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Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
How Going Digital Impacts The Oil & Gas Industry:
Change is a constant in the oil and gas Industry. From lower oil prices to increasingly complex government regulations, today’s business realities are forcing new approaches. In the long term, these digital transformation approaches promise to increase operating efficiencies, increase revenues, and reduce operating costs, but today's business dynamics are forcing companies to confront these challenges today. While there are a number of areas that have been identified by analysts, industry experts, and other consultants, including Accenture, there are three key areas where the digital transformation is either forcing the industry to react or providing opportunities for the industry to transform themselves. Let’s explore each.Read more
May 10, 2016 by Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Tags: oil | gas | digital
Comprehensive Asset Management is Key to Coping with the Global Oil Glut:
The global crude oil crash would be old news if it weren’t continuing to worsen. The optimism that reigned in mid-2014 when prices fell below $100/bbl has turned to pessimism as it crosses the $40 threshold. After multiple rounds of layoffs and project postponements, the industry is out of easy options and must reach deeper into operations to find enough savings to be profitable. If there is a silver lining in the gloom, it is that in many cases assets have not been well managed, and major savings can be had.Read more
January 3, 2016 by
Tags: warren wilson | emc | ovum

Notes From The Editor
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Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Editorial: A Song Of Ice And Fire In The Canadian Oil Sands :
As wildfire scorches its way across Canada's Wild Rose Country, oil prices rose on the disruption caused by the blaze. The Albertan inferno was the size of Mauritius and visible from space, causing oil prices to shoot up by almost three per cent as the oil sands’ capital of Fort McMurray was hastily evacuated. First settled in 1870 as a fur trading outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Fort McMurray's proximity to Athabasca’s bituminous deposits made it a focal point of activity in the history of the oil sands, becoming the de facto population centre for heavy oil production in the 1970s. Swelling to more than 90,000 inhabitants and becoming the third most populous conurbation in the province of Alberta before the oil price crash in late 2014, the shutdown of the city led to a halt in the production of more than a million barrels of oil per day.Read more
May 10, 2016 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Tags: oil | gas | Oil Sands
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Editorial: Oil Price To Become A Victim Of Iranicide:
After a steady rally on the crude markets, oil dipped slightly after news of an increase in production coming out of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Output from the global oil cartel increased by 484,000 barrels a day (bpd) in April to 32.64 million bpd, caused mainly by expanded yields in OPEC’s second largest oil producer, The Republic of Iraq. According to the country’s oil ministry, Iraq exported a record high of 3.4 million bpd in April, some 100,000 barrels more than the previous month, excluding the average of 330,000 bpd exported by the Kurdistan Regional Government to Turkey via the Kirkuk–Ceyhan pipeline. This also comes at a time of constitutional crisis for an Iraqi government that declared a state of emergency on April 30th after anti-corruption protesters in Baghdad breached the Green Zone and stormed parliament.Read more
May 3, 2016 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Tags: oil | gas | Iran
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Editorial: Dithering in Doha Breeds Market Misery:
As predicted last week, a dithering performance in Doha from the members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and esteemed guests, resulted in a dip in oil prices on the global market. At the beginning of this year, we said that tensions caused by persistently low oil prices and the simmering sectarian discontent of Sunni/Shia antagonism could threaten to rip OPEC in two. The aftermath of the Doha Witenaġemot, a 14-hour masterclass in Realpolitik standoffishness, has shown that this possibility is closer to the realms of probability than most would countenance.Read more
April 19, 2016 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Tags: oil | oil price | default
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Editorial: Hostage Crisis At The Crude Club:
This weekend, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and supernumerary members of “The Crude Club” meet in Doha to discuss a production freeze. The United States - the world’s third largest oil producer in 2015 - declined to attend the meeting in the Qatari capital, as has an embattled Libya. The struggling North African republic has recently seen a deepening of the civil strife that menaces to split the country into its three constituent parts: Cyrenaica, Fezzan and Tripolitania.Read more
April 12, 2016 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Tags: oil | gas | brent

