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National Decommissioning Centre Panel Discussion

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The University of Aberdeen is delighted to invite Offshore Europe attendees for a panel discussion and tour of the NDC

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Panel Discussion - The Environment and Decommissioning - Challenges and Opportunities

Come along and hear from experts representing industry, the regulator, and academia and join in the Q&A session that will follow the panel members’ presentations. You also have an opportunity to tour the NDC facilities.

Panel Members:

Carol Barbone

Stakeholder Relations, Fairfield Energy Limited, Aberdeen

Carol is currently advising Fairfield Energy on stakeholder engagement in relation to the decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area and Dunlin Alpha concrete gravity-based structure. She has had extensive practical experience of environmental issues management, stakeholder engagement and regulatory compliance for decommissioning projects led by BG, CNRI, Shell, Talisman-Sinopec, successfully managing engagement programmes, statutory and public consultations, and OSPAR liaison on derogation cases. Carol also acted as stakeholder advisor to the INSITE scientific research project until the completion of its first phase in 2017. She has an MSc in Environmental Partnership Management and is an Elphinstone Scholar in marine governance at the University of Aberdeen.

Peter Oliver

Senior Staff Environmental Scientist, Environmental Technology Unit, Chevron Energy Technology Company a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Aberdeen

Peter has 25 years of experience working in Environmental Management, EIA and HES supporting all aspects of oil and gas exploration, operations and drilling. Peter joined Chevron in 1999 and held environmental and HES Leadership roles in Chevron's businesses in the UK, Angola and the USA. Since 2016, Peter has been part of Chevron's UK General Technology Centre based in Aberdeen. His work involves provision of strategic and technical expertise for Chevron’s Corporate HES initiatives and its worldwide businesses. A particular focus of Peter’s work is decommissioning environmental management and technology development. Peter is a Vice Chair of the International Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Environment Committee and represents Chevron on the UK Natural Environment Research Council Innovation Programme in Oil and Gas. Prior to Chevron, Peter worked as an Environmental Consultant and as an Environmental Advisor for AMEC. Peter is a Full Member of the UK Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and is a Chartered Environmentalist.

Richard Heard

INSITE Programme Director, INSITE North Sea

Richard Heard graduated in 1985 with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London. He has more than 35-years’ experience in engineering consultancy, primarily in the pipeline and subsea sector in the UK, Australia and the USA. He has held board and senior management positions in a number of consultancy businesses. In 2005 he co-founded the Xodus Group, establishing the Group’s Subsea Division and London office. He left Xodus in 2011 and has worked in the decommissioning sector since then. He led the Oil & Gas UK Decommissioning Baseline Study Joint Industry Project from 2011-2013 and continues to provide decommissioning support within the Upstream Policy Division of OGUK. Since 2014 he has been Programme Director for the INSITE Programme, an industry-funded marine science project studying the influence of man-made structures in the North Sea.

Graeme Paton

Head of School of Biological Sciences the University of Aberdeen

Graeme Paton is a professor of Soil Science and Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, with a specific focus on contaminated land pollution. The main focus of his research is in monitoring bioavailability and the development of sustainable technologies to mitigate pollution. Much of his initial research focused on the development and application of microbial biosensors and the interface with soils, sediments and waters. This technology has continued to be develop and Aberdeen remains a centre for the application of these sensors in complex systems. He also publishes in more fundamental soil science as such an understanding underpins future developments in applied technologies and mitigation steps.

To complement his academic work, he was a co-founder and remains a director of Remedios Limited which pioneers the sustainable use of environmental technologies particularly applied to contaminated land. More recently he also formed and directed a second spin-out company: Epona Technologies which makes use of whisky by-products for the treatment of wastewaters and effluents. This was sold to private equity in August 2018. This company is underpinned by the patented technology DRAM (device for remediation and attenuation of multiple pollutants).

Pauline Innes

Director of Decommissioning, Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Aberdeen

Pauline Innes is Director for Decommissioning in the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for the Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED). She has a background in the public sector and has spent most of her career working in housing policy and economic regeneration. She joined the decommissioning regulation team in OPRED in 2015. She has a degree in Business Studies and a post graduate qualification in Economic Development.

John Patterson

Chair in Law, School of Law at the University of Aberdeen

Professor John Paterson is one of the co-founders of the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen. He has been involved in a range of international multidisciplinary projects in research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field of energy law. He is co-editor of UK Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends (published by Edinburgh University Press in 2 volumes and now in its third edition). He teaches Regulatory Aspects on the University of Aberdeen's MSc in Decommissioning. He has held recent visiting appointments at the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Elspeth Macdonald

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

Elspeth took up her role as CEO of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at the beginning of August. Prior to that, she was deputy CEO at Food Standards Scotland (FSS) for four years, after FSS, in 2015, took over the responsibilities previously carried out in Scotland by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). As part of FSS’s senior management team, Elspeth had lead responsibility for FSS’s work on strategy and policy. Before that, she spent 14 years with FSA in a range of roles, including in London, where she led FSA’s Regulatory and International Unit. Elspeth is a science graduate of Stirling and Aberdeen universities, and started her career at what is now Marine Scotland’s laboratory in Aberdeen.

Running Order

(4.30pm: Coach transfer from P&J Live to NDC, Newburgh* )

5.00 – 5.30pm: Arrival with drinks reception

5.30 – 5.45pm: Welcome and Introduction to panel members

5.45 – 6.10pm: Panel members talks

6.10 – 6.55pm: Q&A /discussion

6.55 – 7.00pm: Close panel session

7.00pm: Coach transfer to P&J Live / City Centre city

7:00 - 7:30pm: [Optional] Tour of the NDC facilities. If you are interested in the tour, please email Karen McArdle (e.karen.mcardle@abdn.ac.uk) to arrange. Transport after the tour will be arranged.

*The NDC is based in Newburgh, just a 20-minute drive from the P&J Live venue. We have arranged a coach transfer departing the P&J Live venue at 4:30pm. Spaces are limited however, so please email Brian Hussey at brian.hussey@abdn.ac.uk if you wish to reserve a seat on the coach.

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