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#OG2050: We must stay positive, see the potential and perservere

04/09/2015

Rebecca Wain, a 24-year-old geologist with Statoil in Aberdeen joined the Energy Voice panel ahead of Offshore Europe next week. The rising star spoke eloquently about the challenges faced by her peers in finding employment during the downturn in the industry. Wain gave her thoughts on the panel discussion speaking to Energy Voice after the research from Energy 2050 - Securing Our Future was discussed to a sold-out crowd of more than 300 people.

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#OG2050: OGA doesn’t hold all the answers to industry challenges

03/09/2015

A managing partner at EY in Aberdeen said in order to “radically" improve the cost base in the UKCS there would need to be a behaviour change within the oil and gas industry. Speaking after the event, Derek Leith said he had been surprised by findings from Energy Voice’s research which showed a ‘negative’ view of the industry. Leith was joined by a panel including Sir Ian Wood, Andrew Reid, chief executive of Douglas-Westwood, Rebecca Wain, a 24-year-old graduate geologist and Michael Engell-Jensen, co-chairman of Offshore Europe at the Energy Voice – Securing Our Future event at the Tivoli in Aberdeen.

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#OG2050: Sir Ian Wood says industry ready to persevere

03/09/2015

Sir Ian Wood said there had been a step change in focus by the North Sea oil and gas industry in how to persevere through the current downturn. Speaking to Energy Voice following its Energy 2050 – Securing Our Future event at the Tivoli in Aberdeen he said it was clear the industry was “now prepared to give proper though about how it solves its problems”. He was one of a panel of experts who discussed the findings of a survey of 450 sector leaders, which was commissioned by Energy Voice.

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Exclusive: Sir Ian Wood – ‘North Sea facing toughest era but not dead yet’

03/09/2015

Sir Ian Wood said last night that the North Sea was facing one of its “toughest times ever" – but insisted it was “not dead by any means". The industry doyen warned that the “worst thing" offshore firms could do was lose talented younger people and vital infrastructure during the current downturn. He called for further UK Government action, including for the Treasury, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the industry to “get their heads together very quickly" to find solutions. Sir Ian was speaking to more than 300 people at a summit organised by The Press and Journal's sister website Energy Voice at Aberdeen's Tivoli Theatre last night.

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#OG2050: Get involved with Energy Voice panel event

02/09/2015

Energy Voice is getting ready for its Energy 2050 – Securing our Future event taking place tonight ahead of Offshore Europe. Editor Rita Brown will be joined by a panel which includes industry leader Sir Ian Wood, Statoil graduate geologist Rebecca Wain, EY’s UK head of oil and gas taxation, Offshore Europe co-chairman Michael Engell-Jensen and Douglas Westwood’s Andrew Reid. The panel want to hear your views on the North Sea oil and gas industry and how to inspire the next generation of innovators.

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#OG2050: Young professionals on what inspired their job choice

28/08/2015

Energy Voice sat down with three young SPE Aberdeen (Society of Petroleum Engineers) graduates and interns working within the oil and gas industry. The interviewees,Ross Taylor and Lalit Bhamare ,spoke ahead of Energy Voice's groundbreaking event on Wednesday, September 2 at the Tivoli in Aberdeen. They answered a range of questions about how to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

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#OG2050: Young professionals on how to engage with the next generation

27/08/2015

Energy Voice sat down with three young SPE Aberdeen (Society of Petroleum Engineers) graduates and interns working within the oil and gas industry. The interviewees, Marie Backstrom, Gabriella Thomas and Adam Zalewski, spoke ahead of Energy Voice's groundbreaking event on Wednesday, September 2 at the Tivoli in Aberdeen. They answered a range of questions about how to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

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#OG2050 Video: Opportunities abound within the oil and gas industry

18/08/2015

The chief executive of Aberdeen’s leading science centre said more young people need to be shown the opportunities they could have from working in the oil and gas industry. Liz Hodge, who runs Satrosphere, made the comments as she gave her backing to Energy Voice’s Offshore Europe event on September 2. The panel discussion at the Tivoli includes Sir Ian Wood, Derek Leith, office managing partner at EY Aberdeen and the firm’s UK head of oil and gas taxation and Offshore Europe co-chairman Michael Engell-Jensen.

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#OG2050: We must attract talent in tough operating climate

14/08/2015

Companies in the oil and gas industry must continue to attract talent even during the decline in oil price, according to an industry leader. David Liddle, business development executive at the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) said recruiting talent to explore future scientific approaches and technologies would play a "major role" in reaching new reserves. His comments come as Energy Voice gets ready for its Offshore Europe event next month focused on the next generation of workers. Both industry leaders and young people looking to come into the industry have given their backing to Energy Voice’s Offshore Europe event which takes place at the Tivoli on Wednesday, September 2.

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#OG2050: Young people must know door into industry is still open

12/08/2015

Industry leaders must ensure the next generation of talent know the door is still open into the sector, according to one young professional. Adam Zalewski, who is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, said high volumes of young people had been attracted by the industry following the “good years”. However the 22-year-old – who is also president for the SPE student chapter at the University of Aberdeen – said it was now imperative companies took on the best talent.