The Weekly Oil and Gas Update
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Todd Erickson
Weekly USA Oil & Gas Update for 10th May 2016: Canadian Oil Sands Production Halted As Wildfires Rage:
This weekly update brings you all the stats and headlines you need to know about in the American Oil & Gas landscape including the rig count, oil price, environmental, HSE and M&A news.Read more
May 10, 2016 by Todd Erickson
Tags: todd erickson | oil | gas
Todd Erickson
Weekly USA Oil & Gas Update for 3rd May 2016: Halliburton and Baker Hughes scrap $35 billion merger:
The 3rd May 2016 weekly update brings you all the stats and headlines you need to know about in the American Oil & Gas landscape including the rig count, oil price, environmental, HSE and M&A news.Read more
May 3, 2016 by Todd Erickson
Todd Erickson
Weekly USA Oil & Gas Update for 27th April 2016: New York Rejects Natural Gas Pipeline:
The 27th April 2016 weekly update brings you all the stats and headlines you need to know about in the American Oil & Gas landscape including the rig count, oil price, environmental, HSE and M&A news.Read more
April 27, 2016 by Todd Erickson
Tags: todd erickson | m&a | news
Todd Erickson
Weekly USA Oil & Gas Update for 19th April 2016: US Shale Crude output falls for seventh month in a row:
The 19th April 2016 Oil & Gas US update. Catch up with all of this week's industry news, oil and gas prices from Bloomberg / EIA and the North American rig count.Read more
April 19, 2016 by Todd Erickson
Tags: news | bloomberg | eia

The Intersection of Information & Energy
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Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Three Steps to drive IT success in M&A:
M&A activity is at an all-time high and represents a significant challenge for information handling. In this analysis piece, we highlight three steps as you determine how to exploit merger activities for your competitive advantageRead more
March 7, 2016 by Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Planning the Next Phase of Oil & Gas Investment:
There has been tremendous coverage about the impact of the drop in oil prices over the past year, and as we’ve discussed in this column, the impact touches many different parts of an oil and gas company’s business, from the operational changes needed to maintain profitability to changes in how an oil and gas company invests in future grown.Read more
January 31, 2016 by Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Closing The Gap: The Virtues Of The Information Ourobouros:
Sometimes we use computers to capture reality's features and create a model for later study, safe simulation and to analyze "what if" scenarios. In these two unidirectional processes there's always some kind of gap: assets that do not perfectly match the initial design, or data models that do not capture the full picture.Read more
December 9, 2015 by Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen
Follow The Oil Downstream To Find The Upside To Lower Oil Prices:
As we read news reports about the global economy, and the ripple effects of oil prices that are at half decade lows, something came to mind: refineries are poised to take advantage. And we can all learn from their playbook as they manoeuvre in the contemporary marketplace.Read more
November 23, 2015 by Martin Richards, José María Sotomayor, and Rune Olsen

People Are The Missing Ingredient
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Derek Park
What’s All This Talk About Lockdown Sleeves?:
Soon after the Macondo disaster the US authorities (at that time BOEMRE, the Bureau of Ocean Energy management, Regulation and Enforcement) issued what became known as the ‘drilling safety rule’. In reality the rule contained several requirements which addressed well bore integrity and well control equipment. Included amongst them was a requirement that ‘The operator must ensure that the latching mechanisms or lock down mechanisms are engaged upon installation of each casing string or liner’ . This interim requirement was reconfirmed when the final rule was issued towards the end of last year by the new US authority BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement). So what does BOEMRE’s early insistence on casing lockdown tell us about what happened on Deepwater Horizon?Read more
April 6, 2015 by Derek Park
Derek Park
Let’s Get Fracking!:
In this piece, columnist Derek Park gives us his opinion on the public reaction to the Big Guns of the oil and gas industry beginning to weigh into the UK shale storyRead more
January 13, 2014 by Derek Park
Derek Park
The BP Trial - Phase 1 Ends, 7 Questions Remain....:
With the first phase of the BP Trial in Louisiana now at an end, our columnist Derek Park looks at the aftermath of proceedings and the seven questions remain pending over the case and the oil industry as a wholeRead more
May 13, 2013 by Derek Park
Tags: Blowout | oil spill | oil
Derek Park
Gavels In the Gulf: The BP Trial - Week 8 In Review:
As proceedings for the first part of the BP Trial wrap up in Louisiana, Derek Park surveys the ground as BP rests its case and is grilled on everything from onshore organisation to emergency response.Read more
April 29, 2013 by Derek Park

