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Can oil tech increase productivity enough to save the industry?

Thanks to changing consumer and industry behaviours, it's likely that the demand for oil will begin to decrease sharply within 10 years. That means the race is on to improve upstream productivity. Industry experts and others such as economist John Mills , Robert Gordon and Christian Odendahl ...

Scott Johnson


Posted 5 months agoOpinion > upstreamtrendsProductivity +2

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 5 months agoOpinion > BankingaccountancyNorth Sea +5

Building a prosperous and free Somalia through the Rule of Law

Opinion article by His Excellency Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, The Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources of The Federal Republic of Somalia As Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no r ...

Aydanur Akkurt - Africa Oil & Power


Posted 5 months agoOpinion > SomaliaLawOil Blocks +5

Spotlight on SPE Offshore Europe 2019

On the 3 rd September I will be taking the journey north to Aberdeen, Scotland, where the SPE Offshore Europe conference will be held. Gathering together an array of experts and leaders across the oil and gas sector's entire value chain, the conference sets out to explore some of the trends, pat ...

Danabek Zhanayev - WMG


Posted 5 months agoOpinion > aberdeen oil and gasAberdeenArtificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas +6

Are oil companies doing enough for local fishing communities?

Oil, especially upstream, is a tough business and potentially impacts not just on the environment but also on communities. There is a tendency to think that oil companies don't do enough to counter the fears of local people. But is that really true? Outside of the oil business, companies, and thei ...

Scott Johnson


Posted 5 months agoOpinion > OilFishingCSR +2

In shipping industry, where over-the-road trucks consume huge amounts of oil and gas, a business case for incorporating solar panels

By Michael Notarangeli, Executive Vice President Logistics, Maine Pointe Long-term speculation on the future  of the oil and gas industry, along with environmental concerns, has led to intensified interest in alternative energy sources, such as solar. In the shipping industry, where over-the-road ...

Michael Notarangeli


Posted 6 months agoOpinion > Maine PointeSolar Panelsupply chain logistics +2

Keeping the oil business in the family

The oil industry is a constant source of stories for the media but one aspect still takes a back seat: the role of family oil businesses, and the unique challenges they face. This is a surprise in an era where people are starting to recognise the positive and vital role played in economies round t ...

Scott Johnson


Posted 6 months agoOpinion > Oilfamily businessUnited Kingdom +1

Uganda’s Second Oil and Gas Licensing Round Will Attract Investment, Infrastructure Development

The country's second oil and gas licensing round for the exploration of five blocks in the Albertine Graben – Uganda – aims to increase international investment into Uganda's oil-rich energy sector, with the government expecting to sign Production Sharing Agreements and issue exploration licenses t ...

Aydanur Akkurt - Africa Oil & Power


Posted 6 months agoOpinion > UgandaLicencing RoundFrank Mugisha +6

Will Brexit affect the UK oil industry?

This week the UK took one step closer to Brexit with the appointment of Boris Johnson as prime minister. While most in the oil and gas industry remain calm about Brexit, some investors involved in activities such as logistics and technology like Tom Chapman , Greg Herrera and Susan McDonald , mu ...

Scott Johnson


Posted 6 months agoOpinion > United KingdomEuropean UnionBrexit

Why is oil security suddenly a top priority in Africa?

Just this week, South Africa announced a new oil and gas policy is in the pipeline. This will be music to the ears of individuals involved in African energy and infrastructure such as Sebastian Wagner , Mzi Khumalo and Olusegun Okubanjo . But questions surely remain as to how the continent can t ...

Scott Johnson


Posted 7 months agoOpinion > Nigeriaenergy securitySub-Saharan Africa +2

Doubling down on the supply chain: How some West Texas producers are facing headwinds from increased complexity resulting in decreased cash operating costs / barrel

By Tony Planos, Vice President Oil & Gas, Maine Pointe Since 2009, we've seen US production of oil & gas double to over 10MMBPD and, according to the EIA, we're on our way to 15MMBPD by 2025. Production in Texas alone has seen volumes increase to over 5MMBPD. This has created a number of logisti ...

Tony Planos


Posted 7 months agoOpinion > West TexasMaine PointePermian Basin +14

Getting a handle on your inventory through effective Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

Inventory management is crucial to the day-to-day management of an oil and gas business. Companies across the oil and gas industry regularly experience inventory discrepancy problems particularly when inventory data is entered manually or isn't controlled centrally. Incorrect inventory management ...

Louise Rock-West - Progressive TSL


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > Oil and Gassmall and medium enterprisesEAM +5

Training in the UK’s renewables sector

Training in the UK's renewables sector Around the world, the renewables sector is a growing industry — and that means it needs an increasing number of new employees to support and drive it to further success. In 2017, renewable power generation increased to 29.4% from 24.5% from the previous yea ...

stephen avv


Posted 8 months agoOpinion

Oil versus gas for business use …

Businesses across the globe are constantly wrestling with the dilemma of striving to be competitive alongside being sustainable and ‘green'. Climate change is an issue for governments and businesses alike, with energy usage a major concern and the need to consider carbon footprints, and costs. Th ...

John Hannen


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > Oilgasgreen +1

This Week in Petroleum: Lowest crude oil imports since 1986 indicate changes in U.S. Gulf Coast crude oil supply

Lowest crude oil imports since 1986 indicate changes in U.S. Gulf Coast crude oil supply U.S. Gulf Coast crude oil imports averaged 1.8 million barrels per day (b/d) in March 2019, the lowest level since March 1986 and significantly lower than the peak of 6.6 million b/d in March 2007. Preliminary ...

Hui Shan


Posted 8 months agoOpinion > CanadaCrude oilexports +8
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