Decarbonising the UK Economy

Wednesday 2 June 2021
10 am – 11.30 am

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Day two of this year’s packed Annual Conference focussed on the contribution that the UK’s oil and gas industry can make in decarbonising the UK economy. The fascinating session looked into the role of the UKCS in this transition and looked at what our continental neighbours are doing in this space. We also addressed the UK’s carbon footprint, asking important questions like what has already been achieved? and what is left to do?

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Session chaired by Mike Tholen, Sustainability Director, OGUK.

As Director of Sustainability within OGUK, Michael Tholen seeks to Help the UK’s oil and gas industry manage the Energy Transition and achieve a “net-zero” carbon goal by 2050.  In this role he works closely with industry to reduce their own emissions from exploration and production activities and supports the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen to reduce the carbon impact from the use of oil and gas.   His team is responsible for managing industry’s relationship with the UK, and Scottish Government and the EU on energy, carbon policy, economics and fiscal matters and he was previously head of Upstream Policy within OGUK. He formerly worked for Shell for 20 years, in the UK and internationally, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a regular commentator on the energy scene.

Our speakers include:

Sam White
Deputy Director, Industrial Decarbonisation Policy

Sam White is a Deputy Director in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy leading industrial decarbonisation policy. In his current role he is responsible for helping industry dramatically reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to enable the UK to meet its net zero target by 2050. Sam has been a civil servant for 10 years in a range of roles covering science policy, university funding, small business investment, and industrial sector policy. Prior to working in the Civil Service Sam was a research scientist where he used lasers to study how your immune system cells trigger and DNA behaves.

Bert den Ouden
Project Director
Hydrogen Exchange Definition Project

Bert den Ouden is Project Director of Hydrogen Exchange Definition project. He is also the front man for energy at Berenschot consultancy, involved in the transition towards a sustainable climate-neutral energy system

The Hydrogen Exchange definition project is funded by Dutch gas operator Gasunie and four Dutch port authorities. From his experience as a former  energy exchange director, Bert den Ouden  is studying the practical design of an exchange on which hydrogen can be traded freely. A hydrogen exchange could be set up in stages and grow incrementally along with the formation of a market for climate-neutral hydrogen from a diversity of sources.

From 1999 until 2013, Bert den Ouden was CEO of Energy Exchange APX-ENDEX, active in the Netherlands, Belgium and United Kingdom. One of his focal activities was the pioneering and realization of the “market coupling” method to integrate the EU electricity markets, the “Target Model” for European market integration. He was involved in the Market Coupling  between France, Germany and Benelux, and the market coupling on the BritNed interconnector between Netherlands and UK.
In the gas market, he was active as operator of the On the day Commodty Market on the NBP in the UK. He also extended the liquidity on the Dutch TTF gas market, contributing to the growth of that TTF market as the most liquid in Europe.

Since 2013, Bert den Ouden has built the energy transition team at Berenschot consultancy, advising in sustainable energy solutions and market-based initiatives for the Energy Transition.  Projects encompass a wide range of  subjects including market flexibility and demand response, adaptation of grid tariffs, heat pump developments, important issues in district heating, carbon-free gas supply, carbon-neutral energy scenarios,  regional  projects for renewable energy and energy transition, electricity market analysis, electrification and several projects in Hydrogen. Lately he has been leading the creation of new climate-neutral energy scenarios 2050 for the Netherlands.

Arne Gürtner
Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore

Arne Gürtner currently holds the position of Senior Vice President for Equinor’s UK and Ireland upstream operations and sits on the board of Equinor UK Ltd. Gürtner also participates actively in industry forums as OGA Asset Stewardship Task Force Co-Chair and as a member of the OGUK Board and OGA North Sea Transition Forum.

Based in Equinor’s UK operations headquarters in Aberdeen, Arne leads the organisation supporting Equinor’s UK and Ireland upstream activities. These include the Mariner development, which started production in August 2019, Rosebank, one of the largest undeveloped resources on the UKCS, UK-Norway border developments Utgard and Barnacle, and a partner-operated interest in the Corrib gas field in Ireland.

Gürtner has held a broad variety of leadership roles across Equinor, including his previous position of Vice President for Technical Excellence in a global business function, and brings experience from project development, integrity management and process safety in operations from the UK and Norwegian Continental Shelves, as well as global research and technology development.

Arne holds a degree in engineering from the University in Stavanger and a PhD in marine technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

The session will conclude with a panel discussion where conference attendees can pose their questions to our expert panel.

We are delighted that the following individuals will join the panel in addition to the morning’s speakers:

Nigel Jenvey
Managing Partner – New Frontiers
Baker Hughes

Nigel has over 25 years of global energy industry experience in technology, project development and operations with major international energy companies. He is an industry leader in the Energy Transition, Decarbonization and Carbon Management, and an expert in Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS). Nigel has participated and lead collaborative industry technology programs, policy and regulatory development, and capability building efforts in low carbon energy. This includes roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section and founding member of the GAIA Sustainability program, peer-reviewer for International Energy Agency reports, and Alternate Chair to the National Petroleum Council CCUS Study Coordinating Subcommittee.

At Baker Hughes, Nigel is Managing Partner and responsible for strategy within New Frontiers that will position the company to help meet global energy demand by offering lower carbon solutions across industries. Nigel graduated from Imperial College, London with a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, and from The University of Leeds, UK with a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Mining Engineering. Nigel now lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and 2 children.

David Henderson
Managing Director – Energy Transition
PX Group

David Henderson has been with px Group since its formation, having started his career as a Graduate Electrical Engineer at the 1875MW Teesside Power Station.

Throughout his career with px Group David has held several senior engineering, management, and strategic leadership positions. David was appointed as Managing Director – energy Transition in 2021 having previously held the role of Chief Commercial Officer. David has both extensive operational and commercial expertise across several energy industry sectors including power, gas, biofuel, and renewables.

David has a 1st Class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and is also a Chartered Electrical Engineer.

David represents px Group as a strategic partner for NOF Energy as well as being a Trustee of a local Teesside charity.