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UK Onshore Oil & Gas: Policy, Planning and Future Developments

March 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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UK Onshore Oil and Gas 29 March 2017A landmark government ruling has approved plans for horizontal drilling for onshore shale gas to take place in the UK. The legal bill for the County Council has been reported in excess of £300,000 with councillors critical of the government decision to uphold the industry appeal, saying it over-ruled local democracy, having previously refused permission for extraction.

Trillions of cubic feet of shale gas are thought to be recoverable beneath parts of the UK and more than 200 onshore exploration licences have been awarded. What do councils need to have in place to meet this potential demand and how they can work with all stakeholders to endure the best decisions are reached for their communities? While local authorities need to adhere to central government’s decision to produce more energy in the UK their actions are being impatiently monitored by community groups and legal teams. The importance of planning permissions and outcomes has increased pressure that all considerations are fully investigated – whether it be environmentally, legally, economically or politically.

Supporters of onshore shale gas argue that industry activity will bring energy security, jobs and cash for the economy. Opponents fear fracking may cause earth tremors and pollution for mainly rural areas of the UK. How can all stakeholders be actively engaged from the start of an application process through to the practicalities of an active site? What can academics and community groups do to enhance the work that is taking place surrounding peripheral issues such as cleaning fracking water, noise pollution, traffic management and future legal disputes?

UK Onshore Oil and Gas: Policy, Planning and Future Developments has been designed to give help, guidance and support to the public sector to ensure delegates attending have the right and most accurate information on onshore oil and gas and environmental planning. The conference will be looking future projects that are due to commence in the next 12 months along with exploring how to minimise environmental impacts, such as the treatment of waste water from drilling operations, noise pollution and traffic management, to local communicates.

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“Shale gas has the potential to power economic growth, support 64,000 jobs and provide a new domestic energy source, making us less reliant on imports,” Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary.

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In May 2016 Third Energy won planning permission to test-drill a vertical well that had already been drilled at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. North Yorkshire County Council approved the application to extract shale gas, the first since a ban was lifted in 2012. Currently the approval decision is under judicial review. In October 2016 the UK government overturned local council objections and approved test horizontal hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in Lancashire. It is the biggest onshore drilling licence ever granted in the UK, covering over 680 square miles of the Bowland shale basin. Cuadrilla expects to begin hydraulic fracturing by the end of 2017. An application from energy firm iGas in north Nottinghamshire is awaiting planning permission for exploratory drilling, with councillors having deferred a decision on the application until 15 November 2016. Is the UK on the verge of a shale gas revolution or are local community fears and public opposition likely to derail planning decisions and halt the use of controversial technology to extract onshore gas?

A new UK shale gas industry has received support from the UK government not least because of the potential to transform the energy security of oil and gas supply in the UK, create new jobs and boost local economies. It is estimated that the testing phase of the Cuadrilla project for example will inject £20m into the local economy over the next 18 months. Offshore oil and gas extraction is in steep decline and UK gas demand is heavily dependent on Russia and Qatar. It has been calculated by the British Geological Survey that the UK could be sitting on one of the biggest gas reserves in Europe, with an estimated 1.33 trillion cubic feet of shale gas potential in central England alone. The scale reaches even further with more than 200 onshore exploration licences having been awarded to energy companies. Those in support believe shale gas is an invaluable ‘bridge fuel’ that can meet the UK’s heating and energy needs for decades as we move towards a low carbon future. Conventional onshore oil and gas production has been happening in the UK for 150 years with output continuing on 120 sites. However controversy around new drill wells and unconventional extraction commonly centres around the environmental and community impacts.

A four-year poll by YouGov for the University of Nottingham study found that support for fracking had fallen sharply in the last twelve months and is now at its lowest ever level. More people now oppose rather than support shale gas extraction, the survey finding that many people associate shale gas with higher greenhouse emissions and water contamination and not just concerns on impact on their immediate environment. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that two-thirds of areas have been labelled as suitable for shale gas extraction have levels of biodiversity equal or above the national average. Will the backing of a new fossil fuel development undermine plans to tackle global warming? How can local community concerns around health, methane emissions and water contamination be addressed?

