Lord Hutton of Furness to chair North East energy debate

Lord Hutton of Furness to chair North East energy debate

The former secretary of state for business, Lord Hutton of Furness, is set to chair a debate on the future of the energy sector in the North East in February.

As the landscape of the energy industry dramatically changes, most notably with the unprecedented drop in the oil price to around $30 a barrel, the sector is facing a number of challenges.

The free-to-attend debate on 11 February at Wynyard Hall is being organised by Square One Law in conjunction with Brewin Dolphin, KPMG, NOF Energy and Tees Valley Unlimited.

The event will discuss the outlook for the oil and gas market and the opportunities for the regional supply chain, which also include areas such as offshore renewables, North Sea decommissioning, nuclear and shale gas.

Lord Hutton, who served as business secretary in Gordon Brown’s cabinet between 2007 and 2008 will be joined on the panel by a group of energy industry specialists including Peter Stephenson from North East-based decommissioning and offshore renewables specialists, ABLE UK. 

In addition, expert market knowledge will be offered by Alan Duncan from international energy industry consultancy BVG Associates. A view from the investment community will be provided by Gran Potter from private equity firm Blue Water Energy, which is involved in the oil and gas sector.

Also featuring on the panel will be Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, and energy advisors including James Bryce from Square One Law and Elaine Coverley at Brewin Dolphin.

The Energy Debate: ‘What Does the Future Hold?’ takes place on 11 February from 8am-10.30am in the Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall.  

Places are free, but limited, and can be booked by emailing claire.watson@squareonelaw.com