If inquisitiveness and a knack for problem-solving are the hallmarks of a happy engineer, then it is no surprise that Stan Knez speaks with such enthusiasm about his latest role.

As chief technology officer for Technip Energies, the low-carbon energy business carved out of TechnipFMC earlier this year, Knez has landed in an enviable position overseeing a substantial — and growing — portfolio of technologies and R&D programmes at a brand-new organisation, and at a critical time for the oil and gas industry.