Opinion

Opinion

New AREG members give added diversity to energy mix

10/01/2019

It has been a very positive 12 months for Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) as we have seen our membership rise with an increase in the number of companies supporting both the offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors.

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Investing in Norway doesn’t have to be taxing

10/01/2019

With recent reports of several new development plans on the horizon for Norway, the Norwegian energy industry is anticipating a promising three to four years of activity ahead. Wider areas of Norway are now being explored, including the West Barents Sea, and discoveries such as Johan Sverdrup and the extension of the Norne field by the Cape Vulture discovery, along with the Johan Castberg, will require new thinking and, in turn, attract new companies to enter the market.

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Complacency about domestic gas supply ‘simply wrong’

07/01/2019

This cold New Year’s week brought news that LNG imports to the UK in December were at their highest level in more than three years, with more LNG arriving in the fourth quarter of last year than in the rest of the year combined.

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Act now – while there are no leaves on trees

07/01/2019

We’ve all done it – sat in conferences, listening to inspiring keynotes, making notes about things you know will change how you work, how happy and motivated your workforce will be, how much money you’ll make.

Opinion

Oil is at the mercy of financial markets

04/01/2019

Oil prices regained more ground on Wednesday, pushed higher after equity markets rebounded from an initial selloff at the start of 2019 trading.

Opinion

TechX – Pioneering and accelerating

04/01/2019

2018 saw us celebrating the successful culmination of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s (OGTC) inaugural technology accelerator programme, TechX Pioneers.

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Bayesian networks and subsea: managing integrity and reliability risk

04/01/2019

If high levels of safety and environmental protection in the subsea oil and gas sector are to be maintained, then understanding the risks involved is more important than ever. That was the view highlighted by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in 2016.

Opinion

Has oil’s demise been greatly exaggerated?

03/01/2019

I often speak to people who are concerned about how long the oil industry will last and have the misconception that its demise is just around the corner.

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What now? It’s all in the recovery factors

03/01/2019

In last year’s end of year opinion piece for Energy Voice, I talked about the realignment of the oil and gas industry. I opined that the sector is not in a cycle as we know it, but rather, in a shift of mentality to one that is nimbler, more innovative in attitude with plenty of upside potential.

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Revived zeal for tech development a silver lining to downturn

02/01/2019

The downturn in the oil and gas industry has been well documented but the upside – and there is one - has been the incredible amount of work that is taking place in Aberdeen in supporting and nurturing a new generation of tech start ups who have the potential to ensure the UK has a sustainable hydrocarbon industry for years to come.

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Brexit, the Energy Charter Treaty and Achmea: A ray of light?

02/01/2019

In our Solar Wars series of articles we considered the numerous claims brought against Spain, Italy and other EU Member States under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), brought by investors following the curtailment of those states' renewable incentive schemes.

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Scottish ports on the crest of a wave

02/01/2019

You may be relieved to know that this is not an article about Brexit. However, every cloud has a silver lining - because the last six months of Brexit-related debate have in fact seen the UK’s ports sector attract an unusual amount of political, and therefore public, attention.

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Oil and gas needs to meet other sectors on digitalisation

31/12/2018

There is a burgeoning sense of optimism sweeping the sector and the market feels much stronger than it did 12 months ago. The industry is definitely starting to recover and rebuild itself following three years of weak prices and significant cost pressures.

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What sort of Christmas tree is it anyway?

28/12/2018

It may surprise you to learn that Christmas trees can be confusing things – especially in the world of finance writes Alex Drummond, Managing Director, Drummond Finance.

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Cautious optimism for the year ahead

28/12/2018

In the era of Trump and Brexit it’s a risky business trying to second guess what the future might hold, especially when it comes to the UK ‘s often volatile oil and gas sector. There are, however, some developments we can look back on from the last 12 months in trying to assess what might lie in store over the course of 2019.

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