This Expert Workshop is organised by the Netherlands National Committee and will focus on 'Oil & Gas Industry as Key Players in the Energy Transition'.
It will consider the technical, economical and societal drivers, reflecting on the game changers that will drive the energy transition and enable the energy sector's role in the future integrated energy system. A northwest European perspective will provide the starting point for the discussions with our expert speakers, and will also consider the global perspective.
The Programme for this Expert Workshop was segregated into 4 webcasts over 4 days, 26- 29 May 2020, from 13:30-14:30 with key note speakers and Q&A
• 26th May: Oil & Gas key players in the Energy Transition: Old meets new • 27th May: Strategies for Wind and solar power hubs to Green Hydrogen • 28th May: Critical success factors for new start-up business models and technologies in large corporates • 29th May: "Blue hydrogen" a Carbon Neutral Natural Gas
Marjan van Loon, CEO and President, Shell Nederland & Chair, Netherlands WPC National Committee
Rene Peters, Business Director Gas Technology, TNO
Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy at Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, The Netherlands
Here is a short summary of the main points of the presentation
The Oil & Gas industry is developing and deploying various initiatives in order to hopefully transition to a sustainable energy system. The World Petroleum Council (WPC) Netherlands Committee hosted a series of webcasts that looked at the Oil & Gas industry as a key player in the Energy Transition. These webcasts were a collaboration between the WPC, KPMG, Shell, TNO (The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research) and IRO (the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry and Offshore Renewable Industry) The focus of the conversations was the North Sea where innovative energy production and supply models are tested and implemented.
Marjan van Loon, CEO and President of Shell Nederland and Chair of The Netherlands National Committee of the WPC kicked off the series of webcasts discussing the decommissioning and re-commissioning of Oil & Gas infrastructures. She was joined by Jacqueline Vaessen, General Manager at NexStep, a membership based organization that represents the Dutch state, oil and gas operators, and service industry; and moderator Rene Peters, Business Director of Gas Technology at TNO (The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research)
The North Sea, combined with the existing North West European infrastructure, is a unique region to accelerate the energy transition. The main political question is to make sure the infrastructure will be preserved for the future as an enabler for the energy transition.
On the second day, Rene Peters, moderated a discussion on “Strategies for Wind and solar power hubs to Green Hydrogen” with Ellen van de Veer, Energy Consultant at TNO. Also on the panel was Lex de Groot, Managing Director at Neptune Energy, an international independent Exploration & Production company and Noé van Hulst, the Hydrogen Envoy at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy.
Platform electrification can provide a hub function for the surrounding area. The harbours in the Netherlands provide an excellent transition point from offshore to onshore.
The PosHYdon pilot in the Rotterdam Harbor is one of those examples that will provide insight on which regulatory adjustments are needed to blend hydrogen into the national gas grid and to maintain value of green hydrogen. The PosHYdon project was set up by Shell Nederland to produce green hydrogen within the Port of Rotterdam, using green electricity from wind power. This wind power will preferably come from the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm.
The Dutch National Hydrogen Strategy 2020 is the first step in a series of initiatives to realise the country’s hydrogen ambitions. It supports the realization of 3-4 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 and 500 MW of capacity by 2025.
Geert van de Wouw, Vice President at Shell Ventures, along with Jerom van Roosmalen, Managing Director at Nordsol, a biofuel company, and Bud van der Schrier, Partner at KPMG discussed the critical success factors for corporate venture investing in transition technologies.
Part of the solution to innovate is to connect with start-up eco systems through corporate venturing. The realization of the North Sea vision requires an interplay between Government institutions and the private sector.
The North Sea Wind Power Hub is a proposed energy island complex to be built in the middle of the North Sea as part of a European system for sustainable electricity. Thousands of wind turbines will be placed around an artificial island, with short alternating-current links leading to it. It is hoped it will accelerate the deployment of offshore wind and its integration within the North Sea system. The achievement of the North Sea vision requires a solid relationship between Government institutions and the private sector.
Oil and Gas companies play a key role in encouraging new attitudes that will embrace innovation and change. It is hoped large companies will be the integrators and partnerships across the value chain will be critical to its success.
For more details or information on the Expert Workshop you can contact Joan Eischen at Eischen.Joan@kpmg.nl.