Energy transition will be the focus of the Society for Petroleum Engineers’ SPE Offshore Europe 2021, a virtual conference that takes place from September 7 to September 10, 2021.
Ten keynote sessions and 14 technical sessions will be on the program, incorporating more than 50 technical papers. Energy transition will be the subject of seven out of 10 keynotes and 50 percent of the technical program.
The opening plenary will include a panel discussion with the theme “Oil and Gas: Working Together for a Net Zero Future.” Panelists will include Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change; Gordon Birrell, BP executive vice president, production and operations; Al Cook, Equinor’s vice-president of development and production international; and Phil Kirk, Harbour Energy CEO.
Keynote sessions include topics such as delivering carbon capture, utilization, and storage; CCUs and hydrogen at scale; energy islands; facilities of the future, breaking the silo paralysis, ramping up digital to enable a low-carbon industry, and roadmaps to net zero.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the conference and the exhibition have been divided: An in-person exhibition will happen from February 1 to 4, 2022, and will include new keynote content that will be developed after COP26, The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
“The conference program at SPE Offshore Europe has always been a ‘must-attend’ event for those wanting to keep in touch with industry-leading thinking strategically and at a technical level. The industry’s path to decarbonization and role in supporting net zero is top of the agenda this year, and with COP26 just seven weeks later, the program promises to be a real curtain-opener,” said Neil Saunders, SPE Offshore Europe 2021’s conference chair.
“The future of oil and gas in the energy mix is in our hands and SPE Offshore Europe gives us the chance to work together, before and after COP26, to secure our place in a net zero future,” Saunders added.
“The timing of the conference, prior to COP26, and content of the technical program are both opportune and highly relevant as we experience an acceleration of the energy transition and the industry response,” said Kevin Gallagher, SPE Offshore Europe 2021’s technical committee chair. “We look forward to informative and inspiring technical sessions which prompt numerous important discussions at this pivotal time for our industry.”
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