Opinion

Opinion

Upstream oil and gas in an uncertain world

26/03/2020

Green shoots in the oil and gas market predicted at the start of 2020 have fallen by the wayside. It was meant to be the year when the industry, particularly in Europe, got serious about ESG credentials and planning for a carbon free future.

Opinion

Net-zero energy: How oil and gas fits in

25/03/2020

‘Put a tiger in your tank.’ - The public face of oil and gas looks very different today from the end of the last century, when this popular slogan reappeared. In the past messaging has laid the blame for manmade climate change at the feet of the oil and gas sector.  As an industry we have never shied away from our responsibilities to operate, and that does not change today but there is drive and energy to ensure that we operate in a more sustainable manner. The UK’s 2050 commitment to net-zero carbon emissions will spur wider change, creating new sources of energy and new opportunities.

Coronavirus

Big Oil’s triple whammy

20/03/2020

It has become clear to me that the oil and gas industry is not just confronted by the perfect storm, rather it is the perfect hurricane.

Coronavirus

Being logical about oil and gas contracts amid the coronavirus outbreak

10/03/2020

As cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) increase around the world, industry continues to experience the effects. In particular, Chinese manufacturers in some areas have stopped operations due to factory shutdowns which in turn is starting to affect supply chains. As lead times catch up with supply constraints we expect this to become problematic in the weeks to come.

Opinion

A Budget to achieve net zero?

10/03/2020

This is a Budget like no other in recent times. Delayed due to a surprise general election, the first under Prime Minister Johnson, being delivered by a Chancellor appointed less than a month ago, and happening within a challenging geopolitical and economic environment.

Opinion

D&I: Reasons to be Cheerful

06/03/2020

As tonic for tumultuous times, erstwhile frontman of the band Talking Heads and renaissance man David Byrne launched a website and social media presence called Reasons to be Cheerful.

Opinion

Scotland’s oil and gas sector should prepare for evolution, not revolution

05/03/2020

We’re just days away from the UK Budget and this year’s spending plans are leaving us all questioning what to expect.  With a new Chancellor, a new majority Conservative government, the build-up to COP26, and a flurry of Brexit transition negotiations, there’s a lot of second-guessing about the UK’s direction of travel after March 11.

Opinion

Maintaining the bedrock of the energy industry’s future

05/03/2020

I joined the oil and gas industry more than two decades ago, in a year of low oil prices. Securing a job with an energy consultancy felt like a great prize, especially considering that the majority of my fellow geology graduates had chosen to take a different path; largely unrelated to their degrees.

Opinion

Going beyond greenwashing

03/03/2020

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group has pledged to stop lending and offering underwriting services to major oil and gas producers if they do not have credible transition plans in line with Paris climate agreement targets.

Opinion

How we resource oil and gas projects has to change

25/02/2020

Skills shortages have plagued the cyclical oil and gas industry for decades and it seems that lessons from the past are never learnt. As we emerge from one of the deepest and longest downturns in our history, yet another skills gap is looming and, this time, a confluence of factors will make it imperative that the industry radically changes the way it resources projects.

Oil & Gas

Offshore bio-hydrogen: Worth a look?

24/02/2020

Hydrogen as an energy vector is receiving much more media and scientific press attention. I am a keen proponent of hydrogen as a key enabler for decarbonising heat and power but I have difficulty with the proposed schemes for hydrogen production offshore – as reported by Energy Voice, December 2019.

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