AS I have said time and again, the impact of retirement is not limited to one or two isolated areas. It is an issue of demographics. Fair enough, there will be some more affected than others, but the spread is pretty broad.
Oil & Gas
AT A UKOOA (now Oil & Gas UK) business breakfast a couple of years ago, a speaker was heard describing this industry as being initiative rich but action poor. He was right, of course, and the chronologically gifted among Energy's readership will remember a number of bright ideas that have not been carried through to fruition.
KOOT: "We want big exposure to Northern North Sea assets. We feel there is a lot of oil to be developed. If you just look at the Triassic, there's 750mmb of oil to be tapped, so we're very much focused on drilling additional wells from the installations we're now involved in.
I have just returned from the Rio Oil & Gas Conference, and as any visitor to Brazil will testify, it is hard not to get a little carried away with this fascinating country.
Today, Taqa starts moving into its new UK headquarters at Aberdeen's "Surf City", a satellite town more correctly known as Westhill.
The Government has taken a bold lead of late in committing the UK to deep and challenging cuts to our carbon emissions.
ENERGY has just visited Prospects, the UK's "official graduate careers" website to check out what it says about jobs in Britain's energy sector and has come away deeply concerned about the quality of information presented.
A recent participant in Shell's STEP programme has already been promoted to run a division of a coatings company that could save industry millions of pounds replacing old and worn equipment.
UNIVERSITY of Calgary climate-change scientist David Keith is working on a device that could efficiently capture the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, directly from the air using near-commercial technology - apparently.
AS THE price of fuel for the parental taxi soars and concerns grow about the impact of car culture on the environment, a team of scientists from the University of Sunderland have come up with a hydrogen-powered car which they believe is a significant step forward in creating a mass-produced green machine.
A few weeks ago, Meldrum Academy won the UK final of OilSim, the international oil&gas investment game.
FRENCH group CGGVeritas has revealed that it has perfected a seismic monitoring solution for managing steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production of heavy oil.
A NEW project is under way that aims to develop a downhole pump based on the principles of magnetic levitation.
Most people working with potentially hazardous chemicals or substances would never dream of working without respiratory protection such as a face mask.
INTO the final quarter of 2008 and a total of 59 exploration and appraisal wells have started on the UKCS so far, an increase of 14 spuds over the same point in 2007 and a level of activity not reached until the start of December that year. Additionally, 36 sidetracks have so far been initiated this year.
THE US Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) has reported that Hurricane Ike destroyed 49 of the 3,800 offshore oil&gas production platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico.
OIL & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is to invest more than $5billion in developing its deepwater blocks KG-DWN-98/2 and KG-DW-IV, with first production anticipated in 2013.
STATOILHYDRO'S exploration well drilled on the Noatun prospect 16km north of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea has encountered gas and condensate. A sidetrack is to be drilled in the well to assess whether the find is worth exploiting.
THE Aberdeen office of Canadian oil company Nexen Petroleum UK celebrated its links with Mackie Academy, Stonehaven, at a reception in the glass palace of Nexen House at Altens.
NORWEGIAN subsea engineering firm Framo Engineering, whose enhanced recovery systems are in use worldwide, is celebrating 25 years in business.
SUBSEA UK will have offshore renewables squarely in its sights at its new Subsea Europe conference in London, to be staged on October 30. This is aside from its main market - offshore oil&gas.
ANADARKO Petroleum has made a major "pre-salt" oil discovery on the Wahoo prospect in Brazil's prolific Campos Basin with its 1-APL-1-ESS well drilled on block BM-C-30 in some 1,417m (4,650ft) water depth. Preliminary results, based on wireline logs, indicate at least 60m (195ft) of net pay with similar characteristics to the nearby Jubarte 1-ESS-103A well.
RECORD activity levels, scarcity in personnel and resources, coupled with rising costs, have taken their toll on customer satisfaction levels, with some oilfield suppliers taking a hammering while others excel, according to Douglas-Westwood analysts.
West Africa remains a major security headache for the oil&gas industry, particularly Nigeria, the managing director of AKE warned delegates of a conference in Aberdeen late-September.