Community Square

Community Square

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
The workshop will focus on multiple use of space for the different functions of the North Sea. The workshop participants will have digital maps at their fingertips to become familiar with the challenges and come up with their own creative solutions for the North Sea future. The focus will be on the Dutch continental shelf, but the exercise will allow to look across the border.


Platform electrification

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
The workshop on platform electrification will bring the participants new insights on existing plans for platform electrification. Their knowledge is used and broadened by devising scenarios and plans to create an offshore power grid that can benefit both offshore wind and offshore electrification of oil and gas platforms.

12:00 – 12:30 ON AIR talk-show
Maarten Bouwhuis will interview experts on platform electrification. This talk-show will be livestreamed on


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
The workshop on CCS will show you the existing CCUS plans, projects and scenarios for the North Sea. With interactive online maps the workshop participants can review these future activities and sketch their own futures. Re-use of existing offshore infrastructure for transport and storage of CO2 is at the core of this workshop.

13:45 – 14:15 ON AIR talk-show
Maarten Bouwhuis will interview experts on CCS. This talk-show will be livestreamed on


Hydrogen – the holy grail for transmission

Hydrogen has serious advantages over electrons when considering transport and storage of energy.
Strong offshore wind deployment in the North Sea has the challenge that new landing points are difficult to realize and that in periods of high wind electricity production the onshore grid cannot cope with the high volumes, i.e. grid congestion. This already may become a serious issue before 2030. Offshore electricity conversion to hydrogen and transport via (existing) pipelines may form a serious alternative to transport via power cables.

14:30 – 15:15 Workshop on hydrogen
The workshop will focus on the offshore production, transport and storage of hydrogen and the endeavor to look for serious synergies between the existing oil & gas infrastructure and that of offshore wind. Interactive maps will help the participants on their way to design their offshore hydrogen infrastructure of the future.

15:15 – 15:45 ON AIR talk-show
Maarten Bouwhuis will interview experts on hydrogen. This talk-show will be livestreamed on


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
Maarten Bouwhuis will interview experts on cross border system integration. This talk-show will be livestreamed on


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

With contributions from:

  • Aldo Scopetti, HSSE-Q Manager, Rosetti Marino SPA
  • Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
  • Jeroen Overduin, Senior Marketing Communications Advisor, Siemens / TransitieCoalitie


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.

With contributions from:

  • Jacqueline Vaessen, General Manager, Nexstep
  • John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea
  • Vincent Thönissen, Manager Fleet Improvements, Ampelmann, Innovation Department
  • Anthony Fievez, Business Development Manager, Heerema Marine Contractors


Soft Brexit, hard Brexit, no deal. What's the deal for the offshore industry?

13:45 - 14:15
The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union at midnight Central European Time on Friday, 29 March 2019. The outcomes of negotiations in the last quarter of 2018 will be crucial for how the UK will leave the EU. Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio, will talk with his guests about the different scenarios for Brexit and what each would mean for trade and operations in the offshore oil, gas and wind industry.

With contributions from:

  • Gareth Wynn, Stakeholder and Communications director, Oil and Gas UK
  • Simon Gray, CEO, EEEGR (East of England Energy Group)


Sharing or protecting patents – what speeds up innovation?

15:15 - 15:45
Innovation, both by established companies and by startups, drives the industry forward but the jury is out on what is more beneficial for innovation; sharing your inventions or building a wall around it. In this talk-show Maarten Bouwhuis, BNR Nieuwsradio, speaks with experts that have experience with both ends of the spectrum: from fiercely protecting patents held by mature firms to openly sharing knowledge. Maarten will ask two startups about their path from invention to market.

With contributions from:

  • Ruben Rodrigues, Attorney, Foley and Lardner
  • Seriena Bal, Managing Director, Buccaneer
  • Daniel Buhagiar, Senior Research Engineer, FLASC
  • Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst, Founder, SKOON


Explore. Inspire. Transform. Young professionals in the spotlight.

16:00 - 16:30
For over a decade, Offshore Energy positions itself as Your Platform for the Future, both for your company, your business and for you personally. This year we step up our attention for new talents in industry and the last talk-show at OEEC 2018 puts them in the spotlight. Maarten Bouwhuis talks to young talents with different backgrounds about their work, their ambitions and their drivers. Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, de facto patron of the YP Hub, is invited to share his views on the importance of enabling young talents to become future leaders.

  • Jan-Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO, EBN
  • Jeroen van Roosmalen, Sales Manager for Large Cylinders, Bosch Rexroth
  • Marius Ottolini, Installation Engineer, Heerema Marine Contractors (nominee Young Engineer Award)
  • Pranshu Singhal, Student Petroleum Engineering, Delft University of Technology


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.


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