Cleaner, Safer, Smarter

May 23, 2019 | London, England
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Exploring the Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

As we strive to make oil and gas production cleaner, safer, smarter, and more secure, the only way forward is to adapt the disruptive technologies reshaping our industry. More automation and intelligence are already creating significant efficiency gains and improved safety in all steps of the value chain in the industry.

Digital Technology

Digital technology offers an increasing degree of intelligence to all kinds of energy suppliers and consumers. By collecting data and knowing how to analyze it, we can translate huge quantities of information into better operational decisions, and we can do it faster. Digitalization is creating new opportunities to couple the many different elements of the energy landscape, even across sectors, and optimally exploit the advantages of each.


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Join us for an afternoon of interactive presentations and discussions about the cultural change affecting the industry, what scalable technologies are available to start your digital transition, how to apply those technologies in a cybersecure environment, the role of the oil and gas industry in a decarbonized economy, and the new business models needed to transition into the energy policies for 2050.

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Event overview

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 


Where: The Crystal, London


Time: 12:00 - 6:00, followed by a cocktail reception 


12:00 | Welcome and Registration 


12:45 | Introduction


1:00 | Keynote 

Digitalization: From Acceptance to Application

Cornelia Meyer, Chairman & CEO MRL Corporation, Chairman & Chief Economist LBV Asset Management


1:20 | Panel Discussion 

Cultural Change in the Oil and Gas Industry

Moderator: Faye Bowser, Head of Distributed Energy Systems, Siemens UK



  • Anthony Geraghty, Operational Excellence, Worley Parsons
  • Andy Howell, CEO, KBC
  • Dennis Warnecke, Partner, Vice President Siemens Management Consulting
  • Stephen Ashley, Digital Solution Centre Manager, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
  • Dean Watson, COO, Aker Solutions 

2:00 - 4:30 | Workshop Session Breakouts 


4:45 - 6:00 | Conclusion & Wrap Up


6:00 | Oil and Gas Council & Siemens Networking Event 


Workshop sessions

  • Technology can provide operational insight at a new level, enhance how operators produce and refine crude oil, increase process automation and operational efficiency, and even optimize business activities, such as how companies market their products
  • Where do major benefits lie in terms of exploration and production
  • What are some of the financial solutions to make this a reality for any company
  • Digital Twin enablement without disruption to existing physical or virtual environment
  • Replacing disconnected/manual workflows with digital processes
  • Have better insights from your data to leverage enormous savings potentials
  • How to create value around the digital twin with data conditioning and single source of truth 
  • How the addition of machine learning & IoT tech will bring advancements in data collection and analysis to leverage digital twins
  • What are the practical benefits to expect and the advantages of early application
  • What tools are available to meet evolving needs of unconventional oil and gas operators, service providers and integrators
  • How to power operations in remote environments, meet environmental regulations, and manage E&P costs
  • Opportunities to monetize marginal fields and secure the energy mix
  • How to monetarize flare gas
  • What’s the financial, environmental, practical solution
  • Compression, electricity generation
  • Energy Storage Systems: eFerries, Wind Parks
  • Converting Flare Gas for energy use in remote areas
  • Siemens Hydrogen Gas Turbines for our sustainable future

Panelist Bios

Stephen Ashley

As Manager of our Digital Transformation Solution Centre, Stephen leads a team focused on identifying, developing and deploying advanced and integrated digital solutions that can transform the oil and gas industry. A Geo-scientist by background, Stephen has over 30 years of worldwide industry experience having held various operational, technical and leadership positions with operators and service companies. In his last role Stephen was the business unit CIO for Maersk Oil in Qatar, responsible for delivering and operating safe, efficient, secure and reliable Infrastructure, technical computing, and data services while looking for opportunities to drive additional value from technology. 

Andrew Howell

Andy is responsible for KBC’s overall business and is a member of Yokogawa’s global executive team. He also heads KBC’s global products business. He is based in London, UK. As CEO, Andy led KBC through its acquisition by Yokogawa and the delisting on the UK AIM exchange. Prior to that, he managed KBC's technology business. He started his career with BP Exploration in the UK, after which he joined Hyprotech where he managed technology development. Following acquisition by Aspentech, he moved to Schlumberger, holding senior management positions related to oil and gas development and production. Andy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK. In his spare time, Andy can be found cruising on one of his collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Tony Geraghty

Tony started his career in the UK Nuclear Industry after leaving University in 1986. It was here he was first introduced to the pioneering techniques of the airline industry to challenge the accepted wisdom around the derivation of maintenance and reliability strategies and the crucial role played by Human Factors.


Since leaving the Nuclear Industry in 1990, Tony has led implementations of these methods in a broad range of capital intensive industries including Up, Mid and Downstream Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Power Generation, Distribution and Supply, Food & Drink, Automotive, Defence and Gas and Water Utilities.


