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Joined-up thinking about the North Sea?

There seems to be a lot of thought going into the issue of Decommissioning in the North Sea, with companies perhaps beginning to realise that the traditional approach – to take a ‘finger in the air' estimate of the potential costs to put into their accounts and then breathe a sigh of relief when the ...

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Posted 16 days agoOpinion > North SeaDecommissioningMarginal Discoveries +2

In praise of seeps?

I knew from early in my time at BP that the previous generation of explorers had used surface seeps to locate oil reservoirs in the Middle East – find a surface seep in the middle of a map-able anticline…….. Then when I was involved in BP's Gulf of Mexico exploration, I understood that you could se ...

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Posted 28 days agoOpinion > SeepsGeophysicsSatellite Data +2

Give us a Carbon Tax!

It seems like the Majors (and some of their NOC friends) are aligned in appealing for a Carbon Tax, specifically a tax on carbon emissions from oil & gas operations. The cynics amongst you might question the motives of the folk appealing for this – does it ‘knife' a significant number of competitor ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > Carbon TaxShellPremier Oil +1

Take Unconventionals Offshore!

Conventional petroleum provinces in NW Europe range from mature to very mature, and thus it seems that future will be defined in terms of shale oil/gas and “marginal discoveries” (the OGA estimates that there are ~350 unsanctioned discoveries in the UKCS). However, let me introduce to you the intri ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > North Seashale oilMarginal Discoveries +2

The Wooden Spoon!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_spoon_(award ) Yet another article from the Daily Telegraph , this time reporting on the IEA's warning that “$1.3 trillion of oil and gas could be left stranded”. Now this is interesting as they are seeing that the Majors are recognising the risk and securing ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > Stranded ResourcesCarbon CaptureE&Ps +1
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