2017 Keynote Programme

  • Embracing New Realities: Reinventing Our Industry

    The SPE Offshore Europe 2017 Keynote sessions covered the topics outlined below.

    2017 Keynote Programme

  • New Business Models to Address Mature Basin Challenges

    Whilst activity has undoubtedly declined of late, the waters around North West Europe continue to hold a signifi cant prize, which can be accessed through optimising mature fields and infrastructure or unlocking the technical limits in IOR/EOR, HPHT and heavy oil. To achieve this, we must embrace the new realities and support the reinvention of our industry. 


    Making Capital Work in The New Reality

    Capital invested in the upstream industry has not generated competitive returns for a number of years. Attracting new capital is diffi cult in the current environment, and allocating limited available funds to develop existing resources and for exploration is challenging. The panel will explore what potential sources of capital are available and how the oil and gas industry can compete for capital against other industries in the global market.

    Disrupting and Digitising Our Industry: Harnessing Technologies to Shape and Transform All Aspects of Our Business

    Whilst recent economic forces have disrupted our business causing financial hardships and major structural changes, advancing technologies offer many opportunities to transform what we do and how we do it. Innovations in hardware and software are coming together in new ways allowing us to measure, control, automate and deploy intelligence in a wide range of systems.

  • Cyber and Physical Attacks - Understanding & Managin the Risks

    The risk of cyber and or physical attack is ever present for our industry and both have the potential to put our people, processes and property in danger. An overview of the global threats in existing and emerging E&P markets forms part of this panel, which will examine trends and developments to offshore operations worldwide.


    Describing a Future E&P Based on Innovative Digital Solutions and Big Data

    The E&P industry has always been an industry of data gathering, management and analysis. With our ability to not only continuously gather enormous amounts of data but also analyse them in more and more sophisticated ways, in self-learning algorithms, the industry itself will change.

    It's All About Us - The Human Factors Behind Safety Statistics

    2015 saw an increase in Oil and Gas related fatalities as reported by IOGP’s membership from the previous year, bucking a multi-year trend of falling Industry fatalities. Squeezed margins, job uncertainty, doing the same (or more) with less could all be pinned on this unwanted statistic, but are environmental factors really to blame?


  • A Sustainable Future? Finding, Developing and Retaining Tomorrow's talent

    Our industry has just gone through the most severe and longest downturn since the mid-1980s, with signifi cant headcount reductions across the global industry, across all levels of technical and functional delivery. The industry is also going through a generational change with large numbers of experienced, senior personnel leaving or retiring from the industry and unlikely to return as activity levels recover. It is important to look at how the consequences of this downturn have affected the perception of our industry, locally and globally.

    Benefits of Adopting 'Best Practice' From Others

    The oil and gas industry can be dismissive of work from other industries, however, transferable it may be. As an industry, we have been reluctant to survey other industries for smart and innovative ideas to creatively adopt and adapt. Successful oil and gas companies should broaden their thinking, learn, and where appropriate, adopt relevant ‘best practice’, processes and technological solutions that have been successfully employed by other industries to perform better. We can exploit successful thinking and proven solutions from many other industries and apply them everywhere.

    How Are We Going to Embrace and Deliver Sustainability in the Sector?

    The sustainability agenda is extremely diverse and involves an ever increasing number of stakeholders. Companies, individuals and a broad group of non-industry stakeholders’ perceptions of sustainability are shaped by personal and institutional priorities. These priorities are strongly infl uenced by the context in which they arise. What is clear is the increasing importance of sustainability to our industry’s ability to both operate and fi nance upstream oil and gas activities in ever more challenging environments.

  • Breakthrough Ideas in Supply Chain Effectiveness

    The upstream oil and gas business has achieved amazing technical feats to access hydrocarbons, but we have struggled in signifi cantly modernising and revolutionising our supply chain. The panel will discuss new ideas in alignment and focus of supply chain practice and theory to offer new ideas and areas we should consider changing to deliver a better outcome.

    Decommissioning: Are We Thinking Big Enough

    As planned decommissioning activities increase, there is a growing debate on how to make the processes more effi cient, and cost-effective. Oil and gas companies are already sharing lessons learned, and working closely with the regulator, to maximise wider understanding of the issues, and the nature of the challenges faced in end of field life management.
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