Community Square returns, bigger than last year, to a prime spot on the Offshore Energy exhibition. Drop by for the live recordings of a talk-show or participate in a workshop related to the future of the North Sea and other topical themes in offshore. Both days of Community Square will be hosted by BNR Nieuwsradio presenter Maarten Bouwhuis.
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 anyone who feels part of the global offshore energy community as well as for all offshore energy stakeholders. All programs are guided by the overall annual theme Explore. Inspire. Transform.
Join us for a lively free to attend workshop or talk-show at Community Square. See you there!
Tuesday 23 October: Accelerating energy transition by new functions on the North Sea
The first day at Community Square features workshops and talk-shows organized in collaboration with the North Sea Energy program.
Integrating functions for the North Sea
The North Sea is high on the political agenda of North Sea countries. The main policy themes for this area are the energy transition, ecology and sustainable food production. The main challenge is to harmonize these themes while considering all the various (economic) activities and stakeholders, including: oil and gas production, fisheries, sand and shell extraction, shipping, areas for military use, nature reserves, and recreational activities. The area thus has an important economic and environmental function for a country's economy; and there is competition for space.
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop on integrating functions
Electrification of offshore platforms is a proven option in the North Sea to decrease emissions and feed other future activities with clean energy. It can be an important stepping stone for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and power-to-hydrogen. Connecting offshore wind areas and the offshore power grid to offshore platforms has not been done so far. However, plans to do so are on the drawing board.
11:15 – 12:00 Workshop on platform electrification
12:00 – 12:30 ON AIR talk-show
CCS as a lifeline for reaching Paris
Carbon capture and storage is an important mitigation measure in future climate plans for many North Sea countries. CO2 storage is already taking place in the North Sea and the storage potential in offshore depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs and aquifers is vast. CCUS projects, plans and scenarios are being developed to unlock this potential and contribute in reaching Paris. But not without some challenges.
13:00 – 13:45 Workshop on CCS
13:45 – 14:15 ON AIR talk-show
Hydrogen – the holy grail for transmission
Hydrogen has serious advantages over electrons when considering transport and storage of energy.
14:30 – 15:15 Workshop on hydrogen
15:15 – 15:45 ON AIR talk-show
System integration across borders
North Sea countries face mostly the same challenges. The offshore challenge of deploying vast amounts of wind energy, decommissioning offshore infrastructure for oil and gas, finding synergy between the societal, economic and ecological functions that have their spatial claim on the North Sea. It is important to understand how collaboration on this point is taking place right now and is being shaped for the future. This closing part will focus on collaboration on offshore system integration across borders to remove hurdles and increase the pace.
16:00 – 16:30 ON AIR talk-show
Wednesday 24 October: Explore. Inspire. Transform.
The second day at Community Square features five topical talk-shows for the offshore industry.
Work hard. Play fair. Incorporating sustainability in policy, strategy and behavior.10:30 11:00
How can you promote a sustainability culture in your organization? How can you communicate effectively to engage millennials in the energy transition? How can the costs of the energy transition be distributed fairly across society? Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio, discusses these and other questions on how to manage change in support of environmental, economic and social sustainability. This talk-show will be livestreamed on OffshoreEnergyToday.com.
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Can decommissioning ever be agile?12:30 - 13:00
On the North Sea alone hundreds of platforms and thousands of subsea wells need to be decommissioned. Not surprisingly operators and service providers preparing for this wave in decommissioning, focus very much on cost reductions. Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio and his guests will talk about the biggest barriers and the most promising solutions they see. The ultimate question he will look to answer is whether decommissioning operations can ever be agile.
Soft Brexit, hard Brexit, no deal. What's the deal for the offshore industry?
13:45 - 14:15
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Sharing or protecting patents – what speeds up innovation?
15:15 - 15:45
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Explore. Inspire. Transform. Young professionals in the spotlight.
16:00 - 16:30
Have I got Offshore News for You? Test your knowledge of the industry news of 2018!16:30 - 17:00
Offshore Energy 2018 launches the Have I Got Offshore News for You quiz, loosely based on the BBC television program Have I Got News for You that has been running since 1990. Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio, challenges you to test your knowledge of what has been in the news this year.