Aberdeen – Evening Meeting – The Low Carbon Future – How can the Subsea Industry Contribute?

25 February, 2020



Sir Ian Wood Building Robert Gordon University Garthdee Road Aberdeen AB10 7GJ

Registrations 17:30– Presentations 18:00, Refreshments & Networking to follow

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The world is gaining an increasing focus on tackling global warming with a particular emphasis on carbon reduction. The Oil & Gas UK’s Energy Transition Outlook Report 2019 identifies activities focusing on Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage, Hydrogen Production, Offshore Renewables Integration and Net Zero Offshore Operations.

This evening meeting looks to cover the above topics with subject matter experts to identify how the subsea industry can play its part.

Hugh Riddell, Regional Partnership Manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Integration of Renewable Energy for Offshore Operations


Rory MacKenzie, Head of Subsea Electrical Technologies, Total

Subsea Electrification for Carbon Footprint Reduction

Electrification of the subsea production system is part of a global CO2 reduction program within Total. Together with subsea processing, digitalization and automation we see the potential to minimize topside facilities to normally unmanned FPSO’s/platforms (more than 50% size reduction) or remove them altogether with Subsea to Beach architectures.  This will realize a significant carbon footprint reduction during the development phases and the operational phase.

Reduction in the size of subsea infrastructure will also have a positive carbon reduction contribution during manufacture and installation phases.  Eliminating the continuous hydraulic supply from manufacturing locations to the offshore facilities will also contribute.  Additionally, the potential for releasing hydraulic fluids to sea will be removed.


Greg Jones, Project Engineer, Oil and Gas Technology Centre

Hydrogen Production, the Future of Decarbonised Energy?

Hydrogen has the potential to replace the gas we use in our homes and the fuel we use in our vehicles. It is therefore an essential element of the energy mix as we move to decarbonised energy. An overview of current projects and what the hydrogen economy could look like will be presented.


David Vega-Maza, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at University of Aberdeen

Our Carbon Budget is Running Out, Along with Our Excuses

Summarising the indisputable climate change evidences caused by human activity, impacts, projections, and mitigation strategies. Although there is no magic solution, Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) may contribute to it as we transition to a net-zero carbon economy. This involves capturing CO2 when it is produced, transporting it and injecting it into a deep suitable storage site such as a depleted offshore oil reservoir or a saline aquifer. CCUS technologies, drivers and blockers will be presented, followed by an open discussion.


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