Celerant’s van Hasselt on the opportunities, challenges and the sector’s future
people that know how to do the work. In that
whole arena it’s obvious that people are
looking for support, and consulting companies supply that horse power, critical thinking to help make their operational strategy
happen. That’s what we’re focusing on.
Shifting global demand, cutting edge technologies and new breeds of collaborative
relationships between companies at the
wellhead are just a few of the hot topics facing the always-moving energy industry, and
with change inevitably comes opportunity.
Maarten van Hasselt, Celerant’s recently
minted Senior Vice President and Americas
sector global energy lead, says unique pressures facing the energy market are forcing
companies to operate leaner, more efficiently, and perhaps most interestingly, together,
as the world’s remaining underground stores
of oil become more remote, and require more
advanced technology to tap into.
Consulting: What are some of the opportunities that are out there?
Consulting: Tell me about some of the challenges facing the energy consulting market
van Hasselt: If you look at the energy sector as a whole, there is a very big field of
specialist companies that work in this
area. I like to go back to what my previous CEO always said, there are three hard
truths: demand will go inexorably up, as
you’ve seen recently in Indian and Pakistan; the easy oil and gas has been found,
so it becomes more technologically difficult to find but also is found in less accessible places like the North Slope in
Alaska, also climate change, CO2, everything around that.
At the same time, there is an increasing
gap in the talent pool. So it’s getting more
difficult, we need more and we have fewer
van Hasselt: There is taking place a major
change in the supply situation in the world.
We’re now technologically able to get oil
out of the ground at thousands of feet of
depth. There is incredible change happening in the world that you have these massive supply possibilities, but in a whole
different environment. In the past you
would have one big oil well in the Gulf of
Mexico producing enormous quantities,
now you go offshore to Bakersfield or any
of the offshore areas of the U.S. or elsewhere, and you have to drill many holes,
that brings whole different challenges.
What used to be one big operation with
millions of dollars invested now becomes
many operations that all have to be
repeated, so there’s a big opportunity. As it
gets more complicated technology-wise
you get more and more companies working together to make things happen.
Most operations are almost always in a
joint venture with someone else. Tens of companies end up coming together at the wellhead. Those are groups of people from
completely different organizations and cul-