In the interest of continuous safety improvements we need to demonstrate an interest in every employee’s safety within the industry – not just our own.
The UK's shale gas reserves have featured prominently in the news in recent weeks following several important announcements which have sought to illustrate and, ultimately, unlock the potential of this energy source locked deep beneath our feet.
It is hoped that the strike prices will help give investors the confidence needed to provide the early investment need for major new infrastructure projects, writes Keith Patterson of Brodies.
Fergus Ewing, Energy Minister, and Ian Couper, Energy North chief executive, give their views on the steering group.
Listening to safety workers as they read aloud the names inscribed in granite beneath Sue Jane Taylor's Piper Alpha memorial, I was overcome with emotion, writes Les Linklater.
This week Ofgem will examine a whole range of options – put forward by a specialist panel – on how generators might be charged in the future, with the opportunity to make a more level playing field for renewables, writes Martin McAdam
The Government has published its consultation document on the use of offshore employment intermediaries - and this has significant implications for employers in the oil and gas sector, writes Sean Saluja.
Ken Milliken of KPMG explores why oil and gas companies could learn lessons about reputational and commercial fallout from high profile supply chain breakdowns like this year’s horsemeat scandal...
The SNP’s energy minister Fergus Ewing is not listening to reasonable requests for a public inquiry into the events that led to the failure of the coal sector, warns Willie Rennie.
Obesity is a big problem for the oil & gas sector and, like the size of offshore workers, it's growing, writes Verity Clark. But what does a heavier workforce mean for an employer?
There is enormous pressure in many countries to make illegal or undisclosed payments in order to win exploration licences, writes Tony Mackay.
With so many voices out there, the landscape has become confusing for those trying to get into the industry, writes David Doig.
While EU Directives are not meant to make life more difficult, certain countries may prohibit disclosure, causing some companies to have no option but to withdraw from projects, warns Penelope Warne.
A report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in June officially ranked the Gulf of Guinea as the world's most piracy-infested waters.
Tax avoidance and tax evasion have become sustained banner headlines, writes Derek Leith.
When the Energy Bill was published in May last year, I wrote here that it seemed a decent attempt to address the intractable challenge of how to incentivise the switch to low carbon generation while at the same time keeping the lights on and the bills just about affordable.
Ed Davey - UK secretary of state for energy and climate change - has made my day. I was mulling over what to write about for the July issue of Energy but then up popped Ed with the announcement that he's going to have another review of how to maximise the economic benefits of North Sea oil and gas.
Last Friday, a team from Eurocopter met the North Sea oil and gas industry's Step Change Helicopter Safety Steering Group to discuss a set of measures that the company feels will get currently grounded EC225 helicopters back to work.
Lack of infrastructure and the challenge of getting renewable electricity from Scotland’s islands to market remain major obstacles to growth, writes Orkney MSP Liam McArthur
With the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster drawing near, the on-going commitment to health and safety is rightly at the forefront of the industry's collective consciousness.
The Piper Alpha disaster – still the world’s worst offshore industrial tragedy – changed the lives of the loved ones of all on board and it brought about fundamental changes to the way Scotland’s offshore industry treated the health and safety of its workers, writes Alex Salmond.
We were delighted to be able to accept the invitation and go to Melbourne in person to explain our joint approach to Process Safety and why we believe the Energy Industry is still struggling to avoid catastrophic incidents.
As the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster approaches, it provides not only a time to reflect on the terrible tragedy but also an opportunity to look forward, writes David Mundell
It was 24 years ago, almost to the day, when I spent my first night offshore on-board the Tharos support vessel. I had just finished my first shift on Claymore as part of a commissioning squad preparing for first oil post the Piper tragedy. In the days to come I would be caught up in the industrial action that dominated our offshore life and the headlines in 1989.
One of the most common questions asked by customers is which type of Control of Work system will deliver the best results – paper-based or electronic? The answer is always the same: that there is no absolute answer.