The combination of a low-oil price environment and the energy transition (to renewables) puts the oil and gas industry in an unprecedented place where the requirement to explore, develop and produce exists within a context of reluctant albeit continued demand.
The role of engineers and geoscientists is still vital to the successful outcome of upstream projects and the challenges and excitement of the work remain. But the pressure to deliver is probably greater than ever.
The "Big Crew Change" is over and there are fewer "wise heads" who "have seen it all before". This means that younger and less-experienced professionals are making decisions and taking responsibility. Generally, this will result in greater job satisfaction, but in order to ensure that the right decisions are made, consultation and knowledge sharing becomes more important than ever.
SPE EUROPEC 2018 at the 80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition provides the ideal environment to share ideas and concerns with colleagues from across the world. Collaboration and debate leads to better decisions. The wide range of topics in the technical programme should ensure all areas of interest are covered.
Imperial College London
Visiting Professor at Politecnico Torino