Opinion

Middle East

Iran uncertainty major factor behind OPEC delay

28/06/2019

Uncertainty relating to Iran and the US-China trade war has led volatile oil prices and the postponement of a key OPEC meeting. The recent exchange of words between US and Iranian leaders has not calmed markets.

Opinion

Alexa – how do we achieve gender balance?

20/06/2019

Director of the Oil and Gas Institute, Professor Paul de Leeuw, and Business Analyst, Sumin Kim, tonight join gender balance AXIS Network’s event for a fascinating insight into the data behind the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Skills Landscape report.

Opinion

BP-Greenpeace standoff will have significant economic consequences

19/06/2019

The immediate economic consequences of the BP-Greenpeace standoff over the Vorlich field are obvious: the drilling operations are delayed and, as operations of this type are very costly, only a few days can have a considerable impact.

Opinion

Russia’s power grid ‘easy target’ for US attacks

18/06/2019

A report in the New York Times that the U.S. Cyber Command has intensified secret efforts to hack the Russian power grid is less interesting for its content than because of U.S. officials’ apparent cooperation in publicizing the activity. Like any power grid undergoing a digital transformation, the Russian one is quite hackable – but why would the U.S. want public discussion of the matter?

Opinion

Could Digital Twins remove doubt from due diligence during M&A?

10/06/2019

In the last year, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the oil & gas sector has shown continued hesitation from the heady days of $100 oil back in 2013. However acquisition activity is showing signs of gaining pace, and may become more aggressive than ever.

Opinion

Climate change report slips up on technicalities

07/06/2019

If you’ve read the report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) entitled “Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming” then I hope you’re both as impressed with it as I am, but also horrified.

Opinion

Electrolysis may soon compete with CCS

07/06/2019

I read with interest Luke Warren’s (CEO Carbon Capture and Storage Association) article criticising my previous Energy Voice piece where it was stated ‘but Tom misses the essential point about the very nature of CCUS technology when he says we should “bypass CCUS” in order to decarbonise our economy and stimulate investment in hydrogen’.

Opinion

China reaches pivotal moment in its history

07/06/2019

China is at a pivotal moment in its history. Over the last four decades, more than 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Vast megacities have sprung up in less than a generation. Chinese science, innovation, and manufacturing are transforming many countries – making China a true workshop of the world.

Opinion

Time to get heated about heating networks

07/06/2019

Heat still accounts for a large proportion of Scotland’s harmful emissions. It is therefore no surprise that the Scottish Government, which has been on the front foot on the climate change journey, has set rigorous targets to reduce the reliance on non-electrical heat sources.

Opinion

Firms urged to assess risk exposure to IR35 changes

06/06/2019

A fundamental shake up of the tax rules applying to contractors has the potential to cause increased costs and risks to the oil and gas industry.

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