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The case for East Africa

East Africa still seems relatively unloved as a petroleum province and yet it has a number of positive aspects: There is a regional entity, the East African Community , which draws together Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (but not Mocambique). There is a declared ambition to bring energy to the comb ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > East AfricaDIT

New life for the North Sea!

Conventional petroleum provinces in the North Sea range from mature to very mature, and thus it seems that future will be defined in terms of  “marginal discoveries” - the OGA estimates that there are already  ~350 unsanctioned discoveries in the UKCS – and possibly shale oil/gas, with the intriguin ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > North SeaMarginal DiscoveriesUK Shale +1

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

During my 20+ years at Beyond Prudence there were several people who helped me think about my career, what I wanted to do, what I wanted to achieve, how to do it. For example, I recall that Peter O'Brien, David Jenkins, Peter Hill, Chris Wright, John Browne, Rodney Chase, David Pritchard were all ve ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > PeopleActive Career ManagementCost cutting

Fractured resources, fractured hopes!

Earlier this year I was preparing a Finding Petroleum event on the Middle East (it eventually happened on May 16th) with Kurdistan a strong theme, some context being provided by Gulf Keystone Petroleum's financial restructuring, Genel Energy's  reserves downgrading, and lesser incidents with oth ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > KurdistanCarbonateReserves

A sort of AI Quiz!

“Why driverless cars might not hit the road so fast” is an article on LinkedIn by Scott Nyquist who is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company: we are both on the Advisory Board at Kimmeridge Energy LLC.   I guess you can only access it if you are registered on LinkedIn but basically he is predicti ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Autonomous Vehicles

Continuing need for joined-up thinking in the North Sea!

Our 23rd June 2017 Finding Petroleum Decommissioning Forum illustrated how the decommissioning industry in the UK North Sea is moving into a new gear - applying onshore decommissioning experience to offshore projects, improving the information flows, removing obstructions to business transactions (s ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > North SeaDecommissioningMarginal Discoveries +1

Don't hold your breath!

A couple of weeks ago I decided not to renew, after 2 or 3 years, my subscription to the New Scientist , the weekly magazine with a broad science and technology scope. Why did I do that? Well, I was dis-enchanted with their Guardian-esque, left-leaning views, the focus on R&D and innovation from a ...

David Bamford


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Renewable EnergyFossil FuelsAl Gore

How are Upstream Oil & Gas companies succeeding in this volatile and highly competitive environment?

The ‘lower for longer' oil price has forced upstream Oil & Gas companies to look hard at their costs. Every industry faces pressure to transform and we all know that transformation begins by aligning an organisation for greater effectiveness. We also know that this can largely be achieved by pla ...

Marcus Kelly - TouchstoneEnergy


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > TouchstoneSOCO Internationaloil price +6

Oil and Gas Job Search in the Digital Age: Part 2, Think Worldwide

Through the click of a mouse we are all now able to connect and work with people from around the world. This is no different when hiring  oil and gas industry professionals  who can now work remotely on projects without having to travel to a client's office. For oil & gas consultants the working wor ...

Phil Houston


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > Engineering specialistsoil & gas consultantsoil and gas consulting +7

Striking out into new territory: The African E&P landscape

The development of African businesses is not new, but the appetite for the African market is growing, and businesses are rapidly adding to their oil and gas portfolios by acquiring or discovering wells across Africa. For SMEs and MEs, now is the time to consider an African venture. Whether they're ...

Louise Rock-West - Progressive TSL


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > africa oil and gasAfrica EnergyFinance +3

Progressive TSL profiles: Marianne Walcot

This is the second in a series of profiles on Progressive TSL, a series of short interviews that introduce you to some of the people behind Progressive TSL. Marianne is the Founder and COO of Progressive TSL; she talks with us about the company's origins and plans for the future. When was Progre ...

Louise Rock-West - Progressive TSL


Posted 11 months agoOpinion > Progressive TSLOil and Gas InterviewsOil and Gas +7

Why oil and gas businesses are turning to BankLinks for Business (B4B) for streamlined bank payments.

Recently, Progressive TSL has seen increased interest in the complementary tools we offer alongside our core Infor SunSystems solution to streamline processes. Here we discuss the benefits of using BankLinks for Business (B4B) to save your business time and money when making electronic payments. ...

Louise Rock-West - Progressive TSL


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > BankingaccountancyNorth Sea +5

The Business Opportunity in Decommissioning Planning

With the decommissioning projects undertaken so far in the North Sea, many contractors have come out poorly because they did not properly understand the task ahead of them, says Greg Coleman of Petromall. Conversely, there should be business opportunities for companies who can help better plan, or ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > DecommissioningNorth Sea

The World is Warming and Quickly

Greg Coleman writes: It is clear from the latest update from NASA that 2016 was the warmest year in centuries. Many argue whether it is due to people or natural but the rise is clear. We need to do something about this or the inevitable consequences of rising sea levels, storms infringing on coas ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Climate ChangesSatellite Data

Good management is the best way to cut decommissioning costs

Everyone is aware of the spiralling estimates of how much decommissioning will cost – perhaps the best way to solve it can be simply expressed as ‘good management', says Graham Scotton As we keep hearing, the estimates of the costs of decommissioning the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure keep go ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > DecommissioningNorth Sea
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