Opinion

Opinion

Whatever became of UK rigs to reefs study?

10/06/2020

A recent report published by the Ecological Society of America – Forecasting the legacy of offshore oil and gas platforms on fish community structure andproductivity caught my eye. The report presented a model for forecasting fish communities surrounding offshore southern California installations following a series of decommissioning alternatives.

Opinion

IMO 2020: coming up VLSFO

10/06/2020

Six months on from the passage of the IMO 2020 initiative – the International Maritime Organisation ruling that required the marine sector to reduce sulphur emissions by over 80% – how has the market responded to the new position, asks Andy Laven, COO of Sahara Energy Resources DMCC

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Act now, or risk failure: why we must act faster on cleaner energy

08/06/2020

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Government now has a unique opportunity to take action and lead the world in its response to climate change through this period.

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Oil and gas has so much to offer in any recovery

04/06/2020

It’s too soon to know with any certainty how Covid-19 will affect our lives in the weeks, months and even years to come. The true scale of the impact of the pandemic and the measures needed to save lives remains to be seen.

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Protecting investments in times of great crisis

01/06/2020

There is little doubt the first quarter of 2020 will go down in investment history as a “notable” period that investors will remember – alongside others such as 1987’s Black Monday, when US markets fell by more than 20% in one day and the global financial crisis of 2008-9.

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Innovating during a crisis

29/05/2020

When an industry is faced with a collective crisis, demand for new solutions and ways of working increase as challenges are grappled with.

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Beware hydrogen bias

26/05/2020

I recently provided Energy Voice with a couple of articles comparing Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). The superior energy efficiency of the BEV was demonstrated supporting the reason why Volkswagen has stopped development of their passenger FCEV. There is much speculation in the automotive press that Mercedes are about to do the same.

Opinion

The long and winding road to recovery

21/05/2020

In a recent article I described the mechanisms which drive the market structures of backwardation and contango, which explained how and why the market got into negative territory, with a steep contango forward curve.  But having got there, how does that same understanding of market behaviour help us form a view of where we go from here?

Opinion

I’m proud to be a mentor

20/05/2020

Like many things in life, the more you put in, the more you get back, and that’s very much the case when it comes to mentoring.

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Hydrogen key to net-zero, but not a silver bullet

18/05/2020

For good reasons hydrogen is receiving much interest in the upstream business. Hydrogen can be synthesized from fossil fuels and the energy can be extracted with zero carbon emissions – it’s a silver bullet.

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Are there any tax levers left to pull for the UK oil and gas industry?

14/05/2020

Proposals to introduce temporary amendments to the Norwegian upstream tax regime, put to the Norwegian parliament a couple of weeks ago, and included within the Norwegian budget on Tuesday, have added to calls for fiscal change in the UK to support investment in the UKCS and underpin the oilfield services (OFS) supply chain.

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Critical national infrastructure still needs supporting

08/05/2020

It’s extraordinary to think that when we should have been gearing up for the main global oil and gas event of the year, instead we are mostly staying indoors for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean however that we down tools.

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Focusing on the future – what’s next for the oil and gas sector?

07/05/2020

Despite the uncertainties raging around us, as an industry and as individuals we have adapted quickly to the challenges of lockdown. The return to normal may prove a longer, challenging but potentially rewarding path, believes Jon Clark, EY EMEIA Oil & Gas strategy and transactions leader.

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Imagination important as firms look to future

07/05/2020

While the immediate priority is survival, senior management of exploration and production (E&P) companies will also be looking to the future, seeking ways to access the capital required to bring undeveloped oil and gas discoveries into production and lower carbon dioxide emissions.

Opinion

Once in a generation opportunity

07/05/2020

There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the prospects that the “great plague of 2020” will inevitably lead to fundamental changes in both our economy and our society.