Opinion

Opinion

Geothermal is heating up for net zero energy solutions

31/08/2020

Small-scale geothermal energy projects have operated in the UK for decades, but wider adoption has lagged due to a combination of factors including cost, subsurface risk and the technologies required.

Opinion

Why Mauritius oil spill is big problem for oil industry

24/08/2020

Don’t dismiss the leak of oil from the MV Wakashio that ran aground last month on a reef off the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius so quickly. The volume lost may seem tiny, but its location, mixed with other pressures already faced by the oil industry, means that it will have an impact far beyond its size.

Opinion

Solar, wind and batteries are all grown up

20/08/2020

While driving in Maryland last week, I passed a 13.6 megawatt solar project completed four years ago. At the time it was built it was on the larger side for the Mid-Atlantic region; a decade earlier, it would have been one of the very largest projects under construction in the entire country.

Opinion

Where is the bio-fuels lobby?

18/08/2020

Last week Philip Dunne MP, Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), wrote to BEIS Secretary Alok Sharma requesting support for developing a Hydrogen Strategy.

Opinion

No port in a storm: Hell or High Water clauses during Covid-19

17/08/2020

With COVID-19 continuing to bring business disruption even as global lockdowns ease, the impact on the energy sector has prompted a review of existing contracts and serious repercussions for any negotiations returning to the table.

Opinion

Embrace hydrogen to achieve net zero

14/08/2020

Large-scale hydrogen storage can enable the rise of renewables while bringing benefits to local authorities, transport companies and electricity suppliers.

Opinion

Curlew – a decom object lesson

10/08/2020

I’m baffled by the Curlew decommissioning saga that will now see the life-expired FPSO be dismantled in Norway rather than via the original arrangement whereby it was to be prepped in Dundee prior to being towed to Turkey for chopping up.

Promoted

Successful innovation requires good corporate governance

07/08/2020

The energy industry is in the midst of a deep and wide-ranging digital transformation.  While Covid-19 and lower oil and gas prices have disrupted many investment programmes, the direction of travel is clear – the industry needs to continue to invest in innovation and the development and deployment of new processes and technologies.   Not to do so risks being left behind.

Opinion

Digital projects to reduce costs and offshore manning levels are progressing

05/08/2020

Despite its rich heritage of engineering ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, the oil and gas industry has been traditionally slow to adopt new technology. However, following the protracted downturn in recent years, this changed dramatically with companies much more open to collaborate on new technology and keen to embrace digital innovation in a bid to reduce costs and deliver ever-greater efficiencies.

Opinion

Danger of a China crisis

05/08/2020

In the world of geopolitics, it is remarkable how quickly a valued business partner can turn into the object of suspicion and candidate for sanction. The UK’s relationship with China now hangs in that delicate balance.

Opinion

Let’s use oil rig museum as platform to re-invent Aberdeen

31/07/2020

As someone who has previously run for parliament, allow me to attempt a typical politician’s response. Converting a redundant oil platform into a major Aberdeen tourist attraction is a great idea which I support. Or, then again, perhaps not. It’s definitely one of the two. There: that’s my bases covered.

Oil & Gas

The oil market continues its cautious rally but more uncertainty lies ahead

24/07/2020

For the oil markets, the first half of the year saw extraordinary swings in supply and demand, culminating in what is now thought to have been a staggering 22mbbpd of oversupply in April as OECD economies headed into lockdown  and OPEC+ cuts dissolved. Demand fell to 78mmbpd and Saudi Arabia pumped an additional 1.6mmbpd, driving Brent down to under $10/bbl on April 21st and briefly pushing the WTI futures contract into negative territory.

Opinion

Policy vacuum risks blowing Scotland’s net zero carbon drive off course

24/07/2020

Scotland will struggle to reach its net zero carbon targets unless Holyrood takes a swift and stronger grip on planning policy surrounding the deployment of taller turbine models, as well as a permissive approach to repowering of first-generation onshore windfarms with the latest technology.

Opinion

Concerns growing over firth’s rig system

21/07/2020

There has long been an easy way to monitor the health of the offshore oil industry. If the Cromarty Firth is hosting no drilling rigs, or only a few, then it’s in good shape.

Opinion

Heartened by new opportunities

21/07/2020

In recent times, trading conditions have been exceptionally difficult for many of us, especially in the upstream offshore construction sector.  The word “unprecedented” may be over-used but it remains relevant and accurate in describing the turbulent world in which we operate writes Aidan Thirsk, sales engineer at Zupt.