Get Ready for the Energy Transformation Challenge

Get Ready for the Energy Transformation Challenge

There is just under a month to go before The energy transformation challenge, BCECA’s second virtual annual conference which opens at 09:30 GMT on Wednesday 5 October 2022.
UK based engineering contractors, their customers, suppliers, and partners will come together for the free online event that will take a broad look at the political, economic, and technical implications of achieving ‘Net Zero’ by 2050, before drilling down to the hard nosed practicalities of making it happen on the ground.
The conference features two scene-setting keynotes exploring different perspectives of the energy transformation challenge. The Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, one of the most knowledgeable speakers on energy matters in the UK parliament, will open the conversation with a view on government policy present and future. Later in the day, HyNet Project Manager, David Walker, will report on the latest developments on a flagship carbon capture and storage and low-carbon hydrogen production project in North West England, which is projected to deliver 3TWh of low-carbon hydrogen as early as 2025.
The fully interactive conference also includes panel sessions examining the finance and skill supply complexities that must be addrressed on the road to net zero. In the afternoon, the meeting will take a detailed look at lessons learned and knowledge gained from a broad range of decarbonisation projects spanning hydrogen production, sustainable jet fuels and the upgrading of fossil fuel intensive assets. Routes to securing design excellence through seamless chain collaboration, effective communication and workforce diversity and flexibility will feature prominently in the conversation.

The full list of scheduled speakers include:

▪ Shruti Aggarwal, Aker
▪ Karen Blanc, Kent
▪ Frazer Budd, McDermott
▪ Jonathan Carpenter, Petrofac
▪ Micheal Czarnecki, Petrofac
▪ Paul Dicken, Fluor
▪ James Fibbens, Bechtel
▪ Neil Golding, The Energy Industries Council
▪ Neville Hargreaves, Velocys
▪ Rudi Havenga, Worley
▪ Richard Hull, HydrogenOne Capital LLP
▪ Adish Jain, Fluor
▪ Chris Mullins, Wood
▪ Caroline Nokes MP
▪ Cem Orkeli, Societe Generale
▪ Sarah Shakespear, North Sea Transition Authority
▪ Tracey Shelley, BCECA
▪ Mark Stanton, Fluor and BCECA Chair
▪ Roger Sturgeon, ABB
▪ David Walker, Hynet UK
▪ James Watt, WSP
▪ Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Energy Minister
▪ Jenny Young, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

Conference programme chair, Malcolm Crawford said: “BCECA is very conscious of the massive task facing engineering contractors. The word “transition” sounds like an understatement, whereas what is really needed is a structural “transformation” of our energy systems on a scale not witnessed since the industrial revolution. We’ve put together a programme that explores the magnitude of the task.”
BCECA conference director, Tracey Shelley said: “We are expecting a full house for a day of analysis and dialogue around what is arguably the biggest challenge of modern times – a challenge that UK based engineering contractors will play a critical part in resolving. Come and join the conversation.”
Places are limited, but the conference is free to attend thanks to the generous support and assistance of: Fluor Corporation, Kent, Aker Solutions, Bechtel Oil, Gas, & Chemicals, ECITB, Johnson Matthey, the Kingsfield Academy, EIC (Energy Industries Council), and the Tank Storage Association.


Registration is open now at


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