UK Onshore Oil and Gas: Policy, Planning and Future Developments has been designed to give help, guidance and support to the public sector to ensure delegates attending have the right and most accurate information on onshore oil and gas and environmental planning. The conference will be looking future projects that are due to commence in the next 12 months along with exploring how to minimise environmental impacts, such as the treatment of waste water from drilling operations, noise pollution and traffic management, to local communicates.

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  • Discover what local authorities need to have in place to meet demand in onshore oil and gas applications and what evidence is required to help reach the best decisions for their local areas.
  • Gain a greater understanding of onshore oil and gas extraction, planning and industry developments.
  • Learn more about the support and opposition to shale gas fracturing and how all stakeholders can be more effectively engaged.
  • Hear about the environmental regulation and legislation and new rules for determining applications.
  • Leading academics explaining concerns and the potential benefits to the community and to the UK economy for unconventional energy resources.
  • Benefit from expert views and independent evidence to inform comprehensive decision-making and avoid costly appeals.
  • Learn from previous applications and explore best practice.
  • Hear about operator’s plans moving forward on where they are looking to invest and to what level over the next twelve months and beyond.
  • Discuss what can be done to minimise environmental impacts, such as treatment of waste water, noise pollution and traffic management.
  • How to deal with public concerns and effectively communicating with your community.
  • Learn more about the current energy strategy for UK to meet the demands of climate change and volatile international markets.
  • Improve your stakeholder engagement strategy and build new business relationships in the industry.
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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Pegasus Group

Pegasus Group LogoPegasus Group is a leading independent planning, design & environmental consultancy, involved in every aspect of the planning process. Providing specialist planning, landscape, environmental and consultation knowledge and expertise to support the oil and gas industry. We are a focused team of professionals committed to securing success for our clients.




TNW Group

tnw-logo-002TNW GROUP can DOUBLE or TRIPLE the output of existing producing wells by utilising a combination of Powerful new technology, experienced G & G personnel, Chemists, Bespoke chemicals and Stimulation experts. We then use intelligent fibre optics to produce in-depth production monitoring down to perforation level, the same fibre handles the 3D and 4D timelapse seismic wellsite surveys. We do all the above with innovative payment mechanisms that include NO UPFRONT PAYMENTS – you pay us on results. TNW GROUP brings future technology and maximum well outputs to the small and medium oil and gas companies at a very affordable payment structure. NO WELL OUTPUT IMPROVEMENT THEN NO PAYMENT, WE TAKE THE RISK.




atg UV Technology

Chemical Free Treatment for Well Injection Water & Flowback Reinjection

atg-uv-1-meg-002With over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, atg UV Technology are a Lancashire based manufacturer of environmentally friendly water treatment packages for the disinfection and treatment of well injection fluids, flowback water and produced water used for oil and gas recovery. Utilising mobile, onsite UV disinfection solutions, atg UV Technology specialise in the design, manufacture and operation of environmentally friendly water treatment packages that offer an alternative to chemicals and biocides, allowing operators to improve their environmental profile, eliminate truck movements and reduce operational costs.

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HAL_RGBFounded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With approximately 50,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities and operations in approximately 70 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. Visit the company’s website at www.halliburton.com. Connect with Halliburton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.





GeoTool-Inject gives users unique abilities to extract significant amounts of information, in real time, about their shale  It allows them to monitor, characterise and optimise their fracture network, giving them the visibility and control to ensure safety, reduce environmental impact, improve efficiency and increase the volume of connected fractures.

Geomec Engineering provides subsurface injection services to oil & gas operators worldwide.  These services include GeoTool-Inject, a monitoring & analysis software solution for subsurface injection operations (disposal, pressure-support and shale stimulation.





