‘Generational role for oil and gas remains as green energy grows’

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Oct 2017

NEW regional chairman of the Energy Institute, David Talbot, has underlined how the world still needs oil and gas, as the organisation positions itself across all forms of generation and provision.

Addressing the Humber branch’s annual dinner, the chief executive of Catch gave his maiden speech to the organisation following his appointment to the role.

He told how renewables was knocking at the door, but there remained generations of work still do to, while reporting positively on steps nationally to play a role in one of the region’s strengths – offshore wind.

Mr Talbot, who served in the RAF before joining BAE Systems and then moving to Stallingborough, said: “When I took over the chair, my first task was to visit the Energy Institute and meet with the chief executive, Louise Kingham.  I wanted to understand the EI better, to hear what their vision was, not just for the Energy Institute but also for the branches in the regions.  We both agreed that this is clearly a fascinating time for the energy sector and it was interesting to hear from Louise how important renewables, and in particular offshore wind, is to the Institute, while not forgetting traditional forms of energy.  I have now started to work up an action plan with the EI to deliver a strategy for the region.”

And it has a lot to take in.

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Mr Talbot said: “”It is important to recognise that we are the Energy Estuary, and what a year it has been for the estuary.

Back In January, I was proud to be part of a delegation from the region to Westminster to help highlight the work going on in the region.  MPs Greg Clark, Nick Hurd and Andrew Percy all came to the event to hear about the momentum in the region, and how industry was working closely with the local authorities and the LEP to capitalise on the Energy Estuary.  

“Since then we have seen a plethora of developments in the energy sector, culminating locally in the North East Lincolnshire Council Clean Break Summit. At the summit the giant leaps forward in the renewables sector were evident and delegates heard about the growing offshore wind presence.

“Of course, renewables produce electricity, and that is just one part of the energy system. The North Sea still has a huge part to play in the oil industry and, as oil bosses warned recently, the basin will need to earn its right to grow within a rapidly changing energy landscape.  Renewables are clearly knocking on the door and the energy transition to a low carbon future will happen but it will take generations to happen and in the mean time the world will still need oil and gas.”

The gathering at Oaklands Hall Hotel saw more than 160 guests enjoy a three course meal, while raising money for Andy’s Children’s Hospice, Castle Hill Hospital Ward 10, Dove House Hospice Cleethorpes RNLI and London to Paris Breast Cancer Now. 

Mr Talbot added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank my predecessor as chair, John Kersey, who has supported the committee for over 20 years and has kept a firm hand on the tiller during his tenure.” He is staying on as vice chairman. David Hughes “another stalwart of the committee with over 20 years service,” was also thanked for his contribution.

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