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October 14, 2015

Natural Gas – At a Crossroads

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With the Conference of Parties taking place in Paris towards the end of this year, global attention turns once again to what multi-lateral action should be taken to address rising emissions.  The role of energy will be closely scrutinised, with no doubt pressure being bought by many parties to reduce the role of fossil fuels.  However, a balance has to be met between agreeing to binding targets and providing affordable and reliable energy for economic development.  From that perspective, the role gas plays will be critical – many see it as a bridging fuel, a fuel to be used as fully decarbonised systems are developed.  Others see it as a destination fuel, one that must form the backbone of any future energy system.  In addition, the seminar will also feature, as is customary, the annual UK winter gas outlook.


Emma Wild, Head of Upstream O&G Advisory, KPMG

Emma-wild-150x150Emma is an upstream specialist with a background in reservoir engineering.  She has nearly 20 years of international experience within the oil and gas sector, and financial services. Emma is responsible for growing KPMG’s Upstream Advisory Practice focusing on transactions, corporate finance, debt advisory, disputes and strategy.  Prior to KPMG, her industry experience comes from various senior technical and commercial roles at Santos, RISC and HBOS.  Emma graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honors degree in Chemical Engineering, and has and has lived and worked in the U.K, Australia, and the U.S.A.



Professor Nigel Brandon , Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute , Imperial College

Nigel-Brandon160x140Professor Nigel Brandon, OBE FREng, is Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College London, Director of the EPSRC funded Hydrogen and Fuel  Cell Hub, and Co-Director of the Energy Storage Hub.  He is a Panel Member of the Task Force on Shale Gas, and was previously Senior Fellow to the Research Council Energy programme, and Director for the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London.  Prior to joining Imperial College he held research positions with BP and Rolls Royce, and held the Shell Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy at Imperial College from 2005 to 2009. He was awarded the Royal Academy Silver Medal in 2007, the Inst Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2011, and the ASME Francis Bacon medal in 2014.


Robin Smale Director Vivid Economics

robin_smale160x160Robin Smale is an economist who focuses on business and government strategy in resource-based sectors and infrastructure. He specialises in the market-state interface, especially resources management, regulation and behaviour. His main interests are energy, energy-intensive industries, water, fisheries and climate change, to which he applies core expertise in infrastructure regulation, resources management, competition and competitiveness, the behaviour of firms and individuals, and handling risk.

Over the last two decades, he has worked with a large number of companies and government departments across a great range of problems. His commercial clients include firms in the following sectors: oil and gas, power, water, waste, chemicals, paper, glass, rail, aviation, shipping, technology and food. His public clients include national governments, government agencies and regulators, as well as private equity, banks, infrastructure funds, strategic advisory and legal services firms.


Simon Durk,Gas Supply Manager, UK Energy Strategy, National Grid

Simon-Durk150x175Simon Durk is manager of the Gas Supply team in National Grid. The team is responsible for the creation of long term scenarios for UK gas supply for use in National Grid’s planning purposes as published in the Future Energy Scenarios document and for forecasts of gas supply for the coming season. Simon has been involved in a number of gas and electricity demand and supply forecasting roles within National Grid,  and holds a BSc in Chemistry from UCL and a MSc in Operational Research from LSE.



Outline Programme

14.00 Registration
14.15 Welcome and Introduction
 14.20 What happened with Natural Gas in 2015?Presentation and Q&A
Emma Wild, Head of Upstream O&G Advisory, KPMG
15.00 Natural Gas in the UK – A stepping stone or end-point?

  • Professor Nigel Brandon, OBE FrEng, Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, Imperial College
  • Robin Smale, Director, Vivid Economics
15.40 Audience Debate
moderated by Rhodri Owen-Jones, Energy Analyst, Business Environment, Shell
16.00 Tea
16.10 UK Winter Gas Outlook
Presentation and Q&A
Simon Durk, Gas Supply Manager, National Grid
17.10 BIEE AGM
17.30 Refreshments
18.00 Close


Attendees should come to the Tower Reception in the Shell Centre ( entrance opposite the London Eye) with their regisration confirmation. Photo ID will be required by Shell reception to gain admission to this meeting. The meeting will be held in the Ivory room
Registration is from 14.00 , the meeting starts  at 14.15  and finishes at 17.30. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. 



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