Looking for that step-change inspiration? Try the media

It was with great interest that I read the article by Les Linklater in September's edition of Energy. While the organisation for which he works, Step Change in Safety, is primarily focused on making the UK the safest place in which to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry, the theme of the article - working towards a change in industry culture - resonated with me, and also my CEO, Andrew Kain.


Exercising your way to a healthier working life

A recent report published in the Lancet Medical Journal analysed 13 European studies and followed the working lives and health of nearly 200,000 people. The report concluded that "job strain" could be linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease. It was noted that those who have demanding jobs but little control over how they manage their work were most at risk.


High oil price catalyst for revival of old UK fields

Oh dear, yet another change in the taxation of the North Sea oil and gas market. Last month, George Osborne unveiled further tax breaks to promote more "brownfield" investment, just a year after launching a £2billion tax raid on producers in the UK.


Effective management of supply chain HSEQ vital

Too many companies in the high-risk energy industries are still making assumptions in their contracts management process and are passing on the onus for health and safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) control to their contractors, without checking if these vital processes and procedures are being properly addressed.

Offshore Europe

Marking 40 years of Offshore Europe

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Offshore Europe oil show . . . a perfect excuse if one were needed to celebrate the at times staggering achievements of oil and gas companies out there in the North Sea and beyond and the role that Aberdeen has played throughout.

Oil & Gas

Unpicking the UK’s oil tax regime

After the outcry over the UK Government's 2011 Budget £10billion tax grab, North Sea oil producers have been given a string of allowances to make their investments more viable. Aberdeen University's professor of petroleum economics, Alex Kemp, unpicks the latest tax changes and argues that the debate over future additional allowances will continue


Energy in the South Pacific

I have spent most of the last four months working in the South Pacific - in Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and a few other countries. Someone asked me if I would like to undertake a study on improving energy security in the region and after a few seconds hesitation I agreed. It has been a very enjoyable change from working in Scotland.


King Coal clambers back on to his throne

Coal is often treated as the embarrassing relation of the energy family. Everyone depends on it but would prefer not to say so. It neither courts headlines nor receives plaudits - but without it, the well-worn phrase about the lights going out would soon turn to reality.


Building Great Wall of energy conquest

In my article "Deal or No Deal" (Energy, November, 2011), I highlighted my expectation of increased bid activity from National Oil Companies (NOC's) given their significant sovereign wealth fire-power and the perception that in current volatile markets, there was value to be exploited.