IRO committees

The IRO Committees have an important role as adviser to the IRO Board. Besides that, participation in the IRO Committees enables member companies operating within a specific sector to exchange experience and expertise, and to gather information. Organising theme-related meetings, lobbying and joint promotion are important activities of the committees.

Export and Public Relations Committee

Though the Netherlands will remain an important gas producer for many years, there are not many new projects. As a result export is very important for IRO members: 70% of the 20 billion turnover of the Dutch oil & gas supply industry is export related. This is a good reason for IRO to support its members in international business. IRO organises various activities to support its members in international business, such as compiling market reports, organising seminars and trade missions, having Holland pavilions at exhibitions, and so on. The Export and Public Relations Committee coordinates IRO export activities. Export and public relations are combined because presentation is an important aspect of export promotion.

Chairman: Arjan Klijnsoon - IHC Merwede
Coordinators: Marloes Kraaijeveld, Tjerk Suurenbroek - IRO


Gas Committee

The Netherlands is a major gas-producing country. Annual production is approximately 50 billion m3. The total gas resources, the sum of the gas that has been produced to date, proven reserves and futures, amounts to approximately 4500 billion m3, of which 2600 m3 has already been produced. In its effort to prolong the life of the field and avoid earthquakes, the government has introduced policies to cap annual productions and encourages production from smaller fields. This has contributed to the emergence of innovative technologies that enable opportunities for profitably developing small fields and extending field life. The Netherlands plays an important role in the security of supply to the EU: more than half of the natural gas reserves in the EU are located in the Netherlands and the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Of the 450 billion m3 gas that is consumed annually in the EU, 15 to 25% is produced in the Netherlands. Over the years the Netherlands has developed a significant and high-quality oil and gas technology supply industry, both onshore and offshore. The purpose of the Gas Committee is to see how the participating companies can capitalise on the Netherlands reputation as a gas technology country. They do this by organising joint activities. Another important function of the Gas Committee is to monitor and anticipate the many new gas developments which are taking place, like smart wells, LNG, geothermia, hydrogen, long-distance pipeline transportation, underground storage, CCS, lean production facilities, and so on.

Chairman: René Peters - TNO
Coordinator: Tjerk Suurenbroek - IRO


Human Resources and Safety Committee

IRO is and will be paying a lot of attention to employment and education in the coming years. Because of a shared significance IRO and NOGEPA (Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association) have joined forces to extend and improve education options for the upstream oil and gas industry; to create interest amongst young people for education and jobs in this industry; and to promote retraining of experienced workers from other branches in the industry. The Human Resources and Safety Committee is also involved in improving safety in the oil and gas industry and offshore renewable industry. The exchange of information between training providers and discussions with NOGEPA about amendments to the NOGEPA Training Handbook are important goals of the Human Resources and Safety Committee. A new relevant element with regard to safety is Wind safety training and possible integration with standard O&G safety training.

Chairman: Paul Koop - Quercus
Coordinators: Tjerk Suurenbroek, Chris Wijsman - IRO


Innovation and Regulatory Affairs Committee

he Dutch oil and gas supply industry is a leader in its field. The Dutch supply industry is renowned for its offshore and gas technology and excels in the field of geophysics, logistics and maintenance. Dutch maritime history, the continuous struggle against the sea, the fact that the Netherlands is Shell’s home base and is a mayor onshore and offshore gas producer has contributed to this. However other oil and gas countries are investing enormous amounts of money into developing oil and gas technology. Declining gas production in the Netherlands and the ambition of the government to produce 30 m³ billion gas in 2030, the so-called 30/30 ambition, are also challenges for the Dutch oil and gas supply industry. It is an important task for the Innovation and Regulatory Affairs Committee to encourage IRO members to invest in innovative technology and participate in innovation programmes set by IRO in cooperation with other parties such as TNO, NML, Innovation Quarter, YesDelft!, NWEA and TKI Wind op Zee. The Dutch oil and gas industry is being confronted with many changes to regulations relevant to the industry, both on the national and international level. An important task for IRO is to safeguard the interest of the members.

Chairman: Rob Luijnenburg - Fugro
Coordinator: Tjerk Suurenbroek - IRO


Offshore Renewable Installations Committee

The Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world to complete offshore wind farms. In September 2013 the ‘Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth’ was agreed upon by the Dutch Government, the Dutch industry association, employers, trade unions and NGOs. In this agreement the renewable energy target for the Netherlands is set at 14% for 2020 and 16% in 2023 (currently about 6%). A substantial role is attributed to offshore wind. IRO members play an important role in the installation/construction of offshore wind farms and make use of the experience and technology developed for the offshore oil and gas industry. It is expected that other forms of offshore renewables will also have a bright future, which is a reason for the Offshore Renewable Installations Committees to also focus on industries like wave and tidal energy. The activities of the Offshore Renewable Installations Committee include export promotion, lobbying and development of innovative technology. To effectively target both national and international potential IRO works closely with organisations like NWEA, TKI Wind op Zee and HHWE.

Chairman: Jan Willem van der Graaf - Seaway Heavy Lifting
Coordinator: Tjerk Suurenbroek - IRO


Well Services and Drilling Committee

The Well Services and Drilling Committee is a lobby group for well services and drilling companies and addresses non-commercial issues on subjects such as labour, safety, technology, etc. The group was set up to work closely with the operators and government bodies on all matters related to the viability of safe and effective work practices and working conditions at wells and in drillings operations. Related themes that are discussed are a.o. decommisioning and geothermia.

Chairman: Peter de Bruijne - Paragon Offshore
Coordinator: Tjerk Suurenbroek - IRO