Opinion

Opinion

Offshore wind: A low-carbon winner in the making

08/11/2019

For the past 20-plus years I’ve watched the birth of offshore wind power in the North Sea, starting with small turbines planted in water so shallow that it seemed almost possible to wade out to them.

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Is there a future in the UKCS?

04/11/2019

I was born in 1976. It was a decade that was not only phenomenal but also transformational for the oil and gas industry.

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Resuming electricity imports from Russia: A very risky business for Ukraine

30/10/2019

Energy is particularly important to Ukraine. It is not simply a matter of ensuring consumers and businesses have the energy they need, at the right price. Or that the country is fulfilling its international obligations in transitioning towards a more sustainable, renewables based, energy system. Energy is also absolutely fundamental to our national security and the nature of our relationships with our neighbours.

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Retrofitting to improve asset performance – the opportunities and challenges

24/10/2019

With the Feed-in Tariff now closed to new applicants (from 1 April 2019), the Smart Export Guarantee currently under consultation with a government busy with the Brexit agenda, stubbornly high costs of entry to new entrants (such as high grid upgrade costs), the required rates of return for investors have not been reached and as a result there has been a noticeable slowdown in the roll-out of new renewables projects.

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Windows 7 – preparing for ‘end of life’

24/10/2019

Benjamin Franklin said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” and, whilst this is a very frequently-quoted phrase which many of us in business will have heard countless times, it has never been more pertinent writes Bruce Skinner, Director of Alto.

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Time to forge links between oil decommissioning and aquaculture

21/10/2019

It’s not often that the aquaculture and energy sectors are talked about in the same sentence in Scotland. Yet, in Norway, for example, salmon is often considered to be the long-term replacement for oil and gas as the linchpin of the country’s economy.

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Is oil and gas production such a bad thing?

15/10/2019

In my position as a university lecturer, a parent and as a friend to many younger people, it is clear that a large portion believe that fossil fuels are bad.

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Businesses face disruption with end of Windows 7

15/10/2019

Benjamin Franklin said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” and, whilst this is a very frequently-quoted phrase which many of us in business will have heard countless times, it has never been more pertinent writes Bruce Skinner, Director of Alto.

Opinion

Natural selection in energy transition

14/10/2019

While the shift from hydrocarbons to renewables is far from smooth, investment opportunities in the generation, service and utility markets are proliferating as the sector landscape evolves.

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Work harder for next generation on climate change

11/10/2019

The Aberdeen-based Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is setting up a unit called the Net Zero Solution Centre with the aim of “accelerating technologies and their deployment” and helping turn the UKCS into the world’s first net-zero carbon basin.

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Blown away by the opportunities in offshore wind

10/10/2019

With the Crown Estate’s recent announcement of offshore wind leasing round four, there is a fantastic opportunity for offshore wind developers to get involved in the first leasing round of its type in more than 10 years.

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How to increase accountability in the workplace

10/10/2019

Encouraging accountability in the workplace with the ultimate goal of creating an organisation characterised by responsibility, motivation and engagement is a matter of cultivating positive behaviours and discouraging negative ones.

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