"The Queen pays her interns, Keith Vaz does not - there is no political predictability about who will fleece new graduates."
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.
Offshore accounted for about 32% of total world oil output in 2011 and some 24% of gas production. Both shares have increased slowly over the past decade.
The decision by RWE and E.ON to pull the plug on nuclear new-build in the UK is a product of German politics and priorities. However, it raises serious issues for energy policy that need to be addressed with some urgency.
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.
Leadership, communication and teamwork are buzzwords that are banded about a lot within our industry. It is sad fact that all too often familiarity breeds contempt and over time there is a danger that we can forget why these things were important in the first place.
Of important significance to the oil and gas industry, the Government is due to introduce a "Patent Box" regime to encourage companies with high-tech assets to locate their base in the UK.
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.
ON SUNDAY March 25, Total lost control of a rogue well in the Elgin-Franklin field complex, 240km (150 miles) east of Aberdeen, precipitating a crisis that will end up costing the French group billions of dollars in lost revenues but which has so far not cost any lives.
We have a problem. Put bluntly there are now far too many indigenous companies getting snapped up by overseas buyers.
After the debacle of the UK's 2011 Budget which contributed to a significant fall in activity over the last year, it's great to be able to report on the positive developments for the industry coming out of the 2012 iteration.
Is oil the new Greece? That's the question currently being asked by many market analysts.
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.
For too long, some have perceived the UK's oil and gas contractor sector as the silent partner in contracting relationships.
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?
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.
One of the few certainties about the Green Investment Bank which is due to open its doors later this year is that it will not be short of prospective customers.
The new measures for oil and gas not only represent a reversal of the acknowledged “faux pas” in last year’s budget but also recognise the contribution the industry can and is making to the UK’s economic growth.
“I’m right aren’t I that the £10billion tax grab (announced a year back) hasn’t been reversed?,”
A year ago the industry was reeling in shock at a surprise £10billion tax grab on oil and gas producers.
It is not necessary to be a raging opponent of the European Union and its works to believe that sometimes it becomes involved in matters that are better left to the discretion of national governments.
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.
The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament have asked me to submit evidence to their current inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets.
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.
When we trust someone to perform a task on our behalf it is natural to expect them to deliver. When we trust scores of suppliers to deliver hundreds of services, often across the globe, it gets a bit more complicated.