SPE Event Archive


October Meeting
Mikado House - Copenhagen S


The next SPE meeting will be held on Wednesday the 22nd of October and will take place at the Mikado House in Amager (Rued Langgaards Vej 6-8), and is sponsored by Shell.


Ben Ring, Shell VP Upstream for Denmark, and Shell Country Chairman for Denmark, Greenland and Iceland, will give a presentation titled "Safety in Operations - A leadership journey".

Drawing on the experiences of the Pearl GTL (Gas to liquid) project in Qatar, the presentation will highlight the key elements of driving a step change in safety performance: A clear vision of success, underpinned by a committed leadership team; a structured and rigorous process to drive the desired change, but which adapts over time as the journey unfolds; and dedicated resources to help drive the process.

Ben studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University and followed this with post graduate studies in law. He then worked for Linklaters as a trial lawyer in London and Hong Kong, specializing in engineering and infrastructure disputes. He joined Shell in 2005 after completing an MBA at IMD in Switzerland. His first posting was to Qatar where he worked for five years in a number of roles including: Business Analyst for the Qatar Country Chairman; Business Development Manager; and lastly, Deputy Construction Manager and Integration Manager, both on the Pearl GT L project. In 2010 he moved to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague where he ran Upstream International’s Strategy & Portfolio team. Since July 2012 he was a Senior Deal Lead in Upstream International’s New Business Development team, based in The Hague. Ben is married, has three young children, and enjoys triathlons and yacht racing.


The dinner speaker, David Roberts, will talk about Process Safety in Wells.

Traditional Safety programs have focused on Personal Safety. This is important, and the progress made has been tremendous in the industry. Process Safety is even more critical, as the potential exists for catastrophic events. This requires that new focus and thinking processes be developed. In Well planning and operations, Process Safety is all about keeping the hydrocarbons in the pipe, the well or the reservoir. After the events in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 put the industry in the spotlight, efforts to improve Process Safety in our Wells Business have been stepped up. Improvements have been made in corporate standards and reporting, at job design and planning stage, and at site level during the execution phase. The presentation will share some of that work.

David Roberts studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He joined Shell in 1992 as a Drilling Engineer, and has had assignments in the Netherlands, UK, Peru, Oman, USA , Canada and now Denmark. Through his career he has worked on both rig sites and the office completing a variety of Drilling Supervisory and Engineering roles, in a variety of environments. David has recently transferred to the Copenhagen office in the role of Wells Manager, and is responsible for Shell’s support in the wells area for the DUC operations. He is married and has 2 daughters, all of whom have accompanied him to Copenhagen.

As usual, the programme for the meeting:

Drinks: 17:00 - 18:00
Presentation and SPE News: 18:00 - 19:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 21:00

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Mikado House
Mikado House
Rued Langgaards Vej 6-8
Copenhagen S


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