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Gas Wars – shaking up the industry

A few years ago if someone had suggested that conventional offshore gas field development programmes and the LNG market would soon be under threat from shale gas they would have been thought at best eccentric and at worst suffering from some sort of delusionary illness.

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Pulling Up the Stumps

30/04/2012

Offshore Oil & Gas production is an infrastructure intensive activity. The UK North Sea is estimated to be home to around 10million tonnes of steel and concrete making up the 470 installations, 5,000 wells, and 6,000 miles (9,656km) of pipeline laid to date.

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Smile please . . .

30/04/2012

May is National Smile Month and we're all being encouraged to smile and show off our gleaming teeth as part of an oral health campaign organised by the British Dental Foundation.

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Has trust been restored? Let us hope so

01/04/2012

As the dust settles on another budget, and the "Granny Tax" occupies fewer column inches, it is good to reflect on where we are in the evolution of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) fiscal regime.

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A meaty question!

01/04/2012

Over the past few weeks there have been numerous articles in the media about the dangers of eating red meat. Some were quite scary with headlines such as "Eating red meat kills!" So where does the truth lie and should we cut back on our consumption of red meat?

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Decom mirage giving way to hard reality

01/04/2012

I have read many reports on the UKCS decommissioning market over the last decade, as many other people in the industry must also have done. All have proved to be wildly inaccurate in relation to both the size and timing of the market, which has been very much smaller than predicted.

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Why Trump is very wrong

I really wanted to write about shale gas economics and practicalities this month because there's a lot that needs saying. However, I'm really going to have to sort this bloke Donald Trump out because he seems to be under the strange delusion that a golf course is more important than Scotland's industrial future.

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Are LNG’s days numbered?

A decade or so ago, liquefied natural gas was fast becoming the big strategic play in the natural gas industry. It had the potential to make big money in a world of shrinking energy resources and mounting environmental pressure to cut dependency on coal for firing power stations, especially among OECD nations.

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Iraq . . . a minefield of complexities

05/03/2012

One of the fascinating aspects of working in the oil and gas industry is its political context. Take Iraq, a country in which we are doing an increasing amount of work. Iraq could fairly be described as one of the most vibrant and, at the same time, the most legally unstable, hydrocarbon jurisdictions in the world today. Just consider that:

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