Sessions | The North Sea Decarbonisation Conference

The North Sea Decarbonisation Conference

Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 May 2022

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

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Sessions

Opening Industry Sector Updates

We kick start our two-day conference with EIC’s Energy Analysts who will provide overviews on the sectors and markets that will be discussed over the course of the two days.

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Hydrogen: Four Shades of Hydrogen

Let’s talk about Hydrogen. Hydrogen as an energy carrier is not particularly a new concept and has been topical before. The difference in recent years is that clean hydrogen has gained real momentum and is being seen as a key part of the energy transition. Hydrogen has been identified by many governments as the fuel which will help reach net zero targets. The UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution has outlined the commitment to drive the growth of low carbon hydrogen in the UK through a range of supportive measures.

A key advantage for Hydrogen is it’s many uses, it can be utilised in power, heat, industry, transport, aviation, feedstock and storage applications. It can be burnt in a similar way to natural gas or used to generate power and heat in a fuel cell which, importantly, has zero carbon emissions at use.

In this session we will explore the hydrogen economy and look at how the North Sea can use its current infrastructure as well as seasoned expertise to drive a hydrogen future.

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Project Session with bp: H2 Teesside and HyGreen Teesside

bp sees low carbon hydrogen as an essential complement to the electrification of global energy systems where it can play a key role in hard-to-abate transport and industrial sectors. bp is already in action to help build the hydrogen economy in the UK. On Teesside in North East England bp is developing two projects. H2Teesside – a major blue hydrogen production facility to start up in 2027 and deliver 1GW of hydrogen by 2030; and HyGreen Teesside – a green hydrogen production facility to start up in 2025 and deliver 60MWe initially, with the potential to grow to 500MW by 2030. Together they could provide 30% of the UK’s 2030 target to produce 5GW from hydrogen. In this session bp will provide an update on both projects which will help to deliver significant carbon savings, create and sustain high quality jobs during the construction and operation phases, and engaging a UK-based supply chain.

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Electrification of the North Sea

The transition to a low carbon energy future is of course dependent on the rapid growth of renewable energy, however the world is still very much dependant on the production of oil and gas to meet rising energy demands. It is therefore essential that this energy need is produced with as low a carbon footprint as possible.

Net Zero requires investing in both new technologies and in the low-carbon networks of the future, whilst also collaborating across borders to optimise the continued development of the North Sea over the coming decades. The offshore oil and gas industry could significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by sourcing power for its platforms either from the shore or from offshore renewables. This initiative is building momentum, as energy majors collaborate in the early stages to explore the electrification of some of their North Sea assets.

This session will look at oil and gas asset electrification through offshore wind farms, offshore transmission infrastructure and marine renewables all of which are of vital importance in decreasing oil and gas sector emissions to meet net zero targets, as well as safeguarding the sector’s social licence to operate.

Our panel will discuss what has already been achieved, new emerging technologies, the challenges faced, as well as sharing and identifying technical issues that need to be resolved for projects to move forward.

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The Future of North Sea Offshore Wind Energy

The North Sea is home to a diverse energy mix, operating the largest offshore wind farms, with approximately 25GW already installed, with the UK making up just over 10GW. The UK and Europe are at the forefront of offshore wind power, continuing to retain their status as global leaders in offshore wind.

As a string of UK supply chain investment announcements has been made in the past year and the European Union unveiled its Renewable Energy Strategy. There has been a focus on the consenting and development process to help accelerate the planning stage of offshore wind farms.

With the offshore wind project pipeline showing no signs of slowing down, it is now truly a global opportunity. The UK continues to lead the market in operational projects, with approximately 45% of all installations, followed by Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Poland as well as the Netherlands.

In this session we will look at how the offshore wind industry is committed to being able to deliver further cost reductions, ability to power the North Sea region and look at the future pipeline of new deployments.

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Floating Offshore Wind – Storming into the Future

The floating offshore wind (FOW) sector has recently gained huge recognition globally as an attractive market. The UK and Europe are paving the way with its operational capacity, with new proposals rising in Scotland, France, Norway, Spain, Greece, Italy and Sweden - contributing to the formation of Europe’s large pipeline of commercial developments. With most offshore wind locations not suitable for bottom-fixed projects, the novel technology is continuing to progress towards commercialisation and opening new possibilities for wind power.

The North Sea has some of the world’s best wind resources and here in the UK marks a historic time for floating wind in Scotland and for the floating wind industry globally, with Crown Estate Scotland selecting 17 offshore wind projects in its ScotWind seabed leasing round and more than half of the total capacity was awarded to floating wind farms. The chosen proposals have a total capacity of 24,826 MW, bringing with them a host of environmental benefits and significant investment.