Arvia Technology

Arvia™ is at the forefront of offering solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. The company offers a unique treatment process for the destruction of aqueous organic contaminants to the water sector and industries. Arvia’s water proposition offers cost effective treatment of trace problematic, toxic or hazardous organics at trace level in water and waste water streams. It achieves this with its patented innovative technology, the Organics Destruction Cell (ODCTM).

Application: The ODC provides targeted removal of organics to:
• Safely discharge wastewater to the environment
• Enable water to be reused
• Preferentially remove contaminants of concern
• Meet regulatory targets for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and micro-pollutants including pesticides and pharmaceutical residues



Studsvik have extensive experience of supporting leading shale gas exploration companies in the UK to understand the risks posed from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and can use this expertise to ensure your projects meet regulatory requirements and maintain safe operating conditions for both your workforce and the public. We work with both client and regulator to ensure regulatory compliance and to provide robust evidence relating to potential radiological impacts to support stakeholder relations. Engaging Studsvik will ensure early buy-in from the regulator and demonstrate to stakeholders that leading experts have been engaged to deliver advice that can be trusted. In addition to this, the safe and cost effective treatment and disposal of radioactive waste is day-to-day business for Studsvik and we have a proven track record of working with our clients to ensure a straight forward, no fuss waste management Service.


Dow Oil, Gas and Mining

Dow offers a wide range of products to the oil and gas industry and has particularly strong application expertise in hydraulic fracturing from years of serving North American operations. Our AQUCAR™ water treatment microbicides help prevent the proliferation of microbes topside, in the well and downhole, mitigating issues such as microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) and reservoir souring. Effective microbial control allows oil and gas companies to maximize production quantity and quality, combat microbial formation damage and enhance site safety.

Drilling and completion operations can further be improved with advanced fluid additives such as Dow’s EMBARK™ viscosifiers and rheology modifiers. Other technologies include ACCENT™ scale inhibitors, VERSENE™ and VERSENEX™ iron control agents, and various water filtration solutions such as ion exchange resins. We offer an unmatched combination of chemistries, delivery forms, technical expertise, reliability of supply and regulatory excellence by matching global capabilities with local needs.


Portakabin Limited

Portakabin is the pioneer of modular construction in Europe, delivering interim and permanent bespoke buildings, of any size and to fulfil almost any application, site and design. It has provided award-winning off-site built environments of outstanding quality, with unrivalled on time and on budget performance, for over 50 years.







AXIS is an independent planning and environmental consultancy with a demonstrable track record of delivering planning permissions and development consents to the infrastructure sector throughout the UK.

The AXIS team brings direct experience in working on unconventional hydrocarbons and a wide range of other energy schemes. Our team combines in-house staff working across a wide range of technical disciplines, together with some of the UK’s leading technical consultants.

Our success is evidenced by a track record of securing consents for contentious development throughout the UK. AXIS’ pro-active and pragmatic approach expedites robust decisions with workable planning conditions.




EPI Group

EPI is an international oil & gas consultancy with a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals, demonstrating a proven track record in field operations and sub-surface technical excellence.

We possess the capability to cover the full E&P cycle, with proven quality, innovation and success. With carefully designed, bespoke, workflows our skilled people add value to challenging datasets, by understanding complex geologies in the world’s toughest provinces. Combine this with our excellence in field operations, in some of the world’s harshest and technically challenging environments, your work programs will be overseen with the utmost attention, thereby guaranteeing your success.


Newgate Communications

Newgate is an integrated financial, corporate and stakeholder communications agency. Our consultants respond to today’s demanding business and political challenges by helping their clients achieve their business goals with integrated communications strategies that target multiple audiences using a precise combination of content and channels.
We provide superior advice and commitment to our clients which range from FTSE 100s to young, growing companies, with particular expertise in natural resources, real estate and financial services.

We don’t settle for standard answers but believe in: greater senior management involvement with our clients; disciplined creativity; fast, flawless execution and measurable results.


