The energy industry stands at the outset of a significant transition as it has the opportunity to reinvent itself and bring the unrivalled skills that upstream oil and gas has in project management and engineering in hostile environments to bear on addressing the challenge of climate change and emissions reduction. In the UK, I chair the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Upstream Oil and Gas Committee, which is looking at ways the industry can achieve this transition, how it can continue to use its skills for the benefit of society as a whole, how it can publicise the opportunities to make meaningful change, and how it can measure progress towards a more sustainable future. For the Society of Petroleum Engineers, I am leading efforts to create a community, and a future Technical Section, dedicated to geothermal energy and how companies and individuals can transition from oil and gas to this clean energy source.
I’m especially interested in geothermal energy as help to build Hephae Energy Technology – a new company set up to develop the high temperature drilling solutions the geothermal industry will require to scale.
Contact me if you want to discuss the energy transition.