2022 Tech Talks Series, Part One

Sustainable operations: How to optimise new and existing assets for future life

Join us for our two-part weekly series commencing Wednesday 23rd February 2022 where we will discuss key aspects for consideration, in new and existing assets, to make them future ready for tomorrow. In part one we will examine the offshore industry and part two, onshore developments.

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What you can learn in Part One

From research and feasibility studies to project execution we are supporting clients globally, both onshore and offshore, on their pathway to net zero and understand the crucial balance between conventional and low carbon operations.

What you’ll learn:

  • Robust tools for evaluating field life and optimum roadmap to meet GHG emissions reduction targets
  • How to effectively manage the potential risk to an offshore structure, new or ageing, during a forecasted storm
  • Implementation of process safety in offshore wind
  • Innovative design tools that allow for faster and more efficient designs providing a level of optimisation and reduction in development costs
  • The design of deepwater floating substations

Each session will comprise of a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A.

How to Register: All sessions are free to attend, and registration is a simple process. Simply click on the registration link for your preferred event below or if you wish to attend all events please email [email protected] who would be happy to help.

Note: All sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

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2022 Tech Talk Series Sessions

The event programme

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 | 10:30 - 11:00am GMT | Roadmap to Quick and Effective Asset Decarbonisation
Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 10.30 – 11.00am GMT

To ensure regulatory compliance, oil & gas operators will have to take steps to reduce GHG emissions from their facilities and optimise them for a sustainable future.

This session will focus on the offshore oil & gas market, using the UK North Sea as an example, and present the challenges inherent in asset decarbonisation and how our approach can provide an efficient way of robustly evaluating all options over field life, identifying the most viable options and the optimum road map to meet GHG emissions reduction targets.

Presented by:

  • Peter Henderson, Global Technical Authority, Process Engineering, Kent
  • Carinne Plantin, Principal Process Engineer, Engineering & Consulting, Kent

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Wednesday 2nd March 2022 | 10:30 - 11:00am GMT | Structures – Ageing Assets to Decommissioning – Risk in a Storm JIP Update
Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 10.30 – 11.00am GMT

From new operating assets to those going through decommissioning, understanding the risk to the structure for a forecasted storm is critical. Emergency responses such as evacuation, shut-in, halting maintenance or making an asset safe can be a costly exercise and can potentially create greater safety issues if enacted too often.

In this session we will present the Risk in a Storm JIP which uses an Ensemble Prediction System detailing how this risk is being managed more effectively benefiting ageing assets and decommissioning projects in all regions.

Presented by:

  • Mohamed Atia, Asset Integrity Team Leader, Engineering & Consulting, Kent
  • Neil Cuthbert, Principal Engineer, Engineering & Consulting, Kent
  • Eric Hoo, Senior Structural Consultant and APAC Asset Integrity Lead, Engineering & Consulting, Kent

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Wednesday 9th March | 14:30 - 15:00pm GMT | Process Safety Management in the Offshore Wind Industry
Wednesday 9th March 14.30 – 15.00pm GMT

In recent years, there has been significant growth in the offshore wind industry, and this shows no signs of slowing down. With this huge potential also comes huge responsibility. The responsibility to design and operate assets to the highest safety standards. Whilst occupational safety is always considered, what about process safety? How can the fundamentals of process safety be implemented in offshore renewables?

This presentation will explain how the UK offshore wind industry must adapt to comply with the principles laid out by the UK regulator, and the benefits of this approach for offshore windfarm developments around the world.

Presented by:

  • Heraa Anwar, Senior Engineer, Safety, Engineering & Consulting, Kent
  • Emma Conway, Principal Engineer, Safety, Engineering & Consulting, Kent

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Wednesday 16th March | 14:30 - 15:00pm GMT | Smart, effective and efficient offshore wind design
Wednesday 16th March 14.30 – 15.00pm GMT

As the offshore wind industry has grown in size and complexity, so too has the design of windfarms and foundations. For the past 20 years, Kent have been at the forefront - designing some of the pioneering, largest or most challenging foundations along the way.

In this session, we will present a new generation of tools that allows designs to be undertaken faster and more efficiently. From instant evaluation of changes in windfarm layout concepts through to advanced automation processes to speed up and refine design iterations, find out how these innovative design tools are supporting faster and more efficient designs providing a level of optimisation, saving thousands of tonnes of steel and bringing down the overall cost of developments.

