PE Live: The Debates: Are majors an enemy (or saviour) of the transition?

Many oil & gas majors have embraced the energy transition but this could prove a double-edged sword for the renewables industry. Majors’ massive balance sheets and mega-project management skills mean they are ideally placed to scale up new energy systems—but they also have vested interests and are able to distort nascent markets.

This roundtable will be hosted by Peter Ramsay, Editor-in-chief, PE Media Network.

The panel will discuss:
- Will the entrance of majors increase the total renewables generation or displace existing players?
- If majors scramble to enter, would this push returns down to unsustainable levels?
- Are majors’ balance sheets needed for scale, or are investors/banks (given ESG considerations) happier to finance dedicated renewables companies?
- Will majors target renewables through M&A or organically—and would these routes help or hinder the transition?

Panellists:
Jean-Charles Papeians, Head of Liquefaction, Total
Bart Doyle, Group COO and Executive Director, Mainstream Renewable Power
Rajat Katyal, Managing Director and Head of EMEA Oil and Gas Investment Banking, HSBC

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