Ken Cronin, Chief Executive, UKOOG (UK Onshore Oil and Gas)

kencroninKen is the Chief Executive of the newly re-launched trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Oil and Gas). UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage across both conventional and unconventional sources. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore hydrocarbons industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level.

Ken has more than 20 years’ global experience in media, investor and government relations and has worked in and with many companies across the nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and power sectors. Prior to his role at UKOOG, Ken spent 10 years at worldwide communication agency Kreab Gavin Anderson as Head of Global Energy.


Professor Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Michael Bradshaw is Professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on the interface between economic and political geography, energy studies, and international relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, where he formerly served as Vice President, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He holds an MA from the University of Calgary in Alberta and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the book Global Energy Dilemmas (2014) published by Polity Press and co-editor of Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (2015) published by Oxford University Press. He is currently writing a book on the geopolitics of natural gas. He is also involved in UKERC and Horizon 2020 projects examining the development of unconventional oil and gas.



Jonathan Foster, Managing Director, Zetland Group Limited

Jonathan has over 20 years ‘hands-on’ experience in petroleum exploration and development onshore UK, including seismic acquisition, drilling, production, gas storage and decommissioning.

He is Managing Director of Zetland Group, a consultancy specialising in Regulatory Compliance and the first to successfully secure both planning permission and environmental permits for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing onshore UK since the Government imposed moratorium was lifted in 2012. Jonathan is also founder and director of the Onshore Energy Services Group, an organisation that exists to advance the interests of British SMEs in the supply chain that supports onshore oil and gas. He is a member of the Royal Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Solution Mining Research Institute, the United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil and Gas.

Charlotte Danvers, Environment and Business Manager, Environment Agency

Charlotte Danvers has over 20 years of experience regulating industry’s impact on the environment. She has managed the introduction of new regulatory regimes such as the Landfill Directive and the Extractive Waste Directive. Charlotte manages the Environment Agency’s Onshore Oil and Gas Programme to ensure the industry is effectively regulated through evidence based decisions and coordination with partner regulators.





Tony Almond, Onshore Oil and Gas Policy, Health and Safety Executive

Tony AlmondTony covers onshore oil and gas policy for the Health and Safety Executive. In the last two years he has presented at more than 70 events on shale gas across the country, including many events in Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and West Sussex. He is also providing information to the Scottish Government research following the moratorium and to the Cross Party Parliamentary Group recently established to examine shale gas regulation. Planners and planning committees continue show a keen interest in shale gas regulation and Tony has presented at events for PINS, and at local planning events in regions with shale gas potential. He has worked for HSE for more than 10 years.




Mark Hill, Head of Development Management, North York Moors National Park Authority

Mark HillAfter gaining a postgraduate Diploma in Planning in 1991 (specialising in Minerals planning) , Mark worked on the establishment of the West Yorkshire Green Belt inner boundary with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council. He then moved to Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire where a highlight was working on a Greater York New Town settlement project which was eventually dropped. A spell working for York City Council included work on inner and outer city housing developments. For the last 20 years he has worked for the North York Moors National Park Authority latterly taking on the role of lead mineral officer and culminating in a key role determining a new Potash mine application believed to be the largest planning application ever submitted to a UK National Park. He has also developed an interest in Fracking issues given the Authority’s close proximity to likely shale gas reserves of the Bowland-Hodder unit. Mark has sat on a Yorkshire Post expert panel seeking to explore both sides of the public Fracking debate, attended several Fracking public meetings and presented/planning panellist on Planning Issues at the2015 ESGOS conference and 2016 UK Onshore Oil & Gas summit. He has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1992.