Tony joined in Advisian, the Consultancy arm of WorleyParsons, in 2015 and is responsible for the Business Development for the Business & Operations Consulting Practice. His lattest Client is the World’s largest Offshore Windfarm currently under construction in the North Sea.

Cornelia Meyer

Cornelia Meyer is a business consultant, macro-economist, energy expert and media commentator. She is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MRL Corporation and Chairman and Chief Economist of LBV Asset Management. MRL advises a multitude of multilateral organisations and multinational corporations on a wide range of geo-economic issues. Ms Meyer’s experience stretches over five continents as an economist, a financier, adviser, regulator, manufacturer and principal in the energy and other industries.


Cornelia was economic policy adviser to then Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan, Yoshiro Mori. She held several senior positions in investment banking covering Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle for UBS, the ADB and Citigroup. Her industry experience includes GE Energy and BP.


Cornelia held various non-executive board memberships in commercial and not for profit organisations. She also used to chair the business and economic group of a US government funded “Track II” diplomatic mechanism for Middle East Security.


Cornelia is a member of Oxford Energy Policy Club, serves on the Advisory Boards of the Istanbul Finance Summit and Euromoney. She was a member of the World Economic Forum`s Global Agenda Council for Energy Security. The World Economic Forum has subsequently identified her as a thought leader in geo-economics.


Cornelia has a strong media presence, as a commentator and guest presenter on various business and political TV news stations. These include: the BBC, CNN, CNBC Arabia, and Bloomberg. Cornelia regularly contributes her analysis to the BBC and was a regular contributor and identified as thought leader on emerging markets by CNN for their emerging markets programme. Cornelia writes regular columns and Op-Eds for various publications such as Arab News and “Finanz und Wirtschaft”. Cornelia provides the major macroeconomic column for Swiss National Public Radio.


Cornelia was educated at the St.Gallen University, the London School of Economics and Tokyo University.  She speaks seven languages.

Dean Watson

Dean Watson, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Management Team at Aker Solutions. Mr. Watson is accountable for safety and environmental performance, quality and continuous improvement, transformation of the company’s cost efficiency, supply chain, employee welfare and engagement, digital transformation, business continuity and enterprise risk and reputation management, along with the regional business performance.

He is also currently overseeing the Subsea Lifecyle Services business. He joined the company in 2016 and has a wide and global leadership experience. As Chief Operating Officer Mr. Watson embarked at a time that the company was undergoing one of the biggest transformation in its history during the most challenging downturn in the industry.

Previous leadership experience includes Vice President of Operations Integrity Schlumberger (UK), President Schlumberger DTR (US), Vice President Schlumberger Global Deepwater Operations (France) and Vice President Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements (Russia) among others. Through more than 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry Mr. Watson has demonstrated strong leadership and ability to inspire and motivate teams to deliver high performance and results. Mr. Watson is an active member of the IMECHE, IOGP and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Watson holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and has a Finance qualification from IMD, Lausanne Switzerland.

Dennis Warnecke

Dennis is Partner at Siemens Management Consulting (SMC), responsible for Oil and Gas, Mobility and lead for M&A practice. Dennis’ core focus is around managing the ramp-up of Siemens’ IoT unit and developing Siemens-internal and external consulting projects (classic management consulting and IoT projects). Dennis started at Siemens in 1999 at what today is Mobility and has been with Siemens Management Consulting since 2007. During this time, he has led amongst others the Dresser-Rand post-merger integration, managed the global reorganisation of Wind Power, and worked to develop the first internal IoT projects in Siemens Mobility and Oil and Gas business units. Dennis has a PhD in Entrepreneurship from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and a Master in international Business Administration from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Babson College, USA.

Directions to the Venue

The Crystal is on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Docks in East London and is well served by public transport.


By Underground and Docklands Light Railway(DLR)

The nearest station to the Centre is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the Crystal.


From Central London, take the eastbound Jubilee Line andchange onto the DLR at Canning Town taking the Beckton line. Royal Victoria Station is the first stop. Alternatively, several London Underground lines also connect to the DLR at Bank and Tower Gateway.


From DLR By Foot (three minute walk)

To reach the Centre from the DLR, turn right out of Royal Victoria Station onto Seagull Lane. As you pass the Pumping Station you will come to a small roundabout and will see the Crystal straight ahead of you.


It is a 10 minute walk from Custom House DLR/rail station and the western entrance of the ExCeL conference



By Bus

See TfL bus links running closest to Royal Victoria Station


By Car

The Centre is just off Silvertown Way (A1011) at its junction with Lower Lea Crossing (A1020). It is outside the London Congestion Zone but inside London’s Low Emission Zone. Access to the Centre is from the roundabout on Tidal Basin Road.



The Royal Victoria Car Park (L2) offers 750 parking spaces a five minute walk away and is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway.


By Air

The Centre is within five minutes by taxi of London City Airport which serves over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA, with connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.


By Cable Car

You can get to the Crystal direct via the Emirates Air Line Cable Car from the Greenwich peninsular.

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