News of thousands of wind turbine blades in the US being cut up and sent to landfill as the only practical means of disposal was reported recently.
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.
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.
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.
The announcement by the UK Government last month that it intends to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 may well be a distraction from the utter mess it’s making of the arrangements for the United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year.
The UK’s new points-based immigration system from January 2021 will impact how energy businesses recruit, onboard and retain non-UK workers at all levels of skill and experience.
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.
The parallels between offshore oil and gas and Formula 1 might not be immediately apparent to all. As a sport, Formula 1 has always been a passion of mine.
‘If a roomful of middle-aged, middle-class, middle managers can’t crack this diversity thing, then, quite frankly, who can?’
Aberdeen recently played host to another diversity and inclusion (D&I) event.
Through all the buzzwords and jargon, we all recognise the value that the widespread adoption and effective application of digital technology will have in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Energy Voice has been running regular articles about the pending HMRC changes that will see the current IR35 arrangement altered to prevent, we are told, tax avoidance.
Across the energy landscape hydrogen is generating a buzz, with major players praising its decarbonisation potential.
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.
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.
The quality of the customer experience in the UK energy sector is a topic that attracts increasing attention, manifesting itself in a range of consumer surveys and press commentary.
How refiners are using digital technologies to become more profitable
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.
Based on his recent MSc research at Cranfield University, Dr Bill Robb of Safety Improvers, proposes that human factors applications could be even more effective.
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.
As BP Plc’s new chief delivers his vision to transform the company on Wednesday, investors and activists want to know just how much appetite he has to take on the existential crisis facing the oil industry.
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.
Even before the deadly virus struck, another menace confronted the global energy industry: the warmest winter anyone can remember.
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.
Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold.
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.