Jason Nisse, Partner, Newgate Communications

Jason is a founding partner of Newgate Communications. He spent 20 years as a national newspaper journalist, including six years as City editor of The Independent on Sunday, before becoming director of media relations at Barclays plc. Since moving to consultancy he has advised clients across the energy and environmental spectrum, including UKOOG, the onshore oil and gas trade body, Third Energy, Glencore, Carbon Trust and Shell. He is also a former director of NIREX, the body charged with the safe storage and disposal of high and intermediate level nuclear waste and has lectured on crisis communications at Harvard University.

Sue Manns, Regional Director, Pegasus Group

Sue is a Regional Director with the Pegasus Group and is responsible for their public engagement and consultation specialism. She has wide ranging and extensive experience of planning and public consultation gained in the public, private and voluntary sectors at national, regional and local levels.

Sue has worked with a range of organisations, across a variety of sectors, to advise on best practice in public engagement. She has a particular expertise in controversial public consultations and has provided expert advice and guidance as a Peer Reviewer.

As National Planner for the RTPI/Planning Aid England she authored the “Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Schemes” and as a Senior Lecturer in Planning Law and Practice, she led the research into public speaking at planning committees, now a recognised practice in most authorities.

Sue is a regular speaker at national conferences focusing on public engagement in the planning system. She is Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mike Lodge, CEO, Arvia Technology

Mike brings Arvia over 20 years of international business experience having worked in a range of technology, commercial and M&A roles. Most recently Mike managed the commercial integration and development of 3 newly acquired technology companies to Mettler-Toledo, a global scientific instrumentation company. Mike focussed on globalising the small technology companies by implementing structure to their product portfolios, developing value added service offerings, and setting up marketing and sales programmes. Mike also holds a degree in Physics and an MBA from the Manchester Business School.




Kevin Hollinrake MP, Thirsk & Malton

kevin-head-002Kevin was born and brought up in the constituency and lives near Easingwold with his wife Nikky, four children and 2 dogs. His dad was the local milkman in Easingwold and his mum a voluntary social worker. All his children attend the local schools in Crayke and Easingwold where Kevin is also Vice-Chair of Governors. He is a keen sportsman, playing cricket for Easingwold for over 30 years, rugby union for York RI and golf at Easingwold Golf Club.

He started Hunters in 1992, co-founding the business with John Waterhouse, which is now one of the most successful and fastest-growing estate agencies in the UK. Hunters have 160 branches nationwide including 30 in Greater London with gross turnover in excess of £40m and over 600 people employed throughout the network. The company recently went public in an IPO on July 2nd 2015 and has a market cap of around £25m.

Kevin has been in property for more than 25 years, but after studying physics at Sheffield Hallam University he set up various businesses. Then he joined Prudential, at the time the largest estate agency in Britain as a branch manager, initially in Haxby and later in Burnley, Lancs. Five years later, in 1992, he and his original founding partner, John Waterhouse, started Hunters in Goodramgate.


Dr Jim Marshall, Policy and Business Adviser, Water UK

_mg_0463I have had over 20 years experience in water and the water industry. After completion of a PhD at University of Leeds tracking Cryptosporidium in two catchments in Yorkshire I began work at Pipeline Developments Ltd in Manchester where I started as a lab technician looking at the impacts of pipe materials on water quality – cement liners, lead, contaminated land etc. I moved through the ranks there to be contract manager for a team of on site technicians carrying out independent audits on installation of PE pipe systems.

After a short spell working as logistics manager for Raleigh International in Ghana I moved to Sutton and East Surrey Water as a distribution engineer with particular responsibility for data and statistics, including leakage. During this time I was responsible for the production of the mains replacement proposals for the PR04 business planning process.

In May 2006 I joined Water UK as a policy co-ordinator with responsibility primarily for internal governance issues. I have since undertaken a wider role of Policy and Business Adviser in Water UK with particular interest in drinking water quality and public health. In addition I represent the UK on the Eureau EU1 expert group of water resource protection and drinking water and have a current interest in particular in European regulations, pharmaceuticals and shale gas.


