You know what they say? Be careful what you wish for.
Sanjoy Sen sets out the case for certainty in the North Sea taxation regime in the wake of last month's windfall tax announcement.
On the 24th February, the first of many Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. And as Brian Wilson noted last week, some uncomfortable realities have kicked in here and across Europe.
How best to describe Scotland’s current energy predicament? Well, no-one can resist a football analogy - and inspiration duly came as I tuned in to the recent World Cup play-off draw.
Hopes that Aberdeen could soon be home to an oil rig tourist attraction are unlikely to come to being in the near term, a local campaigner has claimed.
News that the UK government is pondering a North Sea exploration ban has been met with howls of protest – mostly from those who’ve talked a good energy transition but haven’t done very much about it. But re-focusing the sector via progressive change to the licensing regime isn’t “virtue signaling”, as one industry insider put it. It’s downright essential - and long overdue.
Question: Was Aberdeen right to order a new fleet of hydrogen-powered double-decker buses - or was Coventry right to go electric instead?
‘If a roomful of middle-aged, middle-class, middle managers can’t crack this diversity thing, then, quite frankly, who can?’
Aberdeen recently played host to another diversity and inclusion (D&I) event.
I was recently reminded of a new year’s resolution that I made some years ago - one which I’m successfully keeping to this day. Back then, I committed to making the transition towards a greener, more sustainable personal lifestyle. But here’s the clever bit: I figured it would also be OK to carry on pretty much as before with all my current behaviours. So, no really big changes required and certainly no tough decisions to make. Now, maybe it’s just me, but expecting the oil industry to get right behind the energy transition whilst sticking with MER does feel kind of similar.