Opinion

Opinion

Onshore repowering can benefit wider economy

22/09/2020

Earlier this year the UK Government announced that onshore wind would be eligible to compete in the fourth Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round in 2021, a welcome outcome which will help ensure onshore developments will play a prominent role in the ‘green recovery.’

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Peak oil and the opportunity for low carbon prospects

21/09/2020

This week, BP projected that global demand for oil may have peaked in 2019 and that we shouldn’t ever expect demand to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels. On the face of it, BP’s analysis is stark, with global demand for oil reducing in all three of its scenarios over the next thirty years.

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Prevailing winds in the UK point to floating offshore projects

17/09/2020

Floating offshore wind turbines are the technological growth area for the offshore wind industry. Though the first industrial scale prototype was built in 2009, floating offshore wind (FLOW) is rapidly moving towards large-scale commercialisation.

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Unexpected benefits: will Covid-19 lead to a more diverse workforce?

15/09/2020

Could a more diverse workforce be one of the benefits to emerge from the global pandemic? Janette Marx, CEO of global workforce solutions provider, Airswift makes the case that lockdown has broken down the lingering psychological hurdles while technology has allowed difference to be encouraged and enabled.

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Forever rebalance the playing field

14/09/2020

“When I talk to managers, I get the feeling they are important. When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling I am important.” Alexander den Heijer, 2014

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Maybe it’s time to look to Heligoland

11/09/2020

Current plans to reinforce the power line between Fort Augustus and the Western Isles, via Skye, reminded me of the controversy that arose when the link was created in the 1980s.

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Steps under way on the path to recovery

10/09/2020

Recovery - a topical word and resonating with people around the world as they deal with the fallout from the pandemic and chart a hopeful path to the future. Times are uncertain but as OGUK’s director of supply chain and operations, I believe an integrated, more collaborative approach is key to restoring the health of the UK oil and gas industry.

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Revolution of data infrastructure

10/09/2020

While working for a technology services organisation Schlumberger, I have seen first-hand the way technology has transformed the oil and gas industry from every angle throughout my working life.

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We must lead. We must act.

10/09/2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a vast impact on people’s lives, as well as on companies around the world.

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Mummy, Daddy: What can I be when I grow up?

09/09/2020

As opposition politicians were lambasting government ministers over this year’s school results the economy was noisily crashing round our heads. GDP fell by over 20%, UK debt rose to £2 trillion and unemployment is back on the rise again.

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CMS: Leading in a crisis

07/09/2020

There are as many opinions of good leadership as there are management books and business schools.  For me, the important priorities are being honest, transparent and authentic, having a clear vision of your goal, a clear strategy to reach that goal, and the empathy, energy, commitment and confidence to inspire your team to work collaboratively towards it. It is also important to innovate, to do things differently, to find new ways, to be agile and to be supportive. Communication of all of this is key.

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Mozambique’s LNG moves and shakes

03/09/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the most volatile periods on record for energy markets, not least within the LNG industry.