Gemma James, Manager, Environmental issues

gemmaj_500px-002Gemma joined the ESG engagements team at PRI in April 2015. She is responsible for engagements on water, hydraulic fracturing and methane.
Gemma previously worked for the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). She worked on water, biodiversity and climate change issues with mining companies to develop and share best practice.

Gemma holds an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation and a BA in Geography, both from King’s College London.




Sean McFadyen, Geoscience Consultant, Technology Solutions Team, EESSA, Halliburton Consulting and Project Management

Sean is a Geoscience Consultant within the Europe, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa (EESSA) Technology Solutions Team and Consulting group. He has experience in the assessment of unconventional and conventional reservoirs, with emphasis on mature fields.

Prior to his current role, Sean was an onsite Geoscience consultant for Halliburton Landmark.

Sean holds an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen.

Tony Smith, Commercial Strategy Manager, Peel Gas & Oil

Tony Photo (002)After gaining a PhD from Strathclyde University, Tony joined BP in 1981 and spent several years as a Research Scientist developing mechanisms for enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea. In 1985 he joined ExxonMobil where he spent 16 years focusing on the emerging liberalised gas market and the negotiation of large gas sales, transport and quality agreements. Tony also worked for Schlumberger and as a gas consultant on many assignments on commercial gas developments, LNG, royalty agreements and gas processing and transportation in Europe, the Americas and in the Middle East. He has latterly focussed on shale gas both in S Africa and more substantively in the emerging UK market. He was and advisor to Peel from 2013 helping them to offer services to the UK shale gas supply chain. He joined Peel as an employee in 2015. Tony lives in Surrey and in his spare time is a Charity Trustee, an enduro motorcyclist, a Chelsea season ticket holder and a keen gardener.



Dr Nick Riley MBE, Director, Carboniferous Ltd

Nick RileyNick has been fascinated by geology since he was about six years old and spent much of his childhood and youth on mine tips, in quarries and in stream & river beds in NW England. In 1977 Nick graduated in Geology and Zoology at Bristol University and then followed through with a PhD on the Worston Shales of N. England. Nick joined the Institute of Geological Sciences (now the British Geological Survey-BGS) in 1980. He has been an international expert on Carboniferous rocks throughout his 33 year career with the BGS. His expertise has been used in surface and subsurface mapping of UK Carboniferous strata; coal, oil, gas exploration & development in the UK and Former Soviet Union; large civil engineering projects, radioactive waste storage, carbon capture & storage, underground natural gas storage & mineral exploration. From 2001 -2010 Nick was an adviser to UK government on Carbon Abatement Technologies and during that period he became BGS’ first “Head of Science for Energy”. He also advised the UK research councils “Energy Research Programme”

In the European Research Area Nick co-ordinated “CO2 GeoNet, the European Research Network of Excellence on research into underground CO2 storage from 2004-2009 and was the first President of the CO2GeoNet Association (2009-2011). He was also Chair of the EC Support Action “CO2Geological Storage (CGS) Europe”. He continues to advise on national energy research projects on CCS in Norway.

Nick’s last position at BGS was as “Team Leader for unconventional gas”. In this role he was a contributor and reviewer of the DECC report (published July 2013) on Carboniferous shale gas resources in northern & central England. By July 2013 Nick had left BGS (but remains an Honorary Research Associate regarding academic research) and set up his own company “Carboniferous Ltd” which provides specialist expertise on Carboniferous geology mainly across the energy sector.

Nick has published 27 papers in refereed journals, 6 book chapters in professional text books and numerous other publications by the BGS, UK government, and professional magazines. He was also a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s science & environment programme “Home Planet”.

In 2003 Nick was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for “Services to UK Geoscience”.

Neil Rowley, Gas Modelling Manager, National Grid

Neil is the Gas Modelling Manager at the National Grid. He is responsible for developing and communicating the short to long term forecasts and scenarios for gas supply and demand within Great Britain, for use by the gas and energy industry. In addition Neil provides understanding on the decarbonisation impact to National Grid’s projections.





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