Oil and Gas Skills for Low-Carbon Energy Technologies Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract This paper aims to demonstrate the transferable skills of oil and gas professionals relevant to the energy transition and low-carbon technologies. We examined both core technical and non-core technical skills. The approach to this study involved using the SPE competency matrix for oil and gas professionals and mapping it against the different concepts related to decarbonization and renewable energy sources. We covered core technical and non-core technical oil and gas skills, and how they related to concepts such as carbon capture and sequestration, underground energy storage, rare earth elements, and renewable energy. We graded each item in the oil and gas competency matrix to demonstrate how relevant they were to the low-carbon technologies. We referenced case studies in research where oil and gas skills are being used in several aspects of the energy mix. The results showed that the technical competencies of oil and gas professionals were most useful in areas such as carbon storage, underground energy storage, and geothermal energy. The study also showed that geoscience skills cut across almost every aspect of low-carbon technologies and other concepts related to the energy transition. We also observed that non-technical competencies such as project management, HSE (health, safety, and environment), and business development skills cut across all low-carbon technologies and were very relevant for renewable energy resources like solar, wind, and hydro. Data science and digital skills were seen to be applicable to all low-carbon energy technologies. Using the case studies, we discuss the required upskilling, reskilling, and cross-skilling. The novel deliverable of this study is a comprehensive skillset map that shows where the oil and gas skills fit within low-carbon energy technologies. Professionals with skills in geosciences, reservoir engineering, production engineering, drilling, and wells engineering can see what areas they can easily transfer their skills, where they require reskilling, and where upskilling will be required. This could help organizations design a reskilling and upskilling strategy to help oil and gas professionals remain relevant in the energy transition.

name of conference

  • Day 3 Wed, October 18, 2023

published proceedings

  • Day 3 Wed, October 18, 2023

author list (cited authors)

  • Tayyib, D., Ekeoma, P. I., Offor, C. P., Adetula, O., Okoroafor, J., Egbe, T. I., & Okoroafor, E. R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Tayyib, D||Ekeoma, PI||Offor, CP||Adetula, O||Okoroafor, J||Egbe, TI||Okoroafor, ER

publication date

  • October 2023