Shale in India Exploring Its Potential & Challenges That Lie Ahead
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Gaurav Agnihotri
A Brief History Of Oil:
In order to clearly understand the dynamics of oil prices and its impact on the world economy, we need to dwell into the history of oil. In this piece Gaurav Agnihotri looks at some of the major events of the past that have affected the oil price and its availability.Read more
February 2, 2015 by Gaurav Agnihotri
Tags: opec | Iran | iraq

Shale in India Exploring Its Potential & Challenges That Lie Ahead
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Gaurav Agnihotri
What Does The Falling Crude Price Mean To India?:
India has been one of the biggest net importers of crude oil in the last few decades. In 2014, the nation imported around 78% of its total crude oil requirements. Out of the total crude oil imports, around 65% belonged to the Oman- Dubai sour crude, followed by Brent and Bonny Light crude. With the current fall in the global crude oil prices, India stands at a crucial juncture.Read more
January 7, 2015 by Gaurav Agnihotri
Gaurav Agnihotri
The 6 Keys To Securing India’s Oil Future:
With rapid strides in the field of unconventional oil, new technologies and IT solutions, countries world over have started taking effective measure to safeguard their energy needs as the crude oil prices and its availability have been highly volatile in past few decades.Read more
February 5, 2014 by Gaurav Agnihotri
Tags: oil | oil and gas | gas
Gaurav Agnihotri
Decoding The Myth Of Oil Pricing - With An Indian Perspective:
Today, Oil has become a ‘Global’ commodity. The pricing of oil is critical to the world economy simply because it has a direct impact on the cost of transportation, cost of goods, essential commodities and services. A slight increase in price of Oil has a direct impact on all the related services and sectors and result in higher Inflation.Read more
July 22, 2013 by Gaurav Agnihotri
Gaurav Agnihotri
Decoding The Myth Of Oil Pricing - With An Indian Perspective [Part 2]:
The Global supply of crude oil is rising year after year. As per EIA’s (Energy Information Administration) international energy outlook 2011,the global supply of crude oil, other liquid hydrocarbons, and bio fuels is expected to be adequate to meet the world's demand for liquid fuels for at least the next 25 years.Read more
July 22, 2013 by Gaurav Agnihotri

On This Day
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Timothy Haïdar, EIC
On This Day In Oil & Gas: October 24th - Crash, Bang, Wall Street:
October 24th, 1929, New York, New York State, United States of America –A day like any other in North America’s most populous city. But today there would be a more sinister bite to the cold autumnal breeze. The Roaring Twenties were about to come to an end with an almighty crashRead more
October 30, 2014 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
On This Day in Oil & Gas: April 4th - 1984 & Winston's Secret Diary:
It is a cold, bright day. A downtrodden dogsbody of a man drags himself back home from his office for lunch at his apartment. He needs to be back at his desk by 2.30pm without fail. He smokes a cigarette and sips at a gin that he has poured himself as part of an unhealthy daily routine. A routine that has lead to violent coughing fits and venous ulcers.Read more
April 3, 2014 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
On This Day in Oil & Gas: March 21st - Fourier & The Greenhouse:
A son is born into the household of a tailor in the heart of France. The ninth of twelve children, his childhood is strained and fraught with tragedy - by his tenth birthday he is an orphan. Taken into the Benedictine Order of the Convent of St. Mark, his education is patronised by the music master from the cathedral and he soon shows a gift for mathematics.Read more
March 20, 2014 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC
Timothy Haïdar, EIC
On This Day in Oil & Gas: March 14th - The Gusher Of All Gushers:
The ground begins to rumble in the California Central Valley. This is not a good sign in a part of the world periodically prone to massive earthquakes. Yet, in this case, the groaning earth is not yawning from the onset of a seismic event but a phenomenon equally uncontrollable and much longer-lastingRead more
March 13, 2014 by Timothy Haïdar, EIC

