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Gender equality will make your business stronger

08/03/2019

Today is International Women’s Day. Across the globe, it’s a day for honouring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - and this year it marks a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

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Cyber Attacks – A threat that is here to stay

07/03/2019

With the exponential growth of Internet users in the last ten years comes two potential problems that organisations and individuals connected to the web need to be aware of; privacy and cyber security.

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Planning for uncertainty

06/03/2019

“To be honest, looking at things right now, I haven’t got the foggiest idea what is going to happen in the coming weeks…”

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New finds add to confidence over shelf life

04/03/2019

We’ve had encouraging exploration news recently with two exciting discoveries, Glendronach and Glengorm, proving that significant oil and gas resources still exist on the UK Continental Shelf.

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Is your workforce shutdown ready?

14/02/2019

As we move into the time of year where many organisations will be conducting shutdowns, TAR’s or outages for planned and essential maintenance work to be performed, the scopes of work to be delivered during that time mean that it is critical that both workforce and leaders are not just capable but also motivated to engage with the safe delivery of the project.

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Localisation is key to meeting oil and gas supply chain export targets

14/02/2019

Ambitious targets have been set for the UK’s oil and gas supply chain to double the value of its £11bn export market in the next two decades. But, if this key element of the Vision 2035 strategy is to be delivered, it’s time to start having honest conversations about why some international ventures underachieve or fail completely.

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SAC report ‘could do better’ on decom

11/02/2019

As someone who provided written evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, The future of the oil and gas industry, I attended the launch of the final report at an Oil and Gas Technology Centre session on Monday, February 4th.

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Renewables imperative for subsea innovation

11/02/2019

Back in the day – the late ’ 90s – a project called the Zero Surface Facilities Initiative was set up between a collection of operators and contractors known as the Atlantic Margin Joint Industry

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Addressing the offshore industry skills gap through legal education

11/02/2019

Currently, more than a third of global oil and gas production comes from offshore fields. The exploration, development, construction, production, logistics, maintenance and decommissioning operations of these fields are carried out with maritime units, including offshore vessels, installations (fixed, floating and subsea) and pipelines. For many countries, the offshore industry is contributing significantly to the national and global economy.

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Tech and the climate agenda – two key themes from Davos 2019

07/02/2019

Technology is finally high on the CEO agenda at Davos. This year’s theme, Globalization 4.0., was heavily peppered with conversations about digital technology and how it’s currently reshaping major multinationals’ operating models. In such a world, the supply chain has to reshape business models to survive, then flourish.

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Where is technology leading us?

06/02/2019

Global oil and gas executives are preparing to accelerate investments in digital technologies, with the main goal of furthering their cost-saving ambitions.

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Living longer in the North Sea – modern innovations for mature assets

30/01/2019

The past year has marked a significant milestone in the North Sea’s history, with one of the world’s largest oil producers, Shell, celebrating 50 years of North Sea production and predicting a positive outlook for the next 50. This renewed positivity and optimism has been reaffirmed recently with the likes of Gannet E coming back online, Buzzard restarting output and production from new fields, including Garten and Clair.

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Oversold Lithium Could Be About To Rally

29/01/2019

It's been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we've seriously underestimated lithium. It's back with a vengeance in 2019.

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If you can’t spot talent, you shouldn’t be a manager

28/01/2019

Recent press on a skills shortage for the oil and gas industry prompted me to share my views on graduate training and recruitment. It is focused on my own discipline Chemical (Process) Engineering, a key skill for the oil and gas industry.

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