I live in a small village in beautiful Aberdeenshire. We have been known to suffer from power cuts here due to overhead powerline failures, storms and the occasional transformer committing hari-kari. These things do happen so, having had the importance of resilience hammered into me by my dad, who was an electrical supply engineer, I designed my energy system accordingly.
A report from Robert Gordon University has won enthusiastic headlines. By 2030 it foresaw that “the offshore energy workforce mix is expected to change with over 65% of the workforce projected to support low carbon energy activities”.
As we prepare to host the United Nations’ flagship COP26 conference in November, the United Kingdom has a chance to chart a path to a more sustainable future, Building Back Greener from COVID-19 by creating new green jobs. Not only is this job creation central to delivering a sustainable recovery from the pandemic, but a cornerstone of the ambition to ‘level up’ the country as we move forward.
‘Daddy, I’ve written a letter to the Norwegian government!’ announced my 13-year old daughter Bee. When I asked her what it was about, she replied innocuously: ‘I asked the environment minister to stop oil exploration in northern Norway’.
As a young woman taking my first tentative steps into the oil and gas industry, I was acutely aware that I was in the minority.
The cards have been shuffled on the global investment table and all eyes are on Africa, writes Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, CEO of Groupe Filatex.
As it is Decom Week, I was prompted to re-visit whether OPRED had delivered on their commitment to provide a report on the applicability of rigs-to-reefs in UK waters.
Businesses with offshore wind facilities in UK territorial waters must review the immigration status of their workforce now ahead of an anticipated change to the rules.
The subsea industry is being advised to act now to capitalise on the energy transition, with experts warning that the road to net zero is already underway and companies need to meet the change of pace required.
The person in the street may not regard the 19th of May as a date of any real significance.
The United Kingdom is on a journey towards net zero emissions and it will take nothing less than a green industrial revolution to get us there.
The phrase “Energy Transition” is now a central theme in climate change terminology, but transition to what energy sources and over what time period?
This year, the government will host COP26, the UN’s global climate change conference, and share how we will reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Energy Voice’s coverage of an all-subsea development for Clair South took me back to 1981.
Professor Abbie McLaughlin, from the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Chemistry, takes a look at the opportunities presented by a research breakthrough that could enable the widespread use of hydrogen energy to power transport and homes as part of the energy transition.
This year’s Earth Day was cause for optimism in our fight against the climate emergency. With climate change now well and truly upon us, Earth Day 2021 saw the most significant renewal of pledges to tackle the crisis by national governments since the Paris Agreement of 2015.
Picture the scene. You are at a swimming pool. There are two lifeguards on duty. You learn that one of them recently saved the lives of two people, on separate occasions. The second has never had to perform an emergency rescue. But which is the ‘better’ lifeguard?
Last month’s OGUK HSE Conference was inevitably going to involve discussions on Covid. It is inevitable, but also incredible, to reflect on how fast the industry adapted and worked together to manage the pandemic.
A revision to the UK Government’s right to work policy framework is causing bemusement among some businesses – primarily because it may be seen to override some of the safety principles behind the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, says Kelly Hardman, an Edinburgh-based Solicitor at global immigration law firm Fragomen.
A few days ago I happened to wander down the road to Aberdeen Energy Park and then popped into the Core business park development for good measure.
The American novelist and activist James Baldwin said: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”.
I often get asked, “why use biomass for energy when it is more expensive than other renewables?”
Producing blue hydrogen carries a very poor round trip efficiency. Natural gas is reformed to hydrogen, the resultant CO2 emissions are captured and stored, the hydrogen is treated, compressed, stored and distributed to households where it is burned for domestic heating.
Reading political party manifestos is, it must be said, a duty rather than a pleasure. So much verbiage, so little prospect of the vast majority of it ever being fulfilled.