Opinion

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.

Opinion

Responsible investing in the energy sector

24/02/2020

Disruptive environmental protests from activists like Greta Thunberg and groups such as Extinction Rebellion have dominated the news headlines of late, and with increased government scrutiny on corporate ethics, we are seeing a clear cultural shift when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors.

Opinion

The race is on to power up EV infrastructure

19/02/2020

Accelerating the ban on carbon-emitting cars demonstrates the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change – now the hard work creating a national charging network begins, says Maria Connolly, partner and head of clean energy at UK law firm TLT.

Opinion

Downside to the upturn for subsea sector

11/02/2020

Richard Pugh, Investor at equity investor BGF, discusses why an upturn in the subsea sector may not be plain sailing and outlines why is it crucial to get your funding ducks in a row from the outset.

Coronavirus

Virus to slash Chinese LNG, but US tariff lift could save the day, Rystad says

07/02/2020

The unseasonably warm weather in the northern hemisphere has undercut liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand and, combined with the steady rise of global supply levels, has resulted in record-low prices. Adding insult to injury, the coronavirus epidemic in China has reduced business and industrial activity, with January’s LNG imports dropping by about 10% year on year.

Opinion

NorthConnect: What’s in it for Scotland?

06/02/2020

Towards the end of this year, a final investment decision is due to be taken on the NorthConnect project which by 2024 would import surplus hydro electricity from the Hardanger region of Norway into Scotland, at Boddam, via a 400-mile interconnector.