Opinion

Opinion

Could Digital Twins remove doubt from due diligence during M&A?

10/06/2019

In the last year, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the oil & gas sector has shown continued hesitation from the heady days of $100 oil back in 2013. However acquisition activity is showing signs of gaining pace, and may become more aggressive than ever.

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Climate change report slips up on technicalities

07/06/2019

If you’ve read the report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) entitled “Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming” then I hope you’re both as impressed with it as I am, but also horrified.

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Electrolysis may soon compete with CCS

07/06/2019

I read with interest Luke Warren’s (CEO Carbon Capture and Storage Association) article criticising my previous Energy Voice piece where it was stated ‘but Tom misses the essential point about the very nature of CCUS technology when he says we should “bypass CCUS” in order to decarbonise our economy and stimulate investment in hydrogen’.

Opinion

China reaches pivotal moment in its history

07/06/2019

China is at a pivotal moment in its history. Over the last four decades, more than 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Vast megacities have sprung up in less than a generation. Chinese science, innovation, and manufacturing are transforming many countries – making China a true workshop of the world.

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Time to get heated about heating networks

07/06/2019

Heat still accounts for a large proportion of Scotland’s harmful emissions. It is therefore no surprise that the Scottish Government, which has been on the front foot on the climate change journey, has set rigorous targets to reduce the reliance on non-electrical heat sources.

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Firms urged to assess risk exposure to IR35 changes

06/06/2019

A fundamental shake up of the tax rules applying to contractors has the potential to cause increased costs and risks to the oil and gas industry.

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Dounreay clean-up challenge remains

28/05/2019

Confirmation earlier this month that the transfer of 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay to the US has now been completed, is seen as an important milestone in the clean-up of the Caithness site.

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Ukraine could be a new horizon for energy investment

24/05/2019

Ukraine is carrying out reforms in an attempt to become more closely aligned with the European Union - but developing the country is almost impossible without sustainable economic growth and investments.

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Menopause – the workplace issue nobody wants to talk about

16/05/2019

Did you know that around 13 million women in the UK are currently peri- or post-menopausal? The answer is probably not, because despite menopause being an issue that will at some point affect more than half of the population (52% are female), it remains a taboo subject.

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Litigation finance: Unlocking the value of disputes

09/05/2019

The energy sector has long been familiar with disputes, especially lengthy, high-value and high-profile claims. Some of the highest-value arbitral awards in history have arisen from energy-related arbitration.

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Offshore wind ramp-up puts pressure on skills

30/04/2019

With the recent announcement of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the UK is powering towards the goal of ensuring a third of the country’s electricity needs will be provided by offshore wind by 2030.

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Opinion: Visions of cheese

30/04/2019

Whilst we are seeing a clear uptick in activity and the UK oil and gas industry is certainly on the way up again, the industry must continue to move forward. However, under current market conditions, how can companies capitalise on change whilst remaining stable and sustainable and, more importantly, will there be enough return for all?

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