With the FOW sector set to develop the next wave in renewable energy and looking to become commercially competitive through scale and industrialisation, we will hear more on the major developments of FOW projects in the North Sea. In this session we will hear from wind leaders as they come together to discuss the variety and scale of these projects, the role of innovation and advancements in infrastructure, as well as supply chain information and opportunities that companies should be aware of.

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North Sea CCUS: Lessons Learned and Future Objectives

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is a widely seen as a key element in reducing global carbon emissions. It is also a technology that calls on the full skill set that exists in the oil and gas industry, making it attractive plan creating jobs connected to the North Sea energy industry and linking two of the UK Government’s flagship policies of ‘Net Zero by 2050’ and ‘Levelling Up’.

With such a significant role in the government's net zero plan it is not surprise it comes with some serious targets, including storing up to 30 million metric tons (mt) per annum by 2030, having this rise to 50 million mt per annum by 2035, which will require a determined effort from both public and private sectors.

The aim of this session is to facilitate a better understanding of what underpins risk, uncertainty, and investment in the CCUS infrastructure, whilst providing a roadmap for changes which are conducive to project development.

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CCUS Project Session: Driving CCUS Deployment in the North Sea

The North Sea is at the centre of Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) deployment, with the UK and Europe being home to a growing collection of industrial clusters that aim to use CCUS to help decarbonise their region and are essential to meet net-zero ambitions.

In 2021 the UK government selected two clusters, led by energy majors, to receive the funding and develop their proposed CCUS projects starting from 2025. The East Coast Cluster (ECC) and HyNet have now been named as the UK’s first two CCUS clusters following a successful bid to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The investment environment for CCUS in Europe has also been improving, in particular due to the adoption of more ambitious climate goals and increased policy support for clean energy technologies. Notable projects include the Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage (Porthos project) and the Amsterdam-IJmuiden CO2 Transport Hub & Kairos@C (Port of Antwerp)

In this dedicated session we will discuss the unique ways the UK and Europe are accelerating the deployment and commercialization of CCUS. We will hear how our expert panel are developing North Sea CCUS projects, the recent policies and initiatives available to support low-carbon technologies and the supply chain opportunities.

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Technology: Is the North Sea ready to lead the way in Clean Energy Technology?

For over fifty years the North Sea has been recognised alongside oil and gas however with strong decarbonisation goals in place we are hoping to see this recognition shift to one of renewable energy for the UKCS environment. The development of low carbon technology is key for this to happen.

The UK government has put forward a £92 million investment to enable green innovators to drive forward the next generation of technologies to help the UK transition to a clean, green energy system. The UK energy sector has always been a leader in engineering technology, and it is now using its knowledge and expertise to become greener, more efficient and more competitive. The areas attracting the most excitement involve cutting system costs, combining energy sources and presenting viable solutions for supporting net zero ambitions.

What do we need to do to develop and evolve technology to meet our low carbon targets? In this session we will look at both existing and new technologies that are being developed which will be instrumental in achieving a net zero North Sea.

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Investment for a Low Carbon Energy System – Policies and Financing Technology for a North Sea Future

Over the last few centuries, the North Sea economy has constantly reinvented itself from historically being dominated by oil and gas. As the UK and EU heads towards a low carbon economy, the North Sea is starting to offer new opportunities in emerging industries like offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage. Making the transition to a low carbon economy will only be possible with the redeployment of its oil and gas specialist skills, financial, political and multilateral cooperation.

To optimise the development of the North Sea and to effectively achieve wider climate goals, there is a significant requirement for the expansion of net-zero investment to further accelerate innovation and affordable technologies. Without Government, cross-border partnerships and a more systematic approach to financing, these technologies may not emerge and low-carbon energy projects in the North Sea may take much longer to develop and build.

As the North Sea coastline sets out some challenges and opportunities for the energy sector. Join us to hear what action is needed from the UK and European Union to build and support the required frameworks to create and accelerate an integrated North Sea net zero energy system.

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The Reinvention of Oil & Gas: The Decarbonisation Challenge

Traditional oil and gas companies are looking ahead, seeking to diversify their business models to focus on sources of long-term growth as well as innovating their way towards a greener, low carbon future. No energy company will be unaffected by the clean energy transition, and innovation, investment opportunities, and supply chain support are going to play a major role. Oil and gas companies have been proficient at delivering the fuels that form today’s energy system; the question that they now face is whether they can help deliver climate solutions.

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