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The Brent oil and gas field, lying north-east of the Shetland Islands, has been a cornerstone of the UK’s hugely successful oil and gas industry for almost 40 years. It has created and sustained thousands of jobs, contributed billions of pounds in tax revenues, and provided the UK with a substantial amount of its oil and gas.
Now, after many years of service to the UK, the Brent field is reaching the stage where almost all the available reserves of oil and gas have been retrieved. The next step in the lifecycle is to retire or ‘decommission’ the Brent field’s four platforms and their related infrastructure. This will be a complex, major engineering project and will take over ten years to complete.
It follows the decommissioning of other operators’ platforms in the North Sea with some 40 programmes submitted to the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) so far. This is the body that regulates the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations and pipelines in the UK.
Shell’s Project Director Alistair Hope and Business Opportunity Manager Duncan Manning will share proposals for how the team plan to carry out this significant engineering operation with you.
17:30 - Brent Decommissioning – Next Steps
1730 – Registration and refreshments
1800 – 1900 – Lecture Begins
1900 - 1930 - Q&A
1930 – Networking Reception
Alistair Hope: Project Director for Brent Decommissioning , Shell
Alistair Hope is Project Director for Brent Decommissioning one of the largest and complex projects in the North Sea today. He has nearly 24 years professional experience in Shell (in Upstream, Downstream, Gas & Power and Research roles) and has worked in The Netherlands, Norway, The Philippines and UK. His experience covers all aspects of Oil & Gas project development as well as operations, maintenance, new business development and HSE roles. He is a Chartered Engineer and has a Ph.D in Materials Engineering from Cambridge University.
Duncan Manning: Brent Decommissioning Business Opportunity Manager, Shell Upstream International
Duncan Manning (Brent Decommissioning Business Opportunity Manager) joined Shell Upstream International in 2013 after 19 years of service in the Royal Marine, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. A varied and successful career saw him fulfill a number of desk and leadership appointments as well as selection and attendance at the United States Marine Corps University for a year of study.
He completed three operational tours in Afghanistan and was responsible for planning and delivering a National level specialist response during the 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition to a degree from the University of Aberdeen in Geography and International Relations, Duncan also holds a Master’s degree (Distinguished Graduate) from the USMC University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute where he is also qualified in Strategic Direction and Leadership.
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