Presented by:

  • David Howie, Principal Engineer, Engineering & Consulting, Kent

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Wednesday 23rd March | 14:30 - 15:00pm GMT | Addressing the challenges of floating offshore substations using multi-objective design optimisation
Wednesday 23rd March, 14.30 – 15.00pm GMT

The growth in floating offshore wind farms, especially in deep waters, brings with it some unique challenges that need to be addressed before these commercial scale projects can become reality – the transmission of renewable power to shore!

In this session, we will present recent research and developments on the design of floating substations required to support deep-water floating wind farms and the application of Multi-Objective Optimisation techniques to streamline the early-stage design of these key components.

Presented by:

  • Ed Unwin, Senior Naval Architect, Engineering and Consulting, Kent
  • Robin O’Connell, Senior Naval Architect & Team Lead, Engineering and Consulting, Kent

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Our Engineering & Consulting experts

Meet our speakers

Peter a fully qualified, chartered Process Engineer and is the Global Process Technical Authority for Kent, providing technical assurance to projects and studies to ensure client objectives are met and setting the technical direction of Kent’s process engineering teams worldwide.
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Peter Henderson
Process Engineering - Global Technical Authority
Carinne is a principal process engineer with 21 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry both offshore and onshore and is the Gas Processing Subject Matter Expert at Kent.
Plantin Carinne
Carinne Plantin
Principal Process Engineer
Mohamed is a Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng MIMarEST) with over 15 years’ experience in the integrity of offshore structures. He is a Subject Matter Expert in Linear and Dynamic assessment of offshore structures and leads Kent’s Asset Integrity team in the Middle East supporting the integrity of most of the offshore structures in the UAE, as well as structures across the globe.
Mohamed Atia
Mohamed Atia
Asset Integrity Team Leader, Middle East
Neil is a chartered civil engineer with over ten years’ experience in offshore structural engineering. He is focused on delivering a variety of structural engineering design and consultancy studies for a number of key clients. His most recent focus has been supporting clients with large and technically challenging decommissioning projects.
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Neil Cuthbert
Principal Engineer
Eric Hoo is a Senior Structural Consultant and the Structural Integrity Lead for Kent in the Asia Pacific Region. Eric has over 15 years of experience in advanced structural assessment and structural integrity management for offshore fixed and floating facilities. The majority of Eric’s experience has been in the offshore Oil and Gas sector supporting Clients in the NWS of Australia, the Browse Basin, and The North Sea. His recent focus includes the implementation of practical methods to quantify structural risk to understand overall structural reliability and also to optimise and target structural inspection & maintenance planning. These methods expand to online structural monitoring to support and optimise operational decision making. Eric Leads a team of 15 engineers, naval architects and experts who have earned a reputation for innovative Integrity Management, advanced analysis and technical problem solving for ageing facilities.
Eric Hoo
Eric Hoo
Senior Structural Consultant, Asset Integrity Lead
Heraa is a chartered safety engineer with a decade of experience in a range of high hazard industries. She has been involved in a range of safety studies including QRAs, fire & gas explosion analysis and escape, evacuation and rescue analysis. Most recently, Heraa has supported a major developer in the Offshore Wind market on longterm secondment as an offshore safety engineer providing support to a range of packages, including cables and offshore substation.
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Heraa Anwar
Senior Engineer, Safety
Emma is a Principal Engineer within the Kent Safety Team and has over 23 years’ experience in process safety management and major hazards risk assessment, working in a range of high hazard industries including on and offshore oil and gas, petrochemicals, low carbon, nuclear, whisky, rail and energy storage.
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Emma Conway
Principal Engineer, Safety
David is a Principal Engineer with a decade’s experience in the offshore wind industry, primarily in offshore substation and WTG design projects. He is Kent’s technical focal point for Offshore Wind Structures, working with the Technical Authority and wider technical community to support delivery on projects and the development of capability.
David Howie
David Howie
Principal Engineer
Ed is a Senior Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with wide ranging experience in the offshore sector. He is involved in a range of design and consultancy service and has led numerous specialist hydrodynamic and mooring analyses in the Offshore Renewables, Oil & Gas, and Maritime sectors.
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Ed Unwin
Senior Naval Architect
Robin is a chartered Naval Architect and Team Lead with experience in the design and assessment of fixed and floating offshore structures. He has experience in large scale design projects in the concept and FEED stages as well as many smaller consultancy and integrity projects on existing assets.
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Robin O'Connell
Senior Naval Architect & Team Lead
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