Oil & Gas: What’s Next for Ageing Offshore Assets?

  • Date 16 Mar 2016
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Oil & Gas: What’s Next for Ageing Offshore Assets?

16 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 17:00

South Gallery, Room 3 & 4

*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

With a maximum decommissioning spend forecast for 2017, this conference strand will explore the market opportunities and examine the technology requirements for what is likely to be a bow wave of activity and emerging projects, in terms of engineering skills, new technology, environmental surveys, logistical planning and purpose built equipment. The strand will also consider the counterpoint to these projects and take look at life extension issues and alternative uses for abandoned fields and structures.

Chaired by Karen Seath, Interim Chief Executive, Decom North Sea and Callum Falconer, Decommissioning Manager, Marathon Oil


The Technical Challenge

10:00-10:20 | Chairmen's Welcome & Introduction to the Key Challenges of Extending the Life of Offshore Assets, Karen Seath, Interim Chief Executive, Decom North Sea  & Callum Falconer, Decommissioning Manager, Marathon Oil and Chairman, Decom North Sea

10:20-10:45 | Reversed S-Lay For Subsea Pipelines Decommissioning, Ahmed Soliman, Master of Science Degree in Subsea Engineering, University of Aberdeen

10:45-11:10 | Satellite-Based Oil Spill Detection around Decommissioned Assets, Rob Ayasse, International Sales Manager - Energy, Environment & Security, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

11:10-11:35 | CO₂ Storage Capacity of UK Abandoned and Depleting Fields, Michelle Bentham, Head of Partnerships and Innovation, British Geological Survey

Life Extension Opportunities 

13:00-13:25 | Findings from HSE's KP4 Programme on Ageing and Life Extension of Offshore Hydrocarbon Installations, Andy Duncan, Lead Consultant, Intertek Production & Integrity Assurance

13:25-13:50 | Retrofit of Real Time Impressed Current Cathodic Protection - Making Life Extension a Viable Option, Andy Smerdon, Managing Director, Aquatec Group Ltd

13:50-14:15 | Maintaining Existing Platforms for the Future, Cody Warner, Offshore and Onshore Energy Industry Specialist, Deep Trekker Inc

14:15-14:40 | Engineering to Extend Life of Platform Wells, Madhu Hariharan, Director, 2H Offshore Engineering

The Application of Innovation

15:15-15:40 | Correctly Evaluating the Risk of Downtime Due to Weather in Project Design and Planning, Chris Lovell, Principal Engineer, Xodus Group Ltd 

15:40-16:05 | NW Hutton: Seabed Recovery Complete by 2028?, Marion Collin, Senior Environmental Report Writer, Gardline Environmental

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations subject to change


  • Karen Seath


    Interim Chief Executive

    Decom North Sea

    Karen Seath is Decom North Sea's Interim Chief Executive. With over 20 years' experience in the scientific and commercial business development...

  • Callum Falconer


    Decommissioning Manager

    Marathon Oil

    Callum has been in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years and at Marathon Oil for 28 years holding a number of operational, project and...

  • Rob Ayasse


    International Sales Manager - Energy, Environment & Security

    Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

    Rob joined Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) in February 2015 as an International Sales Manager for Energy, Environment & Security. He specialises...

  • Michelle Bentham


    Head of Partnerships and Innovation

    British Geological Survey

    Michelle Bentham is Head of Partnerships and Innovation at the British Geological Survey (BGS). She works with members of the BGS Executive and...

  • Marion Collin


    Senior Environmental Report Writer

    Gardline Environmental Ltd

    Marion is a marine environmental scientist and works as senior report writer within Gardline’s Environmental Reporting team. Her primary role is to...

  • Andy Duncan


    Lead Consultant

    Intertek Production & Integrity Assurance

    Andy Duncan is a Chartered Engineer, working in the field of materials and corrosion engineering for 35 years and in over 20 countries.  He is a...

  • Madhu Hariharan



    2H Offshore Engineering

    Madhu Hariharan is currently a director of the 2H Offshore office in Woking, UK, where he is jointly responsible for the management of the office. He...

  • Chris Lovell


    Principal Engineer

    Xodus Group Ltd

    Chris is a Principal Engineer at Xodus Group energy consultancy. He completes a range of Risk, Reliability Engineering and Technical Safety scopes of...

  • Andy Smerdon


    Managing Director

    Aquatec Group Ltd

    After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Andy worked with pioneering underwater acoustics companies before setting up Aquatec, a subsea...

  • Ahmed Soliman


    Masters of Science in Subsea Engineering

    University of Aberdeen

    Ahmed is a Subsea Engineer with ten years’ experience in onshore and offshore pipelines construction, inspection and maintenance. He received his...

  • Cody Warner


    Offshore and Onshore Energy Industry Specialist

    Deep Trekker Inc

    As an Offshore and Onshore Energy Industry Specialist for Deep Trekker Inc., Cody has experience with developing solutions for various underwater...


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