Wireline | issue 14 | Oct 2010
Glen Cayley Vice President – Technical, Europe Shell U.K. Exploration and Production
As part of Shell’s investment in the UKCS this year we are working on an exciting development plan for the Fram field in the Central North Sea. We continue to see opportunities in developing our assets and shaping our asset portfolio to suit our strengths.
James Edens Vice President & Managing Director CNR International (UK) Limited
The experienced and talented people currently working within the UKCS creates the largest opportunity for us. We seek to attract some of the best people this basin has to offer, and develop them to create value in our assets both here in the UKCS and in our operations in Africa and Canada.
To contribute to the work of OSPRAG as it is doing and to work with other parties to assure people that our UK oil and gas industry operates to the highest standards with respect for people and the environment, and is well regulated. I see this as the most urgent work, but there are other areas to work simultaneously such as industry safety and developing our world-class supply chain for future opportunities.
Promoting the value remaining in the mature producing assets of the UKCS. Oil and Gas UK has to work with government and industry, to profitably maintain the existing infrastructure, so the remaining targets can be captured for economic benefit. A number of issues need to be addressed to achieve this, from the availability of skilled personnel both onshore and offshore, to the high cost of security for decommissioning, to creating appropriate fiscal models to promote extraction of the last remaining barrels.
It was an exciting industry for someone like me when I joined it 30 years ago, just as it would be today. I set out with a geology degree from Liverpool University and a post-graduate degree in petroleum geology from Aberdeen University. I’ve since had great opportunities to work in many different parts of the world in various production, field development and exploration roles.
An excellent overview of the wonders of the petroleum industry by a major oil company. While studying at university, I thought I would work in aerospace, biomedical engineering, or telecommunications, until I was enlightened by what exciting opportunities existed in multi-faceted world of oil and gas exploration and production. Even today, I don’t think we as an industry do enough to promote to developing professionals the great opportunities which exists in our collective operations worldwide.
Susan Elston Managing Director, Offshore & Remote Sites Aramark Limited
The biggest opportunity is in developing a service proposition that works across the North Sea that will contribute fully to workforce health and wellbeing and assist in business growth.
Oil & Gas UK’s first priority should be to continue to drive the sustainability agenda.
From a catering perspective the industry is a one-off, where there is true engagement across all parts of the industry and all opinions matter.
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