Energy Access
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Cody Davis
How an Accident and an Abandoned Notion Transformed the U.S. Energy Outlook:
Today, record oil and natural gas production is revolutionizing the United States’ energy position and altering the geopolitical spectrum. The U.S. is now the fastest growing producer of oil and natural gas and is on pace to pass Russia as the world’s largest energy producer. In just five years, fracking, horizontal drilling, and the advent of big oil and gas data have reduced oil imports by 45 percent, added over $400 billion per year to the economy, and have attracted nearly $200 billion in direct foreign investment in the U.S.Read more
November 19, 2013 by Cody Davis
Tags: USA | america | shale
Cody Davis
Why Investors are Spending Big on the US Oil and Gas Boom:
The world’s population is expected to increase by more than 25 percent from 2010 to 2040 and reach nearly 9 billion people. During this timeframe, global electricity demand is expected to grow by 85 percent.Read more
October 9, 2013 by Cody Davis
Cody Davis
Upward Income Mobility & Shale Production: A Causal Connection?:
According to a new study, geography plays an essential role in upward income mobility in the United States. The Equality of Opportunity Project recently determined that children raised in a lower income household have a better chance of climbing the social stratification ladder and becoming a top quintile earner if they were raised in certain geographic regions.Read more
August 19, 2013 by Cody Davis
Cody Davis
Upward Income Mobility & Shale Production: A Causal Connection? [Part 2]:
The team that conducted the study stresses that the information they gathered allowed them to only identify correlations, not causation factors. Other economists expect future studies to be an important factor in better understanding the patterns of the new data revealed by the study. So the question remains: What is the driving force that is helping children raised in a family in the lower income quintile rise into the top income quintile?Read more
August 19, 2013 by Cody Davis

Rig Writer
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No Hybrid Funds? Up-Green Your MotorHome:
The number of people in the U.S. comprises only about 4.5 percent of the world's total population. However, Americans drive nearly 25 percent of all personal vehicles globally, or 250 million cars, trucks and motorhomes, according to the U.S. Census, and American Energy Independence website.Read more
October 9, 2013 by Amanda Richter
Rig Writer
How can we make the best of what nature has to offer?:
Africa, being one of the most highly populated continents, suffers from an electricity shortage. About 80 percent of the population does not have access to electricity. Now, take a moment and think to yourself, is it fair that we can watch the FIFA World Cup and they can not… the answer is obvious.Read more
February 5, 2013 by Rig Writer
Jessica Livingston
Spirit Airlines Mocks the Oil Spill: Tasteless, or Brilliant Marketing Strategy?:
Obviously, after the BP oil spill, tourism was somewhat lacking in the Ft. Lauderdale. Spirit Airlines is hoping to change this. In a recent tongue-in-cheek campaign, the airline ran an ad that features a woman sunning herself on a sandy white beach, holding a green and yellow lotion bottle with the words Best Protection. The caption reads, "Check out the oil on our beaches: Ft. Lauderdale."Read more
February 5, 2013 by Jessica Livingston
Jessica Livingston
Oil Spills in Nigeria: Where’s the Concern?:
What’s really interesting is that while BP is currently being vilified in the United States, Shell, another huge oil company, was forced to pay $15.5 million in a civil case in conjunction to spills in Nigeria. But there is no ill-will towards Shell in the United States.Read more
February 5, 2013 by Jessica Livingston

Energy Law
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Olufola Wusu Esq.
Ten Things Every Energy Lawyer Should Take Into Account:
In this piece, resident legal columnist Olufola Wusu takes a look at 10 things that the contemporary energy lawyer should bear in mind in the 21st century oil and gas businessRead more
August 8, 2013 by Olufola Wusu Esq.
Tags: legal | law | oil and gas

