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Days Two and Three of OTC

I came here with a relatively clear diary and an ambition of visiting the show for a few hours every day and going to a variety of cocktail parties and dinners in the evenings. But it hasn't worked out that way - it never does! This year my schedule has filled up even more quickly than it has in the past, and virtually all of my time is spent in meetings at our Huston downtown headquarters and at breakfasts, lunches and dinners with clients and contacts. (note to self - must start the diet and go to the gym when home next week!).

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Brussels and North Sea safety

The UK oil and gas industry is constantly faced with challenges; technology, fiscal, skills retention and other business issues are all part and parcel of our day to day work. But as a major hazard industry, it is the safety of our people that comes before everything else.

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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

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 . . .

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

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!

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

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.