View Bio
Worley Parsons

Alan Stokes has 45 years of management and project engineering experience within the international offshore and shipbuilding industries. He has worked directly on 33 oil and gas fields in the North Sea, West coast Africa, Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia. He has led decommissioning work for the last 6 years with extensive experience in managing cost estimation and scheduling for all aspects of decommissioning for whole platform removal and subsea equipment recovery. He led the preparatory engineering for the removal of the NW Hutton modules and jacket. He managed the Miller oil and gas lines decommissioning, the engineering down and preparation for NUI status, together with the module process and utility separation work. The knowledge has been utilized in the roles of Project Manager and Deputy Project manager with particular responsibility for innovation and improvements on the Brent Decommissioning Project. He is now the Global Decommissioning Manager for WorleyParsons.

He is recognized as an industry expert in decommissioning. He is a long term member of Oil and Gas UK Decommissioning Work Group (Industry/Government joint working group) and chairs the topic group on Efficient Execution of Decommissioning work. He chaired the Oil and Gas UK committee tasked with updating the Guidelines for Decommissioning Cost estimates including the Well abandonment Cost guidelines.

Coming Soon Graham Taylor
Lead Decommissioning Engineer
WorleyParsonsPresentation Title: Late Life Maintenance Strategy for Reducing Decom Costs View Bio
Graham Taylor has 25 years in Oil and Gas and during this time has spent a large number of years in maintenance including maintenance optimization and structuring of maintenance systems.  For the past 10 years Graham spent much of his time on decommissioning projects in the North Sea  and more recently on decommissioning projects overseas.  More recently when not in decommissioning Graham has been involved in Construction and Commissioning projects.  Graham is currently the lead decommissioning engineer with WorleyParsons in Aberdeen.
Moya Crawford Moya Crawford
Chairman of the SUT's International Salvage & Decommissioning Committee
Society for Underwater Technology
Presentation Title: Addressing & Avoiding the Global Legacy Issues View Bio
Society for Underwater Technology
Speaker bio coming soon.
Eric Faulds Eric Faulds
Managing Director
Eric Faulds Associates Ltd
Presentation Title: Decommissioning & Abandonment: A Question of Resources View Bio
Eric Faulds Associates Ltd
Eric Faulds has had an extensive career in North Sea projects commencing in the late 60’s with the installation of the first platforms for Shell in the Southern North Sea through to Project Manager of Brent Spar in the late ‘90’s. During this period he gained experience in project management, design, underwater engineering, onshore and offshore construction of both steel and concrete installations as well as offshore decommissioning.  After taking early retirement from Shell in 1999 he set up Eric Faulds Associates Ltd. to provide independent advice on offshore decommissioning. The bulk of his work has involved the generation or review of decommissioning cost estimates.  

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Martin Simms Martin Simms
Senior Subsea Engineer
Maersk Oil
Presentation Title: Case Study: End-of-life Options for First North Sea Subsea Bundle View Bio
Martin Simms is a Senior Subsea Engineer for Maersk Oil. He currently has the role as Subsea Lead for Leadon Decommissioning Project. Prior to his current role he was involved in the installation and commissioning of subsea architecture in medium to large field development projects. He has 10 years’ experience in the industry worldwide. Martin has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Robert Gordon University.
Steve Andrew Steve Andrew
Demolition and Remediation Manager
ABB Consulting
Presentation Title: Mind the gaps – seamless process to CoP and beyond! View Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Valerio Percoco Valerio Percoco
Vice President - Business Development 
Offshore Installation Services
Presentation Title: Get on the train before rush hour or you may stand alone all the way – an effective solution to P&AView Bio
Offshore Installation Services

Valerio is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters degree in Business Administration with over 10 years’ experience in developing markets and supervising companies within a wide range of industries.

His Career started with Saipem where he was responsible for the Drilling Unit Quality Assurance. Onboard the Scarabeo 6, Valerio assisted to extensive drilling campaigns in Norway where he was based during 1999 along with tie in projects in the Adriatic Sea and inland perforation activities in Kazakhstan.

Following the Master’s degree obtained at SDA Bocconi in Milan, he joined the food industry and was Manufacturing Manager for a processing company that allowed him to extend his professional experience in China as Import/Export Manager in Xiamen for a year.

Valerio was then based again in China for Aethra, a Videoconferencing company, running the local base in Shenzhen for almost 3 years.

This experience was followed by a Project Management role for ASG Superconductors where two major projects were duly delivered on time and within budget with full customer satisfaction.

Having joined OIS in July 2014, Valerio previously worked for Cutting Underwater Technology UK Ltd as the Group Business Development Director. There he concentrated on developing new areas of business and expanding the services portfolio.

As Vice President - Business Development, Valerio is responsible for promoting OIS in the Oil & Gas sector as well as the marine and offshore marketplace. Valerio’s remit also focuses on continuing the growth of the business, whilst progressing business opportunities with new and existing clients for OIS’s service offering.

