Rig Writer Posts


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.
Last week I attended a workshop on personality styles, which made me think… The personality style questionnaire supposedly pigeon holes everybody into four categories: promoting, supporting, controlling and analy...
During the recent festive season, the bulk of which I spent in Australia, I stopped in China for a few days. I’ve never been to China, and I was looking forward to visiting a country that has greatly influenced the world’s oi...
Part of the Oil and Gas Technology series I sat down this week to think about what I wanted to write in my blog (not the usual way to write a blog I admit, but this has been a particularly busy period for me and the blog has k...
On the plane to Aberdeen on Sunday night I found myself in the unfortunate situation of finishing my book with 20 minutes left before we landed. Reluctantly I reached into the seat pocket in front and extracted the in-flight magazine; id...
Like me, you may have often seen people on weekends at the movies or in malls wearing their company T-shirts. There is a reason why they wear it on a non-working day – although a pile-high laundry basket maybe the reason in some cases!
Oil Spill: Thinking the Unthinkable
Published: 2012-02-06
News that the co-chair of the Presidential commission investigating the Macondo disaster has called safety measures onsite ‘inept’ prompted me to think how much can we ever guarantee that a tragedy like Macondo will ever happ...
In California, the governor, Arnold Schwarzeneger, is asking President Obama to declare a pipeline explosion a federal disaster.
Before I begin, let me explain something… I’m a cynical kind of person. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t walk around with a ‘glass is always half empty’ attitude.
Just take a second to think about it… How many times have you choked on the bitter taste of buyer’s remorse? Trust me; it happens to the best of us.
5,000,000 barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico over 86 days 7,000,000 litres of chemical dispersant pumped into the spill area to dissipate the resultant...
It’s official: last month, Spain became the only European country to derive the majority of its power generation from renewables.
Nuclear Power: Double Fault
Published: 2011-03-26
A fortnight on and we can now with some certainty start calling it "The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster". Since the tsunami and 9.0 magnitude earthquake crippled the Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan’s Fukusima, we have seen three reactor...
It seems that the Arab world is in more turmoil than usual. Tempers are flaring, the "peasants" are revolting and the little people are clamouring for "change they can believe in". The approbation of liberal-minded Wes...
When doing my industry research for a Health, Safety, Security and Environment conference we are running in April, it appeared that over 80 percent of the Oil & Gas workforce in the region are expatriates. Apart...
I learnt during my research that despite the fact North African oil, gas and petrochemical assets are ageing
The eyes of much of the world this week have been on Geneva as executives from world football governing body Fifa voted on where the World Cup will be played in 8 and 12 years respectively. In awarding the 2018 and 2022...
Part of the Oil and Gas Technology series At least I was wearing comfortable shoes. I must have covered at least five miles as I worked my way around the excellent ADIPEC exhibition this week...
Oil and gas plants that fail to be well prepared and "maintain" their assets face much greater consequences.What in industry terms is a "Unplanned Shutdown"
Face it: Social media is ubiquitous. (As you know, reading this information in a blog, possibly finding the link off of our Twitter feed– @oilandgasiq, if you’re interested.)
BP just released an investigative reportabout the Deepwater Horizon spill. And, while BP took some responsibil...
In the United States, gasoline prices have been going down. That’s good, right? I know I didn’t like paying $30 every time I had to fill up my car a couple of years ago. Apparently...
Here’s some good news that stinks. Literally. According to an article on BBC, companies might start using human waste as gas.
When something bad happens, people often look for a scapegoat to blame for all that went wrong.
Seems every day we take one step forward and two steps back with this BP oil spill.