05 Sep 2019, 14:30 - 16:30

Room 2b

As the price environment has stabilised, future volatility in the oil and gas markets is the only certainty our industry faces. Many energy companies are looking to modernisation opportunities to disconnect from the commodity cycle. Automation is a key enabler across many industries but is still slow to be adopted in the oil and gas environment. Some of the key benefits of automation include;

1) a step change in safety performance as humans are removed from areas with moving equipment or dropped object potential

2) the effects of human error are mitigated by cognitive computer based decision making – improving both safety and commercial performance

3) ability to provide sustainable cost reductions are improved by reducing human capital which has high variable costs

The foundations of automation technology have been available for decades and there are many publications over a decade old detailing the technology, application and benefits for oil and gas. So why has the technology been slow to have been adopted? And does a higher price environment help or hinder adoption of technology? Hear from a broad range of industry experts discussing the important role of changing our industry. 

Session Managers and Moderators: David Reid, CMO, NOV and Leigh-Ann Russell, Head of Procurement & Supply Chain Management, BP


  • Jon Crane, VP Wells Digital Deployment, Shell
  • Nastassja Hagan, Modernisation Lead, BP
  • Hege Kverneland, CTO, NOV
  • Simen Lieungh, CEO, Oddfjell
  • Geir Tungesvik, Head of Drilling, Equinor


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