IES 2022 - The North Sea Energy Transition: New Future & New Opportunities
Recorded On: 09/28/2022
Originally presented at the AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit in London
John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services Ltd.
Andy Samuel, CEO, North Sea Transition Authority
Jenny Stanning, External Relations Director, Offshore Energies UK (OEUK)
Graham Stewart, Chairman, Longboat Energy
Moderator: Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director, Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University
With the ambitions and targets set out by the UK and devolved governments, the UKCS could become a world class offshore energy powerhouse. As part of this session, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) will share their views on the future of the basin and what will be required to set this up for success. The panel discussion will build on the scene setting presentations and will include a discussion on the possible implications of the energy transition for the industry’s commercial, business development and legal communities.
Managing Director, CNG Services Ltd.
John started his career as a graduate engineer in British Gas and BGE&P and worked on projects including South Morecambe, CATS and Armada. He then worked in Transco looking after the National Transmission System (NTS) in the period 1995 – 98 when many of the first wave of CCGTs were built as well as the UK-Continent Interconnector and a £350 Million expansion of the NTS. He has been President of the SBGI (Society of British Gas Industries, now known as the EUA) and is a former Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association Biogas Group. His company CNG Services Ltd is a niche EPC Contractor and consultant in biomethane and hydrogen. John is also a Director of CNG Fuels who are building a national network of Bio-CNG filling stations connected to the high pressure gas grid and is a Director of Barrow Shipping Ltd which is the leading shipper focused on renewable gases. He has 39 years experience in the gas industry, fossil and renewable.
CEO, North Sea Transition Authority
Andy works with leaders to deliver value and create meaningful change and has been Chief Executive of the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Authority (formerly the Oil & Gas Authority) since 2015.
He was brought in to set up the new organization working closely with industry and the government. In a short space of time, the NSTA created a new vision for the UK Continental Shelf and has delivered on its strategies through agile and collaborative workstreams.
Andy is passionate about the urgency and opportunities presented by the global energy transition, alongside a sharp focus on bolstering security of supply. The NSTA strategy fully incorporates net zero and the NSTA’s energy integration work highlights the massive carbon abatement potential of the North Sea, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore wind.
Andy serves on a number of boards and co-chaired the Aberdeen Maggie’s cancer charity for five years. Andy held a variety of executive and leadership roles at BG Group over 20 years, including Managing Director Europe Exploration and Production. Andy holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD from London University and is an accredited coach through Meyler Campbell Mastered executive coaching.
Following an international career, he is based on a North Devon coastal farm that is being managed for biodiversity gain.
External Relations Director, Offshore Energies UK (OEUK)
Jenny Stanning is responsible for leading OEUK’s external affairs, events and membership teams. In this role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organizations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.
Prior to joining OEUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for 10 years including the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.
Chairman, Longboat Energy
Born in Ireland and brought up in Scotland, Graham holds an honours degree in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from Edinburgh University and has over 30 years’ experience in oil and gas technical and business affairs. Of Scottish and Faroese descent, he founded Faroe Petroleum plc in 1998, where he held the roles of Chairman and then Chief Executive Officer. Listed on AIM, Faroe grew to become a substantial and respected company, with significant exploration and M&A success, principally in Norway. Faroe was bought by DNO in January 2019.
Before that Graham was CFO of Dana Petroleum plc, and held positions with the Petroleum Science and Technology Institute and Schlumberger.
Graham is today a founder and non-executive Chairman of the Greenland-focused gold and strategic minerals company Amaroq Minerals Inc, listed in London and Toronto. Graham is also a founder and non-executive Chairman of London-listed oil and gas company Longboat Energy plc, focused mainly on Norway.
Graham has three grown-up daughters, and lives in Edinburgh with his Faroese wife. He actively pursues a wide variety of interests outside work, including music, sport, and travel.
Professor Paul de Leeuw (Moderator)
Director, Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University
Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 34 years’ experience in the global energy sector. He has worked for a wide range of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica.
He is currently the Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, Chair of PlanSea Solutions, a government and industry advisor, a Board member of the International School in Aberdeen and a Professor at Robert Gordon University (UK).
Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 25 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations. He is also a regular contributor to industry events and a frequent media commentator on issues and developments in the international energy sector.