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Breaking Ground in the US

By Steve Kent, Chairman, Deep Casing Tools. The US onshore market holds massive potential for ambitious UK-based oil and gas service companies. With more than 900,000 active wells, breaking into this lucrative sector is a huge focus for E&P technology SMEs the world over. Deep Casing Tools is ...

David Stephenson


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > export strategyaberdeen oil and gasexport +1

Breaking the Mould: the Need for New Technology to Expedite and Enhance Current P&A Processes

Over the next decade, 1,400 oil and gas wells are forecast to be abandoned on the UK Continental Shelf, at a cost of around £7 billion; a huge financial burden and an equally huge opportunity for innovation. Plugging and abandonment (P&A) is one element of the decommissioning process which certain ...

David Stephenson


Posted 11 months agoOpinion > Decommissioningplugging and abandonmentDrilling +3

Westwood Insight: Northwest Europe Exploration Drilling – 2017 Results and 2018 Outlook

8th January 2018 A ten year low in oil discoveries in Norway in 2017 doesn't deter an expected increase in drilling in 2018, whilst performance continues to improve in the UK with the focus switching to gas for 2018. In 2017, there was a shift towards high impact exploration drilling in both the U ...

Victoria Roe


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Northwest Europe2018 Drilling PredictionsNorway +1

Accelerating the pace of digital change in oil and gas

In my opinion there are three types of oil and gas people on the technical side – we'll leave aside the support and commercial types for now: • Geoscientists • Drillers • Engineers Geoscientists were the first to move to digital. It was the 1980s and rather than draw contours with coloured pencils ...

Steve Roberts


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > The Oil & Gas Technology CentreinnovationDigital Transformation

DW Monday: Super Pumas Grounded – Western Europe Heavy Helicopter Supply Scenarios

The fatal helicopter crash in April 2016 near Turøy, Norway, involving the H225 / EC225, has created uncertainty surrounding the future supply of Airbus's heavy aircraft. In spite of the European safety regulator's decision to lift the flight ban on the Super Puma models, the Super Pumas continue to ...

DW Monday


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > DW MondayHelicopters

The Hydrogen Economy – More Green Mythology

By Euan Mearns The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on their new draft energy strategy and targets (links are top right on the page linked to). The new energy strategy in general terms has four main strands:  A four-fold increase in renewable energy production by 2030. Embrac ...

OilVoice Press - OilVoice


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > Energy MattersEuan MearnsHydrogen +1

Brexit impact on the oil and gas industry in the UK

  Few could have predicted the sequence of events triggered by former Prime Minister David Cameron, when in February 2016 he made his announcement on the steps of Downing Street that the Brexit referendum would indeed take place. Irrespective of the way people then voted on June 23 rd 2016, very ...

OilVoice Press - OilVoice


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > BrexitUnited Kingdom

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 ...

Gayle Meikle


Posted 5 months agoOpinion > africa oil and gasAfrica EnergyFinance +3

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. ...

Gayle Meikle


Posted 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 years agoOpinion > DecommissioningNorth Sea

Chrysaor and Enquest buying North Sea assets – two different financial approaches to decommissioning

Greg Coleman comments: In January 2017 there were two big North Sea acquisitions – Enquest buying 25 per cent of BP's Magnus field ($85m) and Chrysaor buying some of Shell North Sea assets ($3.6bn approx.) Both transactions take a different approach to the decommissioning financing – and illustra ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > North SeaDecommissioningFinancial Impact

The test of a first rate intelligence….matched by inertia elsewhere

David Bamford writes: Most of you will have noticed that Rex Tillerson, former boss of ExxonMobil - also multi multi-millionaire courtesy of his remuneration package - is now the US Secretary of State, running that great country's international diplomacy. Having bumped into his former employer's ide ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > ClimateSupplies of oil & gas

While E&Ps sleep!

David Bamford writes: In a previous article I highlighted what I will refer to as the “Tillerson Paradox” – namely the recognition that oil & gas are likely to remain a dominant component of energy supply for decades to come and yet accepting that carbon emissions (CO2 and CH4) are almost certainly ...

Petromall Insights


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > ClimateMajorsE&Ps
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