Wendy Atkinson discusses the market challenges
Houston. The Bayou City, the USA’S fourth largest city with a population of 5.9 million, energy capital of the world, home of Nasa and the world’s largest medical centre. The statistics are amazing, breath-taking and inspiring – but they could also seem daunting to a Scottish firm looking to internationalise.
Leadercast Live is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to over 100,000 delegates in more than 20 countries around the world.
Since A-day, there is no legislative restriction on who can be a member of a UK registered pension scheme. So in theory, anyone can join a UK scheme regardless of residency.
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question Shell is posing to students in S1 and S2, through The Bright Ideas Challenge, their new cross-curricular schools competition.
Data analysis and reporting is not just a requirement for many companies, it is the only way to measure and improve profitability. And measure that improvement.
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question Shell is posing to secondary students, aged 11-14, through The Bright Ideas Challenge, their new cross-curricular schools competition.
There are many challenges facing the energy sector, and reducing operational costs is just one. When your business specialism requires your people to travel to some of the world’s most inaccessible places, those journeys can often have an appropriate price tag.
What is the difference between Murray Smith, our Sales and Marketing Director based in Leicester, and Alan Fergusson our Employee Benefits Director based in Aberdeen?
The UK’s offshore pipelines and terminals were constructed to export production from the owners’ own oil & gas fields. Although tariff income was generated as third party owned fields were tied-back, that income was small relative to the revenue from the infrastructure owners’ own production. The field owners retained ownership of the infrastructure so that they could control the export route for their existing fields and for discoveries and prospects they may wish to develop in the future.
Where do efficiency savings and productivity gains come from when the obvious wastage is eliminated? When the headcount requires no more than a couple hands and a foot? That’s the question facing many of us now as the black expanse of $30 oil spreads out before us.
The UK’s pension population’s love affair with pensions tax relief started when the Finance Act 1921 introduced tax relief for contributions to occupational pensions. Now, 95 years later, are we about to see the end of the traditional way in which tax relief is given on pension contributions?
It is interesting the way that the meaning of certain words change with time, and ‘retirement’ is certainly a word that evokes a very different meaning nowadays to what it did 40 years ago. David Gibson, consultant, Mattioli Woods plc.
Scottish Cycling is delighted to announce a new sponsorship with leading Scottish commercial law firm Burness Paull. The firm has been named Official Legal Advisor to Scotland’s National Governing Body for cycling and title sponsor of the Scottish team competing in the UK’s premier Track series. Seven riders from Scottish Cycling’s Performance Development programme and four of Scottish Cycling’s Future Stars will be riding alongside stars such as Laura Trott, Geraint Thomas and Katie Archibald in Round 4 of the leading track cycling series under the new team title of Scotland Burness Paull.
Imagine the scene, a blanket of fresh snow on the ground as you walk up to your child’s house, safe in the knowledge you have got this year’s gift for the grandkids in the bag – it’s a winner.
The SkyTech 2016 UAS conference & exhibition has announced its speaker line-up for January’s event.
Helen Dickson, a corporate transactional lawyer with Burness Paull, explains how the offshore contracting industry is being hit by a perfect storm of lower margins, higher risk and squeezed staff numbers.
More young people should be encouraged to pursue apprenticeships as an attractive, viable career path, an industry leader has said. Fraser Rowberry, who heads up BT’s local network business Openreach in Scotland, said any view of apprenticeships being considered a fallback option to university couldn’t be further from the truth.
Full service media and communications company, AVC Media has completed a major project providing video and animation services for world leading project management, engineering and construction company, Technip.
The BP operated Schiehallion field first produced oil in the 90s and was estimated to contain more than 2 billion barrels of oil. In 2011, BP and its partners sanctioned the Quad 204 project which, by replacing the existing FPSO, renewing subsea infrastructure and drilling more wells, made it possible to extend the field life to 2036 or beyond, and produce a further 400mm bbl.
Robin Clarkson and Rona Jamieson of legal firm Burness Paull LLP discuss the challenges and complexities of decommissioning - and the need to take advice at the earliest possible stage to avoid potentially significant pitfalls.
Two companies are leading the way as they look at production efficiency challenges and how they can be overcome in the North Sea oil and gas industry. In a new whitepaper, both EnQuest and Wintershall explain how they are also working on future considerations and development plans within the UKCS.
For oil and gas companies, ensuring staff are able to travel to vital projects is a necessary but expensive operation that every business wishes could be made simpler and cost less. Staff at Wings Travel Management’s Aberdeen office have undertaken an extensive course to help their clients become more efficient in deploying personnel around the globe. The five-strong team of travel specialists is among the first “energy champions” to graduate from the Wings Energy Academy, a unique 12-month educational programme, launched last year by the global oil and gas travel company. Split into four phases, the year-long programme focussed on four different roles in the industry – roughneck, derrick-hand, driller and rig manager. In addition to providing an overall view of industry, the course covered topics such as types of drilling platforms, rotational schedules and what life is like for a rig worker. The final stage required students to study one of their oil and gas clients in detail and identify ways in which Wings could enhance its travel management services to support the client’s business more efficiently.
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