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Piper Alpha, is It an ‘If’ or a ‘When’ It Happens Again?

Jul 08, 2021

In this article Head of HSES at the specialist engineering and technical consultancy, Vysus Group, Steve Harris reflects on one of the most tragic industrial incidents that the world has ever seen which unfolded on the evening of 6th July 1988, Piper Alpha. The incident killed 165 of 220 crew members on board, and a further two heroic crew members from the standby vessel Sandhaven.This event saw a series of explosions rip through the 34…

OPEC+ Deal to Boost Output to End Talks of $100 a Barrel Oil

Jul 20, 2021

The OPEC+ deal to boost crude oil output from August was always the most likely outcome to the producer group's earlier impasse, and it should be enough to end market talk of $100 a barrel oil, at least for now.OPEC+ ministers agreed on Sunday to boost production by 400…

Headwinds: Offshore Wind will Take Years to Carry Factory Jobs to U.S.

May 27, 2021

When U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration approved the country’s first major offshore wind farm this month, it billed the move as the start of a new clean energy industry that by the end of the decade will create over 75,000 U.S. jobs.Industry executives and analysts do not contest that claim…

Who Will Pay for the Energy Transition?

Apr 27, 2021

The transition from a fossil-fuel dominated energy system to one with zero emissions would require trillions of dollars of investment in new production, distribution and consumption equipment worldwide.New investments could support millions of new jobs in construction and manufacturing…

At Brazil's Petrobras, a 'Spartan' Military Man Takes the Reins

Apr 12, 2021

For many investors, the appointment of former army general Joaquim Silva e Luna as the new chief executive of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras was unexpected - and unwelcome.President Jair Bolsonaro announced the 71-year-old Luna would take the helm of Petroleo Brasileiro SA…

Money, Time and Politics: How Pemex's Wings got Clipped on Production Goals

Mar 30, 2021

Shortly before taking office late in 2018, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador vowed to boost crude oil production at Mexican giant Pemex by nearly half, following more than a dozen years of decline.The ambitious goal of increasing the state-run company's oil output from 1…

MARKET: Why Don’t OSVs Get Scrapped?

Mar 01, 2021

The OSV sector will be reliant on a hitherto unseen amount of scrapping to balance the market, writes Gregory Brown, Associate Director – Offshore, Maritime Strategies InternationalThere is a consensus that an OSV market recovery will only be driven a supply side rationalization…

Market Report: FPSOs ... Charting the Path Ahead

Feb 15, 2021

COVID-19 will continue to skew the floating production systems market for the coming 24 months, while buying power for a large portion of FPSO contracts will be centered in Brazil and Guyana/Suriname. These two areas are expected to account…

Oil Market On Track to Rebalance Around Mid-2021

Jan 29, 2021

U.S. petroleum inventories have continued to converge down towards the five-year average, a sign that oil market rebalancing remains on track, despite the resurgence of the coronavirus since the end of 2020.Total stocks of crude oil and products…

UK, Norway Offshore O&G Sectors to See Modest Rise in Investment in 2021

Dec 21, 2020

After a turbulent 2020 for the oil and gas industry, 2021 is expected to see a modest rise in investment in the UK and Norway offshore sectors, assuming a US$50 per barrel average oil price.Exploration activity could recover to 2019 levels and investment in new developments is set to increase…

Why Green Hydrogen is Finally Getting its Day in the Sun

Dec 11, 2020

Hydrogen has taken off this year as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe's most abundant element can help fight climate change.More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months…

Tracking the Environmental Impact of the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

Nov 24, 2020

With the energy transition gaining pace, several exploration and production (“E&P”) companies have adjusted their business models; both to reduce emissions and to mitigate climate-related business risks. E&Ps may be grabbing the headlines regarding…

Cash Buyers All Jacked-up for Rig Recycling

Oct 29, 2020

As the old saying goes, one man’s misery is another man’s fortune. This could not be a more accurate statement reflecting the current offshore mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) market. As MODU owners battle debts, restructuring and bankruptcy (see previous article MODU Owners Bite the Bullet)…

Don’t Go Chasing (Deep) Waterfalls: The Future of Drillship Financing

Oct 14, 2020

The oil majors’ retreat from frontier plays limits future drillship demand with deepwater, investment looks limited to Brazil and Guyana, writes Gregory Brown, Maritime Strategies International.The future of offshore deepwater investment is under the microscope…

Global Energy Transition Already Well Underway

Sep 11, 2020

Policymakers still tend to talk about the global energy transition in the future tense, as something that might or will happen in the next few decades, but the transition is already well underway and shows signs of accelerating.Global energy…

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