Danish engineering firm Ramboll has hired a former Total boss to drive the green transformation of its traditional oil & gas services.
Patrick Gilly was managing director of Total E&P Denmark until 2020 and has since run his own energy transition consultancy.
Now he will become managing director of Ramboll’s energy business, as the company seeks to ramp up renewables projects and also plans to refocus its 280 offshore experts who have worked in the oil & gas sector.
“The energy system of the future will be based on renewable energy and decarbonisation technologies such as carbon capture & storage, hydrogen, and Power-to-X,” said Michael Simmelsgaard, Ramboll’s group chief operation officer.
“The oil & gas sector plays a vital role in creating this energy system. It controls part of the infrastructure, has technology know-how, and possesses the financial muscle required.”
Simmelsgaard said Patrick Gilly “has in-depth knowledge of the oil & gas sector and knows what it takes to help it move in a greener direction”.
In recent years, Ramboll has won contracts for several decarbonization projects in the oil & gas sector, including the Danish CCS project Greensand, which will store CO2 offshore in the Siri area in the North Sea, and the energy island in the North Sea where Ramboll is the VindØ Consortium’s consultant.
“The competencies required for this type of project are to a large extent the same as the ones applied in oil & gas projects,” said Simmelsgaard.
“We want to leverage this breadth of experience and expertise and put them at the service of the all-important energy transition. This is the direction we have taken, and Patrick can help us lead the way.”