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This is our 2020 – a year of change and transformation
Colette Cohen OBE
Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for The Net Zero Technology Centre and has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years. Colette successfully launched The Centre in 2017 and has established it as the ‘go to’ technology centre for the industry. Since starting her career offshore with bp in 1991, Colette has worked for ConocoPhillips in the North Sea, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan, where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the centre, she was Senior Vice President for Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands.
Colette has previously served on the board of Offshore Energies UK and the OGA Decommissioning Board. She currently sits on the Boards of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation Delivery, Deep Ocean, NORECO, Technip Energies and the Technology Leadership Board. She is also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland, an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.
Colette is a chemistry graduate from Queens University Belfast, has a Masters in Project Management and Economics from Ceram University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Institute of Directors.
Well, 2020 wasn’t really what we expected…
It certainly challenged our skills with remote communications (#youreonmute), it also brought a whole new perspective on ‘work life balance’ and a greater appreciation of not only our key workers… but our teaching community. It did give us some great moments, some insights into what we think is really important and perhaps for many of us, what makes us happy.
Watch the video above to learn more about three technologies currently being invested in, that will have an impact in the next 12 months.
With that backdrop, I’d like to thank all of our partners, stakeholders and co-investors in technology who leaned in this year to keep projects on track, get technologies developed and delivered in very difficult circumstances. We couldn’t have kicked off 40 projects, developed 15 field trials or co-invested more than £27M in the last 12 months without you. We also delivered our very first virtual accelerator – 12 new entrepreneurial companies brought together remotely helping to create the next generation of companies to support our industry.
2020 also saw an even clearer focus on our transition to a net zero future, from industry’s commitment to new emissions reductions and Roadmap 2035, to government’s UK Green Recovery Plan, the Energy White Paper, the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan Update, and of course the new 6th Carbon Budget which challenges us all to go further faster. OGTC has been a champion of the energy transition and the transformation of our industry since its inception. This year, in support of that commitment, we pivoted to firmly align our purpose to accelerate the delivery of technology to enable an affordable net zero North Sea. A challenging but exciting future for all of us.
But I’d like to take a moment to reinforce the work that has been done already and in flight. The investment into technology that makes a difference and is already available to deploy, from non-intrusive metering and inspection techniques to digital twins and predictive maintenance technology. You can find out more here.
We also have a new group of technologies currently being invested in which will have an impact in the next 12 months – see the video to give you just a flavour of three of them . These are exciting technologies which will impact our carbon footprint and help accelerate our journey to an affordable net zero North Sea. They include remote methane detection, remote corrosion monitoring and new methods for generating green hydrogen.
As we prepare for a well-earned rest, I’d like to wish you all a very safe festive season. I look forward to 2021 and driving forward with our commitment to deliver a net zero energy future for the UK.
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