Community Square

About Community Square
Launched in 2016, Community Square returns with crisp "ON AIR" talk-shows which will be livestreamed on New this year is the addition of an exciting program of free to attend Knowledge Café meetings.

With "ON AIR" at Community Square we look at challenges through the eyes of energy consumers and citizens, on top of the energy professional perspective. Community Square is there for all offshore energy stakeholders.

Join one of the Knowledge Café meetings or talk-shows at Community Square in hall 2. See you there!
Community Square is sponsored by ATPI Griffinstone.

Tuesday 10 October |

10.30 – 13.00 | 2 nations, 1 basin – same challenges. Optimizing value from the Southern North Sea
10.30 – 12.00 | Open discussion
12.30 – 13.00 | "ON AIR" talk-show with Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio

With contributions from:

  • Fraser Weir, North Sea Director, Centrica E&P and Chair of the Southern North Sea Rejuvenation SIG
  • Kathy Heller, Development Manager Southern North Sea, NAM
  • Julian Manning, Director – Europe Africa Russia Caspian, Process and Pipeline Services, Baker Hughes
  • Simon Gray, CEO, East of England Energy Group
  • Roger Esson, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea
  • Rob Hastings, CEO, Indigo Power

With an aging gas basin, the rejuvenation of energy production activities in the SNS is crucial for future energy security and Maximising Economic Recovery. The key to big-wins in this field is the sharing of information and ideas, collaboration and the sharing of best practices. The East of England Energy Group, in association with the Oil and Gas Authority, Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea are working with operators and key stakeholders in the Southern North Sea region.

How can we access tight gas reserves; and what techniques and infrastructure are required? Can we share resources between operators to lower the cost of operations and future exploration? Is there a way of sharing resources, offshore training and currency between oil & gas and the offshore wind sector? Can the UK and the Netherlands learn from the way their operations are run where these two nations share the same basin?

Tuesday 10 October |

14.00 – 16.30 | Reshaping North Sea energy infrastructure
14.00 – 15.30 | Open discussion
16.00 – 16.30 | "ON AIR" talk-show with Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio

With contributions from:

  • Ante Frens, Development and Technical Manager, NAM
  • René Peters, Director Gas Technology, TNO
  • Arnold Groot, General Manager, Circular Energy
  • Ian Fozdar, Decommissioning Infrastructure Manager, OGA
  • Joris Koornneef, Strategy Consultant - Sustainable Geo Energy, TNO

The North Sea is an important area where energy transition takes place. The Netherlands is currently experiencing a strong ramp-up of offshore wind energy construction activities in the North Sea. Meanwhile cessation and decommissioning of current oil and gas production activities in the North Sea offshore is ongoing and will be an important challenge for the time ahead. The energy transition can be accelerated by collaboration between the oil & gas and offshore wind sector. For example, if offshore oil and gas sector combine their infrastructure(s), services, human capital and knowledge. The "North Sea Energy program", designed to speed up energy transition and cooperation on the North Sea, was launched in May to investigate what forms of smart collaboration are possible. Together with the North Sea Energy program Community Square offers a program on (re)shaping the energy infrastructure of the North Sea, focusing on the latest developments in platform electrification, gas-to-wire, power-to-gas, energy storage (including hydrogen) and carbon capture and storage.

Wednesday 11 October |

10.30 – 13.00 | Deep dive into digitalization
10.30 – 12.00 | Open discussion
12.30 – 13.00 | "ON AIR" talk-show with Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio

  • Unni Ulland, Chief Information Officer, ENGIE E&P
  • Barthold Schroot, Program Lead Advice and Innovation, EBN
  • Thomas Friedman, Head of Project Development and Programs, Siemens AG
  • Rob van der Spek, Director of Knowledge Management, DNV GL Oil & Gas
  • Joost Lasschuit, Managing Director, Rolloos

Digitalization is a must. At company level. At industry level. At the level of the global economy. That is why Offshore Energy and DNV GL have teamed up to offer you a deep dive into digitalization.
Community Square 2017 features a program designed to show how a solid digitalization strategy can maximize benefits and minimize risks for you and your company. Harnessing data, data management and creating value from data will be part of the program. But the real challenges of digitalization are non-technical and these will be explored and discussed as well: how to get people, work processes and culture to catch up with technological possibilities?

Wednesday 11 October |

14.00 – 16.30 | Capitalizing on decarbonization
14.00 – 15.30 | Open discussion
16.00 – 16.30 | "ON AIR" talk-show with Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio

With contributions from:

  • Stijn van den Heuvel, Director Public & Regulatory Affairs, NUON and Board Member, NVDE, Dutch Association of Sustainable Energy
  • Marjolijn Vencken, Senior Advisor, Shell / Transitie Coalitie
  • Jelte Bosma, Partner, DAREL
  • Ewald Breunesse, Manager Energy Transition, Shell

Meeting the Paris climate targets requires billions in investments. But the need to decarbonize our economy can also lead to commercial opportunities. Almost two years after the Paris climate agreement we're taking stock of international and national targets – on CO2 emission reductions, the share of renewable energy and energy efficiency – and especially where we are in meeting those targets. Organized in close cooperation with the "Transitie Coalitie" consisting of 65 companies based in the Netherlands, Community Square will share successful experiences in capitalizing on decarbonization.


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