Opening General Session
Focus on the Future: A Global Perspective on Offshore Energy
Monday, 16 August 2021 | 0900–1030 CDT (UTC-5) | NRG Center, Level 2, Room 300
The U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties stated its number one objective to “secure global net-zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.” Consistent with that objective, nations and companies around the world have established net-zero goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a special report earlier this year entitled “Net Zero by 2050”. Under this scenario of achieving net-zero emissions, the IEA concludes that “no exploration for new resources is required and, other than field already approved for development, no new oil fields are necessary.” It should be emphasized that this is one potential pathway and the global energy future remains highly uncertain, and it is highly dependent upon market forces, resource availability, deployment of technologies, and governmental policies.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the offshore oil and gas sector is well-positioned for the energy transition. No matter the scenario, the global economy will depend upon oil and gas to provide the energy that is essential for society. The offshore industry is a source of innovation and new technologies that will help drive decarbonization efforts while providing the abundant, affordable and reliable energy the global economy will rely upon for a high quality of life. Time and time again, offshore has elevated our understanding of what is possible, and the carbon and climate challenges of today will be no different.
Offshore production can be the energy anchor the world needs. Multi-billion-dollar offshore projects produce massive amounts of oil and natural for decades. Advances in technology means offshore fields are producing even more for even longer. New seismic technology, better and smarter subsea tiebacks, and other infrastructure are opening the door to a new era of productivity and efficiency.
Offshore progress means the industry can be a source of stability and optimism as the world strives to solve climate and emission challenges. The offshore produces a vast amount of energy with an incredibly small environmental footprint with low emissions. Perhaps most importantly, offshore oil and gas production provides among the lowest carbon barrels when compared to the other producing regions of the world. Considering the reality of continued oil and gas demand for decades to come, the offshore sector stands out as what should be the region of choice for global oil and gas production.
Furthermore, the offshore oil and gas sector will be a key player in the development and deployment of emerging, low-carbon energy sources. Whether it is the build-out of new offshore wind projects, developing CO₂ storage facilities, finding new ways to produce hydrogen, or optimizing logistics and operations to reduce the carbon footprint, the offshore energy industry and its full supply chain is at the forefront of energy solutions and emission reductions. Our panelists will discuss the energy transition and how the industry and respective companies are driving ahead to provide low carbon oil and gas resources, continue to achieve emissions reductions from all operations, and invest in new, emerging energy opportunities.
Erik Milito, President, The National Ocean Industries Association
Erik Milito is the president of the National Ocean Industries Association, representing the interests of the offshore oil and gas and wind industries. Erik has extensive experience in implementing strategic outreach and public relations platforms for high-profile issues on behalf of the energy industry. He is a spokesperson and lobbyist for the industry, testifying before Congress and appearing on major news outlets on key energy issues on numerous occasions.
Erik arrived at NOIA in November 2019 after serving for 17 years at the American Petroleum Institute (API), including roles as Vice President, Upstream and Industry Operations and Managing Counsel. From 2000 to 2002, Erik served as an attorney in the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate from 1995 to 2000 and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2000-2004, before resigning at the rank of Major. Erik holds a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Erik is originally from Natrona, Pennsylvania, and he and his wife Beth now live in Alexandria, VA with their four children, Will, Helen, Evie, and Jake.
Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Drilling
As the company responsible for delivering comprehensive drilling and well-completion services for ADNOC Group, Mr. Al Seiari oversees ADNOC Drilling’s operations in the onshore and offshore sites that stretch across the entire Abu Dhabi emirate.
In a time of considerable growth and expansion for the company, Mr. Al Seiari, in his capacity, drives efficiency maximization and performance optimization strategies to ensure ADNOC Drilling’s competitive edge is upheld as it supports the Group in unlocking Abu Dhabi’s conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources.
Dedicating his entire career to ADNOC, Mr. Al Seiari began as a Drilling Engineer at ADNOC Onshore, progressing to several other senior appointments before moving to ADNOC Drilling, from 2000 to 2016. After this and prior to his current role, Mr. Al Seiari held the position of Senior Vice President of Drilling Operations at ADNOC Onshore, where he was responsible for managing the drilling operations, conducted by ADNOC Drilling, of 66 Onshore rigs and 10 Onshore water well rigs.
