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The energy transition: Insights from the Energy Exports Conference

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Simon Emeny, Director of Strategic Markets at LRQA, recently had the opportunity to speak at the Energy Exports Conference in Aberdeen. Here, he shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the energy sector and more.

As the Director of Strategic Markets at LRQA, I've had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, from financial institutions and manufacturers to project EPCs and equipment owners. Operating in over 70 countries worldwide, one of our primary focuses at LRQA is on assessing and mitigating the risks associated with large projects, ensuring their success throughout their life cycle.

During the conference, one of the major talking points was the increasing pressure on supply chains due to a range of impending deadlines, such as COP28. With these commitments on the horizon, all parties now need to deliver on their commitments. Added to that, the rapid growth of supply chains, if not properly managed, could lead to a shift from high-quality production to rapid production, potentially causing project delays. At LRQA, we aim to ensure that our clients have the knowledge and tools to control these risks, enabling them to move as rapidly as they desire without compromising on quality or safety.

One of the other key challenges we face in the energy sector is the presence of counterfeit, fraudulent, and suspect items (CFSI). At LRQA, we work tirelessly to ensure end-to-end supply chain integrity, ensuring that our clients receive what they expect and that it performs as required.

Decommissioning was another topic of discussion at the conference. Over the past few decades, we've seen significant improvements in this area. It’s crucial that developers consider decommissioning at the start of a project, as well as the sustainability and future use of decommissioned assets.

Looking ahead, I see massive opportunities, particularly in the context of decarbonising oil and gas. However, it should be noted that this doesn't mean we are talking about removing oil and gas. These resources remain a crucial part of the mix, particularly in the production of long-chain, high-integrity plastics, and in the use of existing infrastructure for new purposes.

As we navigate the energy transition, I am excited about the future and the opportunities it presents. At LRQA, we remain committed to maintaining our focus on integrity, safety, and quality.

For a more in-depth discussion on these topics and more, listen to the full Energy Voice Out Loud podcast episode here: Energy Exports Conference: Day one with Simon Emeny of LRQA - Energy Voice – Out Loud | Podfollow