Oscar Abbink

S&P Global

Director, Upstream Research Group

Oscar Abbink, Director, Upstream Research Group, S&P Global, examines the strategic implications of new technologies in the energy sector. Dr. Abbink helps lead the Upstream Technology and Innovation service and contributes the energy technology perspective to other IHS Markit services. He has more than 20 years of experience in the international energy sector, particularly in nearly all areas of exploration and production (E&P) and related domains. He has traveled extensively to most major hydrocarbon-producing regions. Prior to joining S&P Global, Dr. Abbink was Industry Leader, Oil and Gas, with Logica (now CGI) Business Consulting. Earlier, he was with TNO, a research and technology organization, where he was responsible for all subsurface oil and gas activities, and he was with a small E&P oil field service company, where he was a Managing Director. Dr. Abbink holds an MSc and an industry-sponsored PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Sessions With Oscar Abbink

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 08:30am - 09:10am (CST) / 08/mar/2022 02:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 03:10 pm

    Evolution of Robotic Technologies in Energy Systems

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    Recently, the energy industry has started deploying new types of semiautonomous robots, such as animal-like crawlers and four-legged systems. Although robotic technologies have been applied for years in drilling and surveillance, the recent expansion of robotics systems appears indispensable for the energy industry to manage its asset base in the most efficient and low-carbon manner. What acceleration of developments and deployments of robotics can the energy industry expect? What are potential ethical and legal boundaries that may hamper wide-scale adoption? How will the workforce and operating models transform through the broader introduction of robotic systems?

  • 04:30pm - 05:10pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 11:10 pm

    Digital Twins: From hype to gamechanger technology?

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    The energy industry has long aspired to capture its tangible assets, processes, and workflows via virtual, digital representations. The current wave of digitalization has brought forward a new set of enabling technologies, including increased computing power, internet of things (IoT) devices, low-cost sensors, and enhanced data science capabilities. These innovations allow companies to use digital twins to address a range of applications, including maintenance support and prioritization, GHG monitoring and mitigation, and energy production optimization. How are digital twins transforming organizational and operating models? Will IP, data ownership, and workforce acceptance issues hamper wide-scale adoption? And how will the operators and suppliers assure effective digital twin maintenance and upkeep?

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Electrifying Ocean Operations: Sea floor energy systems

    Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power
    The energy industry’s shift toward a low-carbon future is not an easy one. One key element of this shift in the offshore context is the application of subsea electrification and broader subsea systems, which can significantly reduce the carbon footprint, while offering higher efficiency and lower capital and operating costs. Despite these advantages, subsea systems have remained a long-standing ambition of the energy industry. What technologies are needed to advance subsea electrification to wide-scale adoption? How do new business models enable or even drive the uptake of seafloor energy systems? How can integration between traditional energy sources (oil and gas) and new energies (solar, wind, wave) in the offshore benefit from these new subsea asset development models? 
  • 01:30pm - 02:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 08:10 pm

    Digitalization: Evolution or revolution?

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    New advancements in digitalization are disrupting the way businesses have been run for decades. Companies are achieving progress in their daily operations through increased reliance on digitalization. How is digitalization streamlining businesses and empowering them to better track and grow their assets? Is there a downside to the digitalization disruption?

  • 04:30pm - 05:15pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 11:15 pm

    S&P Global | Integrated Digital Platforms—A Silent Gamechanger

    Presentation Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    As the energy industry faces increasing pressure to manage its asset base in the most efficient and low-carbon manner, emerging digital platforms that integrate data, asset models and workflows are well positioned to support these objectives. These integrated digital platforms allow companies to address a range applications including “simple” visualization of equipment health, GHG monitoring and mitigation, the use of data science for optimization, and semiautonomous operations. This Lyceum session will explore several key themes of the digital twin concept, including the maturity of these platforms, S&P Global-documented industry applications, adoption benefits and challenges, and market insights.