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Thursday, 7 December 2017, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Getting Real About Future Energy

Marc Durandeau, Senior VP of Research and Development, ADNOC P.I.

Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Sponsorship is provided by Scottish Oil Club (Students).

This event occurred on: Thursday, 07 December 2017, 6 p.m.

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Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


Many European politicians, today, develop the idea that renewable energy will be the main contributor to the future energy mix and will drastically reduce the climate warming of the planet. They ban, at the same time in their speech, the exploration and the development of new fossil energy assets by mixing up in their thoughts: fossil energy, carbon footprint and climate warning. They forget to highlight that we will still need 50% of the energy demand coming from fossil energy in 2050 in the most pessimistic scenario and to mention that the real problems are: How to stimulate the reduction of the energy consumption and what do we do with carbon dioxide in all our industrial processes. We will review during the presentation the evolution of the expected energy mix composition and which innovations should be developed and implemented to reduce the carbon footprint and to satisfy the world energy demand. At the end, we will evaluate the dynamic implementation of these changes and their impact on the Oil & Gas industry which is starting to move to an “Energy” industry.


Dr. Marc Durandeau is a Chemical Process Engineer graduated from ESCIL (France) and got his PhD degree from University Claude Bernard (France). He has more than 40 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry. After a short Academic career as Lecturer in France and Malaysia, he joined the International Oil & Gas Company, TOTAL, during 32 years initially as Thermodynamic expert at TOTAL technical Centre then as Reservoirs and fields development Expert at Head Quarter but also in Operational subsidiaries (Abu Dhabi, Norway, Venezuela, Dubai, etc…). His domains of expertise are thermodynamic, Reservoir simulation and monitoring, field development optimization, EOR processes for light oil but also for Heavy oil Field.

After retiring from TOTAL, he started a new career as an International consultant with Beicip- Franlab, a subsidiary of IPFEN group, during more than 5 Years advising NOC & IOC up to the Governance Board, on the optimization of Oil & Gas Field development and in the implementation of IOR/EOR advanced technologies on major fields around the world especially in Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Libya, Iran) but also in Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina,...

He joined The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi in November 2013 and was in charge of the Research and Development Sector as Senior Vice President. He established the R&D organization in PI, putting in place the R & D strategy, the R & D policies as well as implementing the Petroleum Institute Research Center which is now operational since beginning of 2017 with almost 23 000 m2 of working area including 8000 m2 of Up-To-Date Laboratory Facilities.

Since November 2017, he is starting a new career as Consultant.

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