Monday, 11 April
While water is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods, the world’s water systems are facing threats. More than one billion people live in water-scarce regions and it is predicted that by 2030, global water demand could outstrip supply by 40%. Increasing agricultural, municipal and industrial withdrawals and discharges are degrading some freshwater and coastal aquatic ecosystems, and climate change is set to shift precipitation patterns and speed up glacial melt, altering water supplies and intensifying floods and droughts. The energy industry will increasingly face competition for the water resources it relies on and new pressure points will emerge which will transform the business landscape. Large-scale resource extraction and processing operations that rely on water and have limited ability to relocate are particularly vulnerable, even more so if those operations are located in impoverished, volatile states. This Panel will identify strategic water management challenges facing the energy industry; explore the relevance of water to decision-making; address the growing importance of water rights; discuss the drivers of future water policy; and explore what represents good water governance. Drawing on examples from inside and outside the energy industry, participants will consider the role of innovation in finding sustainable solutions to the energy/water nexus; demonstrate what sustainability means; and emphasise the value of sound risk management based on environmental, social, legal, and economic perspectives.
Alistair Wyness, BP plc
Stuart Orr, World Wildlife Fund
Will Sarni, Touche Deloitte
Joseph Paul Lima, Schlumberger
Post Macondo learnings have resulted in an increased focus on process safety to ensure catastrophic incidents do not occur. Drilling contractors have used HSE (Safety) Cases in the past to address these issues. This panel session will feature the viewpoints of drilling contractors, operators and regulators and to engage the audience in a constructive dialogue.
Steve J. Brady, Ensco
Rene Woertman, Shell
Anne Myhrvold, PSA Norway
Dave Walls, Transocean
Charles R. Williams, Center For Offshore Safety
The challenge of sustainable human development is leading to opportunities for innovation in almost every aspect of life on this planet. Businesses are economic instruments driven by demand, amongst other factors. Sustainability is creating a new category of demand—solutions that reduce humankind’s impact on the planet. This session will present a framework that is being used by leading corporations to identify and quantify how value can be captured from sustainability. Case studies drawn from inside and outside oil and gas industry will demonstrate how sustainability is being deployed to deliver better risk management, greater financial returns and new business opportunities. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the case studies and offer up examples of innovative value creation, anchored in the emerging demand for more sustainable products and services.
Elizabeth Lee Cheney, Trio Global Consulting
Peter Harvey, Rio Tinto
Daniel D. Domeracki, Schlumberger
John Westerheide, GE Energy Systems
The increasing need to recruit local resources in oil and gas operation and the oil price constraints pose a real challenge to the industry, which presents the following issues: ~ Multilingual workforce ~ Lack of specific competency and low perception of risks ~ Different cultural and religious aspects ~ Need for short-term assignments that imply reluctance to selfengagement ~ Poor attention to personal safety and fatalism ~ Poor recognition of authority to indigenous supervisors These issues require assessment and management of behavioral aspects, focused on risk perception, polite and constructive two-way communication, investment in high-profile local resources, training, reporting of unsafe acts, and incentives focused on safety behaviors.