Opinion

Opinion

The race is on to power up EV infrastructure

19/02/2020

Accelerating the ban on carbon-emitting cars demonstrates the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change – now the hard work creating a national charging network begins, says Maria Connolly, partner and head of clean energy at UK law firm TLT.

Opinion

Downside to the upturn for subsea sector

11/02/2020

Richard Pugh, Investor at equity investor BGF, discusses why an upturn in the subsea sector may not be plain sailing and outlines why is it crucial to get your funding ducks in a row from the outset.

Oil & Gas

Virus to slash Chinese LNG, but US tariff lift could save the day, Rystad says

07/02/2020

The unseasonably warm weather in the northern hemisphere has undercut liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand and, combined with the steady rise of global supply levels, has resulted in record-low prices. Adding insult to injury, the coronavirus epidemic in China has reduced business and industrial activity, with January’s LNG imports dropping by about 10% year on year.

Opinion

NorthConnect: What’s in it for Scotland?

06/02/2020

Towards the end of this year, a final investment decision is due to be taken on the NorthConnect project which by 2024 would import surplus hydro electricity from the Hardanger region of Norway into Scotland, at Boddam, via a 400-mile interconnector.

Opinion

Climate Change Disputes: public nuisance – where big pharma meets big energy

06/02/2020

Judges and tribunals are increasingly being asked to determine claims involving climate change related issues. The trend has gained momentum in recent years in light of the global climate movement with a notable increase in climate change related claims brought by States and local governments against energy companies.

Opinion

Roadmap for an industry in action

03/02/2020

The UK Continental Shelf’s attractiveness to investors results from a combination of compelling attributes: A competitive fiscal regime, a highly skilled supply chain and the remaining billions of oil and gas barrels that are still out there.

Opinion

Time to get tough over climate change

03/02/2020

Don’t know about you but my patience with certain politicians, the oil and gas industry and indeed a few entire countries is running just a tad thin nowadays. Why? Because I am not seeing the progress in dealing with climate change that I should be seeing.

Opinion

How can a virus affect the oil price?

31/01/2020

Since mid-January, the Brent Crude oil price dropped about 10%, from $65 to $57 as of Friday morning. The reason for this is the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. How can a virus affect the price of oil?

Opinion

We need to address the offshore wind ‘elephant in the room’

31/01/2020

I agree with Scottish Government Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse on many things: the imperative to tackle the UK and Scotland’s climate emergency; the essential role deploying renewables plays in doing so; and the crucial need to achieve this roll-out at the lowest cost possible to energy consumers.

Opinion

MAC report recommendations could simplify the new immigration system

31/01/2020

The topic of immigration has been front page news this week across the UK.  In Scotland there have been calls for a 'Scottish visa' and devolution of immigration powers.  The UK Government also announced this week that a new global talent visa category will open from 20 February 2020 to encourage scientists, researchers and mathematicians to come to the UK.  And yesterday, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reported on its recommendations for the new single skills-based immigration system which will come into effect following the Brexit implementation period.  All change then on the immigration front.

North Sea

‘Decaf gas’ can help to tackle climate change

30/01/2020

The debate around fossil fuels and the impact on climate change is getting increasingly polarised. What we urgently need is a more informed debate based on facts and evidence.

Oil & Gas

‘Surprisingly swift’ uptake of data science in oil and gas

29/01/2020

Data science is about recording, storing and analysing massive amounts of data in order to extract useful information and uncover intelligent information for organisations. In recent years, companies across all sectors have been implementing data science in order to become more efficient and the oil industry has not been an exemption.

Opinion

Let’s leave North Sea ‘small pools’ in the ground

21/01/2020

I was recently reminded of a new year’s resolution that I made some years ago - one which I’m successfully keeping to this day. Back then, I committed to making the transition towards a greener, more sustainable personal lifestyle. But here’s the clever bit: I figured it would also be OK to carry on pretty much as before with all my current behaviours. So, no really big changes required and certainly no tough decisions to make. Now, maybe it’s just me, but expecting the oil industry to get right behind the energy transition whilst sticking with MER does feel kind of similar.

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