Clean Energy and the Oil & Gas Sector

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

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Course objectives – is this for you?

This course is intended for those in business, commercial and strategically focused roles within the oil and gas sectors, including those responsible for environmental matters, sustainability and business development planning.

You will leave with a clearly explained and independent perspective on how low-carbon policies are transforming the energy landscape, with a focus on how renewable power and electrification threaten oil and gas demand. You want to understand where in the energy system the changes are most significant and evaluate how oil & gas companies are responding, learning from illustrations and examples taken from a global perspective. You want to identify new business opportunities, through which you can become part of the solution to the clean energy transition, not simply one of its victims.


Session 1: Electrification & Fossil Fuel Demand Risks

A clear explainer, for business people, of the role of electrification and renewable power growth in the disruption of the energy system status quo.

Renewable power & fossil fuel substitution

  • Reviewing and evaluating decarbonisation policies

  • Understanding the pace of change: renewable power growth & cost reduction

  • Is electricity ‘the new oil’? (reducing fuel demand within transport and heat)

  • Examples of evolving company strategies in the oil & gas sector, including key drivers

  • Discussing the forecasts and deciding factors for peak oil and gas

What are the limits to electrification?

  • Separating fact from fiction in renewable power scepticism

  • Examining the policy drivers beyond decarbonisation, including industrial strategies

  • Which sectors can be described as ‘hard to decarbonise’ (and why)?

  • ‘Sector coupling’ and its importance (example: the new ‘integrated energy strategy’ in Europe)

  • Examples of oil & gas sector diversification, through strategic clean energy acquisitions

Session 2: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Most published ‘net-zero’ and 100% clean energy pathways include a key role for the capture and storage of greenhouse gases, a process in which oil and gas companies could hold some unique competitive advantages.

CCS technology, status and project examples

  • Capturing carbon: technologies, efficiencies, and costs

  • Transporting carbon: options and infrastructure

  • Storing carbon: options, including emerging innovation

  • CCUS: examples of ‘utilisation’ as an additional alternative to (or source of) storage

  • Reviewing current carbon capture and storage worldwide: scale, locations and applications

Economics, policy and growth

  • Upcoming and recently announced CCS projects, including links with clean hydrogen

  • Industrial clustering and integrated ‘hydrogen valleys’ with CCS

  • Reviewing the policy status of CCS/CCUS

  • Carbon pricing or other policy options for driving CCS adoption

  • Examining issues of deliverability and deployment: what are the practical barriers?

Session 3: Applying Oil & Gas Sector Expertise to Clean Power Problems

With the emphasis on presenting examples from around the world, this is an up-to-the-minute briefing of how the oil & gas sector is embracing change.

Working at depth, working with fuels

  • Utilising precision drilling expertise to disrupt geothermal power

  • From emitters to sequesters: the big carbon storage opportunity

  • The clean hydrogen production opportunity: both above and below ground

  • Clean fuel pathways, including ammonia and synfuels for challenging transport segments

  • Other and emerging examples

Working at sea, working at scale

  • Reviewing the offshore energy opportunity: scope, growth, strategy and policy

  • Oil & gas companies in offshore wind projects

  • Bringing innovation to offshore energy projects, including linkage to clean fuels

  • Oil & gas companies in other large-scale renewable power projects, including solar

  • Other and emerging examples

Session 4: Assessing Risks and Opportunities for the Oil & Gas Sector

Once again illustrated with examples from around the world, an up-to-the-minute briefing on the role of clean energy technologies in reducing risk and maximising value for oil & gas operations and assets.

Cleaning up operations and extending the life of oil & gas supply chains

  • Using clean energy technology to clean-up upstream oil and gas production

  • Opportunities for infrastructure re-use in declining fields and in fuels transport & distribution

  • Decarbonising downstream operations such as refining

  • Redefining retail and customer-facing operations, such as energy sales and fuel stations

  • Other and emerging examples

Being ‘part of the solution’

  • Reviewing the new energy value chain and competitive dynamics

  • How to approach risk and opportunity mapping

  • Timescales and forecasts for ‘100% renewable’ and ‘net-zero’ economies

  • Examining issues of behavioural and business cultural change

  • Summary: determining a strategic approach to business diversification

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