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#OG2050: Harness skills of past 50 years to help future workforce

11/08/2015

Oil and gas companies will need to find a way to harness skills learnt in the last 50 years in order to benefit the future workforce, according to a leading HR expert. Kate Butterworth, global HR leader for multinational businesses Hydratight & Viking Sea Tech, said focus needs to be placed on mentoring those moving into the sector. The words of advice come after Energy Voice unveiled the final tranche of its research project which will focus on the next generation and the future of the North Sea.

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#OG2050: Take part in research for chance to win Breitling SuperOcean 42 watch

10/08/2015

Energy Voice wants you to take part in the last leg of our research aimed at building the industry’s next generation of innovators and have the chance to win a Breitling Superocean 42, courtesy of Finnies the Jewellers. The latest survey has now gone live, just weeks ahead of our Offshore Europe event where the findings will be revealed. To mark the final part of the research, we’ve teamed up with Finnies the Jewellers to offer this fantastic prize to one lucky participant.

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#OG2050: Energy Voice’s final research on the next generation now live

07/08/2015

Energy Voice has called on the global energy sector to participate in the final part of its landmark research launched to mark 50 years in oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. The latest survey has now gone live, just weeks ahead of its Offshore Europe event where the findings will be revealed. Take part here. The final tranche will look at how to fuel the conversation and encourage the next generation of industry leaders and look at the future of the North Sea. The project was launched in response to falling oil prices, which placed the UK and wider global energy marker under pressure.

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#OG2050: Industry leaders back call to inspire next generation

06/08/2015

More industry leaders have come forward in support of an event aimed at ensuring the next generation of industry innovators move into the oil and gas sector. Earlier this week it was revealed industry giant Sir Ian Wood would be joining an Energy Voice panel next month alongside Offshore Europe co-chairman Michael Engell-Jensen and Derek Leith, office managing partner at EY Aberdeen and the firm’s UK head of oil and gas taxation. The move has been backed by the likes of UK Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom and Deirdre Michie. The managing director at Craig Group, Douglas Craig, said it was imperative that more young people understood the significance of the energy industry.

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#OG2050: Sir Ian Wood joins Energy Voice panel

05/08/2015

Energy Voice has launched an event aimed at ensuring the next generation of industry innovators don’t get lost in translation amid a market downturn. Industry giant Sir Ian Wood, Offshore Europe co-chairman Michael Engell-Jensen and Derek Leith, office managing partner at EY Aberdeen and the firm’s UK head of oil and gas taxation, will all take part in the panel. The event, which will be held at the Tivoli on Wednesday September 2, will discuss the final wave of Energy Voice’s research: Energy 2050 – Securing our Future.

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#OG2050: Latest research launches, have your say on industry’s new frontiers

Energy Voice has launched the latest wave of its research aimed at gauging global sector perceptions. Take part here. The latest installment of ‘Energy 2050: Securing our future’ takes aim at the sector’s international ambitions . The groundbreaking research led by Energy Voice, and done in partnership with EY, Robert Gordon University, FifthRing, Burness Paull and Douglas Westwood, is part of a year-long global initiative. Energy Voice editor Rita Brown said: “This wave of the research will gauge the industry’s perception of what today’s new frontiers are – whether it’s the unknown of the Arctic, the emerging Asian production market, the African subcontinent or the UK’s own onshore potential. Energy 2050 will delve into the challenges, rewards and most importantly the tools needed to ensure the UK supply chain can export its abilities to the global market.”

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#OG2050: The one word everybody’s screaming

18/06/2015

The word which screams at me when reading the responses to the Energy 2050: Securing our future's research on technology is “opportunity”! The concept is one thing. Exploiting it is another. With most survey responders holding the view that the current supply / demand imbalance is set to continue in the medium term, and as a consequence the oil price will remain in the $60 - $100 per barrel range, reducing the costs of recovery, particularly in the North Sea basin, will remain the principal focus.

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#OG2050 – Marking the first anniversary of $115 oil

16/06/2015

It’s 12 months since the price of oil plunged from the high platform of $115 per barrel into a pool of uncertainty and confusion, and the ripple effect from that dive into the unknown has touched most of us in one way or another. It’s appropriate that the results of the second Energy Voice survey are launched on the first anniversary of that descent. I say ‘first’ because nobody knows how long the current situation will last. However, we’ve all come to appreciate that the hope some of us had last summer of a rapid upswing in price to match the decline is not going to happen.

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#OG2050 – Interactive timeline reveals industry’s technology sentiments

16/06/2015

In the latest wave of findings from Energy 2050 - Securing our future, Energy Voice exclusively revealed the industry's sentiment around technology and development amid recent heightened sector pressures. The findings covered everything from, which companies are tightening technology budgets, the predicted knock-on effects and who respondents felt should lead the R&D charge. See all of the latest research findings in our interactive timeline below.

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Exclusive: #OG2050 – Industry call for E&P companies to rally technology revolution

15/06/2015

Exploration and production companies should be driving the industry’s technology development agenda, according to new findings. In an exclusive, industry-wide Energy Voice research project, dubbed Energy 2050 – Securing our future, nearly half of respondents said E&P companies should be responsible for ensuring the industry’s ability to invent, prove and adapt new technology. But despite the call for sector-wide E&P leadership, the research also revealed the industry has yet to shed its historical “race-to-be-second” technology adaptation mentality, with the majority of respondents admitting a reluctance to be first.

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