Bergen, Norway 11 – 13 June, 2019

Keynote Speakers 2019

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister of Norway

‘The oceans have huge potential when it comes to meeting the world’s need for resources and creating jobs and economic and social development. We will not be able to realise this potential without sustainable growth in ocean-based industries,’ said Ms Solberg when launching the new High-Level panel for a sustainable Ocean Economy. At UTC 2019 she will talk about Ocean Industries and the total energy perspective from a political angle.

Anders Opedal

Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects and Drilling – EQUINOR

Opedal joined Equinor in 1997 as a petroleum engineer in the Statfjord operations. Previously, he worked for Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. He has held a range of positions in Equinor in Drilling and well, Procurement and projects. He served as Chief Procurement Officer in Equinor from 2007-2010. In 2011, he took on the role as Senior Vice President for Projects in Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD) responsible for Equinor’s approximately NOK 300 billion project portfolio.

He served as Equinor’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before taking the role as Senior Vice President for Development & Production International, Brazil. His present position, which he has held from August 2018, is Executive Vice President for Technology, Projects and Drilling.

Michael Bloomfield

Vice president and General Manager, OCEANEERING space systems

Mike is a 1981 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Mike served 26 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA astronaut. While at NASA, he made three trips into space, serving as the commander on his final flight.  He also held several management positions at NASA, including Chief of Safety for the Astronaut Office, Chief Instructor Astronaut, and Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations.  In this role, Mike represented the Astronaut office for the critical go, no-go decisions prior to each shuttle launch.  Mike also served as the ex-officio member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, providing technical and operational expertise to board members as they investigated the reasons for Columbia’s loss.

Mike is VP and GM of Oceaneering Space Systems, a division of Oceaneering that provides space flight hardware and space suits to NASA.

At UTC 2019 he will talk about his experiences from space, and potential crossover technologies from space to the subsea field.

Graham Henley

Vice President Engineering, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL

Graham Henley is Vice President Engineering in Royal Dutch Shell’s Projects & Technology organisation. He leads Shell’s global engineering capability including teams providing process and discipline engineering support to Shell’s upstream, LNG and downstream assets worldwide.

Graham joined Shell in 1983 after completing a degree in Electronic Engineering. Graham’s career has been predominantly in engineering and projects. From 2013 to 2018 he was Shell’s VP Conventional Oil & Gas Projects, accountable for the delivery of onshore and offshore oil and gas projects in Shell’s upstream heartlands including UK, Norway, Netherlands, Nigeria, Iraq Malaysia and the Philippines.

Knut Vassbotn

Head of Business Development, Offshore Wind, AKER SOLUTIONS

Knut has more than 20 years of experience from the energy sector, oil and gas and renewables. Mr Vassbotn is passionate about renewables, and providing commercially viable energy solutions across the globe. He has a strong business development background, both nationally and internationally. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture from University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

William Zimmern

Head of global macroeconomics, BP

William has been at BP since September 2014. He manages the production of the Energy Outlook, BP’s view of long-term energy markets, and leads the economic analysis on the energy transition. He is responsible for research on the global economy which is a key component of the company view on oil and gas markets and country risk.

Before BP William was head of PwC’s Macro Consulting practice in London which specialised in macroeconomic advice and economic strategy. Before PwC, William worked in UK central Government in the Ministry of Finance (HM Treasury) and the Department for Work and Pensions. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Egil Bøyum

Executive Vice President of Products, AKER SOLUTIONS

Egil was appointed head of the products delivery center in November 2016. The Norwegian has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has held several key positions in Aker Solutions’ subsea business. He graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering.

Andreas Løvli

Software Engineer, TechnipFMC

Andreas is a graduate engineer on numerical mathematics from NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. He has been employee of TechnipFMC since 2006, and is mainly working as software engineer on the FlowManager™ software. Key subjects in his work are subsea field layout design, control and operation philosophy, monitoring and optimisation of production performance and equipment integrity.

Since 2018 Andreas has been responsible for process simulator development and process design in the research project “Deep Purple, Offshore hydrogen technologies for CO2-free, stable energy production”.

Egil Tjåland

Head of Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU

Egil holds a MSc and a PhD Geophysic from NTNU. He worked as a geophysicist at BP Norway  from 1987-1990. He was an associate Professor at NTNU 1994-2013 and is currently Head of Department of Geoscience and Petroleum. 

Arnfinn Nergaard

Professor emeritus, University of Stavanger (UiS)

Arnfinn holds MSc degrees in Naval Architecture and in Petroleum Engineering from NTNU. In 1976 he defended his PhD in Petroleum Engineering, the first of its kind in Norway.

Arnfinn has developed and taught the course “OFF 550 Subsea Technology” since 2004. He has worked for 10 years as a Project Engineer within field development with the oil company Norsk Hydro (now part of Equinor), specializing in subsea production systems. In 1979 he was seconded to Elf (now Total) as a project engineer in the Northeast Frigg development, the first subsea development in Norway. He worked for 18 years as a Technology Manager with drilling contractor Smedvig (now Seadrill), with responsibilities within design and construction of drilling rigs and FPSOs.

During 40 years in the industry Arnfinn has specialized in technology development within marine operations and deepwater technology with focus on operations related to subsea completion/intervention, drilling and deepwater construction. He presently has a part time assignment with the Norwegian Petroleum Museum as a co-author of the Norwegian Subsea History. He is a board member in the Norwegian Research Council MAROFF program Board and in Neodrill AS.

Arnfinn holds two patents; ”Gyro stabilized floating Wind Turbine” (2010) and “Tethered docking station for floating Wind Turbine”(2010).

In 2018 Arnfinn Nergaard was granted honorary membership in FFU, the Norwegian Association for Subsea Remote Control.


Kristin Nergaard Berg

Head of Section for Subsea Technology, DNV GL

Kristin has been working with DNV GL since 2008 as a consultant and manager, assisting oil companies and supply chain with technical advisory, technology qualification and verification related to subsea production systems.

Prior to DNV GL, Kristin worked within subsea instrumentation at Roxar and her educational background is MSc in Physics from NTNU in 2001.

Wendy Lam

Product Management Leader, Subsea Production Systems & Subsea Services

Wendy has a lead role within the BHGE Product Management team establishing partnerships and collaborations with clients globally to develop, qualify and commercialise the newest innovations for subsea production and processing systems.

Most recently, Wendy led efforts to form JIP’s (Joint Industry Projects) for subsea all-electric, boosting, seawater treatment other key developments to optimise energy production beyond what is possible with conventional solutions. Wendy is based in BHGE’s offices in Oslo.

Russell McCulley

Editor – Features and Technology, UPSTREAM

Russell is editor of the international oil and gas newspaper. A Texas native, he now lives in London.