Among his many major achievements for ADNOC Group, Mr. Al Seiari was a key player in the establishment of the UAE National Apprentice program for high school graduates, which is currently a major source of supply of UAE national talent for the Group; he helped set up the drilling school in 2005 which latterly grew into the Drilling Training Center; and he introduced the major cost-optimizing ‘rig crew camp centralization’ concept.
Mr. Al Seiari holds a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
Amy Bowe, Head of Carbon Research, Wood Mackenzie
Amy Bowe has 17 years of experience covering the energy industry, with a strong focus on climate risk and strategy.
Amy heads Wood Mackenzie’s newly created Carbon Research practice. In this role, she is responsible for developing new carbon-related products and offerings and ensuring consistency of approach to climate-related analysis across all sectors and value chains.
Prior to her current role, Amy spent eight years with Wood Mackenzie’s Consulting team, where she originated and co-led the development of Wood Mackenzie’s Carbon Benchmarking initiative. She also led the Consulting team’s broader Carbon offering, including energy transition strategy development, lifecycle emissions analysis of portfolios and investments, and scenario analysis for purposes of TCFD disclosure.
Before Wood Mackenzie, Amy spent four years at Hess Corp., the majority of which time she worked as a member of Hess’ Corporate Strategy team. In that role, she conducted long-term supply and demand analyses of oil, gas, and broader primary energy trends, and helped to develop the company’s climate change strategy. Amy has also worked as a Senior Oil Analyst for PIRA Energy, an Analyst with PFC Energy’s Upstream Competition Service, and an Analyst with Ziff Brothers Investments’ energy sector team in New York.
Amy holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in Communication, French, and Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea, TechnipFMC
Jon has global responsibility for TechnipFMC’s Subsea business.
Jon was previously Senior Vice President for all Commercial and Front-End Engineering activities. Before that, he was President North America for TechnipFMC Subsea. Prior to the 2017 merger of Technip and FMC Technologies, he was General Manager, North America for FMC Technologies’ Subsea business, and held General Manager roles in FMC Technologies’ Fluid Control and Material Handling & Blending business units.
Prior to joining FMC Technologies in 2012, Jon held a number of senior-level leadership roles in Product Line Management, Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Services at IMI plc, Dresser Waukesha, GE, and Caterpillar.
Jon has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector. He received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University. In 2011, Jon received the ABE Outstanding Alumni award from Purdue University. Jon serves on the Board and Executive Committee for NOIA (National Ocean Industries Association), and previously served on the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team.
Bill Langin, SVP – Deepwater Exploration, Shell
Bill Langin is a globally-experienced leader with proven delivery across integrated value chains, having led teams spanning early growth and exploration activities, major capital project delivery, and day-to-day operations. Those experiences have brought partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including the US and foreign governments, NGOs, technology partners, and contractors ranging from major industrial engineering and construction firms to small, local businesses. The intent of creating shared value and a deep focus on enabling every individual to perform at their best has resulted in safe project execution and robust operational performance that ultimately delivers impactful bottom-line results for Shell, our partners, and our shareholders.
Bill began his career in the energy industry with Shell in 2003 and has made significant contributions across numerous global businesses, operational and geological settings, and throughout the industry lifecycle. Bill joined Shell as an exploration geophysicist to evaluate opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico, and later, Brazil. In 2010, Bill shifted his attention to the onshore, first embedded in the Appalachia asset and later overseeing Shell’s exploration efforts across the onshore United States. Bill moved to Oman in 2014 to serve as Exploration Manager for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Shell’s joint venture with the government of Oman. With the Shell – British Gas (BG) merger in 2016, Bill had the opportunity to play a key role in the integration of Queensland Gas Company (QGC) into the Shell portfolio as the General Manager for the Upstream business at QGC in Brisbane, Australia. On March 1, 2020, Bill assumed the role of Vice President Exploration – North America and Brazil and was accountable for the safe delivery of exploration programs in the U.S. and Mexican Gulf of Mexico as well as Brazil. With the completion of Shell’s corporate reorganization, Bill has been named to the role of Senior Vice President – Deepwater Exploration starting August of 2021.
Bill is active in broader industry efforts through the National Offshore Industries Association where he sits on the Board of Directors and is chairman of the ESG Committee. He also serves on the advisory boards for The University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences and the Rice University Professional Master’s program.
Bill grew up in northern Pennsylvania. He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences from Princeton University in 1999 and a PhD in Geophysics from Cornell University in 2003. Bill is married to Jennifer and they have two children, Tyler and Trace.