Dr Richard Neilson Dr Richard Neilson
Director of Research, College of Physical Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Presentation Title: Underwater cutting – a novel development View Bio
University of Aberdeen

• Graduate from University of Dundee with Bsc (1981) and PhD (1987) in Mechanical Engineering
• I have been involved in six knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP programmes) with the oil and gas sector – three in the subsea sector
• I worked for a small oil services company designing downhole tools from 1998-2002 during an industrial secondment
• Current research areas are in subsea and offshore engineering
• Currently Director of Research for the College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen



Stein Haugen Stein Haugen
Presentation Title: Executive JIP findings from decommissioning safety study View Bio

Dr Stein Haugen has been working in the offshore oil and gas industry for close to 30 years, as a consultant and a manager in the consulting firm Safetec. Safetec is part of the Houston-based ABS Group of Companies. Stein has been the president of the company, but has now stepped down to fill a position as Chief Technology Officer. He is also working part-time as a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

During most of his working life, Stein has been involved in safety management and risk analysis and he has also been project manager for the Joint Industry Project on decommissioning that he will talk about today.

Soon Eirill Hatlevik
VP Decommissioning
Presentation Title: Environmental Challenges & Approaches View Bio

Eirill Hatlevik, Vice President Decommissioning, Kvaerner, has been heading decommissioning in Kvaerner since June 2013. Experience as project manager, deconstruction manager and environmental engineer. Has been working with decommissioning since 1997 onshore and offshore. Educational background master in Environmental Technology.

Gareth Jones Gareth Jones
Principal Consultant
BMT Cordah Ltd
Presentation Title: Environmental Challenges & Approaches View Bio
BMT Cordah Ltd
Gareth Jones is a Principal Consultant at BMT Cordah, focusing on decommissioning projects. He has had several years’ experience of dealing with a range of environmental issues and has previously worked for Marine Scotland. His background is in commercial fisheries and marine fish ecology with first-hand experience in a variety of research, survey techniques and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
Soon Louise Carter
Waste Manager
D3 ConsultingPresentation Title: Environmental Challenges & Approaches View Bio
D3 Consulting
Louise is an Environmental Consultant with more than 10 years of decommissioning experience focussed on waste characterisation, decommissioning planning and project management of complex decontamination and demolition projects in the nuclear, offshore and industrial sectors. She is currently working on the mapping of hazardous wastes and materials on 16 North Sea platforms scheduled for decommissioning, has provided waste assurance support for the onshore disposal of numerous gas platforms in the UK and is also currently supporting Magnox Dungeness ‘A’ Site with Site Characterisation and asbestos works including sampling/analysis works to ensure the decommissioning works comply with regulatory requirements.
Soon Jesper Bank
Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Esbjerg
Presentation Title: Decommissioning in Denmark View Bio
Port of Esbjerg

Jesper has a back ground in the recycling industry, working with large specialized recycling projects around Scandinavia. Some of the issues he has been involved are projects involving radioactive materials, asbestos, electronics and hazardous waste. Insinuation plants, power stations, ship recycling and wind turbines.

Today Jesper is working as CCO in a highly specialized port at the North Sea. The focus of the Port of Esbjerg is the North Sea il and Gase industry, the North Sea Wind Park Indutry and the liner traffic in northern Europa – e.g. to the UK.

Ed Brown Ed Brown
Asbuilt Decom Ltd.
Presentation Title: How do I know whether to sell, decommission or extend the life of my assets? View Bio
Asbuilt Decom Ltd.
Ed Brown is a DPhil. Nuclear Physics, BSc. (Hons) Physics, DMS and CMI NVQ Level 5 in Business Coaching and Mentoring.

Experienced CEO of companies specialising in bringing advanced energy and telecommunications products to market. He is experience at Ministerial Level with Governments in 3 continents developing new concepts for transformational change. Ed’s past roles include the “Innovation Unit” of the UK DTI, as a senior industrial advisor and IT manager at British Energy.

Ed Brown was the head of Configuration Management at Sizewell 'B'. The Sizewell B project is still one of the largest single engineering projects ever to be commissioned on one site in Britain. There are over 300,000 documents associated with the project at the site, of which 200,000. A completely reliable and robust EDMS was required at Sizewell B because the plant must conform to a rigorous Configuration Management strategy devised by the operators to meet the international regulatory 'Safety Case' requirements on safety. He also chaired the UK Government’s Knowledge Management Committee which had Board level members from industry and across Government. As well as the UK Government, Ed has also worked with Government agencies in France, Belgium, USA, Canada, Australia and Korea.
Tomas Kristofic Tomas Kristofic
Chief Technology Officer
GA Drilling
Presentation Title: PLASMABIT Technology - Answer to P&A Cost Reduction View Bio
GA Drilling
Speaker bio coming soon.


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