Offshore Oracle
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Offshore Oracle
Oil & Gas Offshore: Best to be prepared for the worst?:
Over the course of the last week, the UK has been wrapped in a blanket of snow and ice. Cars have been stranded on major roads, minor roads have been completely impassable and even drinkers in a Yorkshire pub have been trapped for days (although that doesn’t really smack of bad luck to me). And now it is being reported that in so many of these cases such difficulties could have been averted.Read more
January 13, 2013 by Offshore Oracle
Offshore Oracle
Oil & Gas Offshore: Leading from the top… is it enough on its own?:
A favourite phrase from the HSE, it is something that senior management across the industry are really taking to heart. And the logic is clear, just like a series circuit, if the next level up is firing on all cylinders and pushing through safety initiatives those lower down the chain will behave accordingly. Right?Read more
January 13, 2013 by Offshore Oracle
Offshore Oracle
Offshore Gods and Goddesses?:
It is strongly held by many of the world’s religions that there is some sort of Supreme Being that isomniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent and infallible all at the same time. Clearly a logical impossibility but that’s the role of the Gods isn’t it? To be able to do the seemingly impossible? And that’s why we term them Divine.Read more
January 13, 2013 by Offshore Oracle
Offshore Oracle
Oil & Gas Offshore: Health and Safety, Cats and a lot of Chickens…:
No, this post isn’t about health and safety in a petting Zoo. I was at a conference last week promoting HSE and process safety in the power generation industry and there was a turn of events that got me thinking about incidents in the offshore industry.Read more
January 13, 2013 by Offshore Oracle

David Hone on Climate and Energy
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David Hone
2012, A Year Of Greater Concern, But Limited Action:
In this column, Climte Change Advisor for Shell, David Hone, reflects on the energy industry's fight against climate change in 2012.Read more
January 7, 2013 by David Hone
David Hone
Five Short Stories From The World Energy Outlook:
In his column, David Hone, Climate Change Advisor for Shell takes The IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2012 and extracts five key learning from the document including concerns over China and international oil securityRead more
May 13, 2012 by David Hone
David Hone
The Green Economy: Blessing or Curse?:
In this column climate change guru, David Hone, examines a recent meeting of minds of the future direction of Britain's "Green Economy" proposalsRead more
March 15, 2012 by David Hone
David Hone
Emission Impossible?: Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions And Combating Climate Change:
After the release of several scientific papers questioning the carbon dioxide benefits of natural gas over coal in power production, David Hone, Climate Change Advisor for Shell, discusses how the shale boom will affect climate changeRead more
October 1, 2011 by David Hone

Compliance Across The World
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Thomas Fox
EADS and Tales of Whistleblowers: A Compliance Nightmare?:
What is a compliance professional’s worst nightmare? In this article by LexisNexis Top 20 law blogger Tom Fox, we look at how turning a blind eye can make a bad situation into a global, multi-jurisdictional, multiparty horror showRead more
August 20, 2012 by Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox
To The Moon and Back: Company Values from the Ground Up:
In his latest column, Tom Fox shows how company culture can grown mighty oaks from tiny acorns, and even get a tin can full of men to the Moon!Read more
July 23, 2012 by Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox
Managing Risk in the Energy Industry - The Upcoming Advanced Contract Risk Management Conference in Houston:
For any in-house practitioner or lawyer in private practice who represents corporations, I believe that identification, assessment and management of risk is the key service that you can deliver. Risk comes in all shapes and sizes.Read more
May 13, 2012 by Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox
Seven Deadly Sins For A Compliance Program:
In this week's column, our resident legal eagle, Tom Fox, enumerates 7 capital sins that could doom your compliance programme to failure, and how to avoid them like the plagueRead more
November 5, 2011 by Thomas Fox

Tales of the Expected
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Jacqui Walker-Sutton
Training Is An Enabler, Not A Panacea:
In her third column, HPL's Jacqui Walker-Sutton gives her opinion on the CMI's recent findings on management capability, and how "nearly half" of UK line managers "are ineffective"Read more
March 5, 2012 by Jacqui Walker-Sutton
Jacqui Walker-Sutton
Sartre & Safety Culture: The Choices You Make…:
In Jacqui Walker-Sutton's second column, she takes a look at how despite the stipulations and regulations prescribed in the rule books, safety culture is, rather existentially, defined by the the choices you makeRead more
February 27, 2012 by Jacqui Walker-Sutton
Jacqui Walker-Sutton
Safety Culture - It’s All About Trust And Integrity:
In her first column for Oil & Gas iQ, Jacqui Walker-Sutton of Human Performance & Leadership Ltd takes a look at the "trust" and "blame" factors that underlie corporate safety culture.Read more
February 20, 2012 by Jacqui Walker-Sutton