Petroleum Review - November 2012
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Pending EU offshore safety legislation
Taf Powell FEI, Expert Advisor on Offshore Operations to the European Commission
ASIA-PACIFIC – OVERVIEW
Demand slows slightly, but still vigorous in 2011
Oil and gas demand growth across the Asia-Pacific region slowed in 2011 compared with year earlier levels. However, regional growth remained vigorous compared to other regions. For oil, where Asia-Pacific demand growth was 2.7%, its only real rival was Latin America, where growth was 2.9%. Meanwhile, gas demand growth in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole was very strong, at 5.9%, more than double the global gain and rivalled only by the Middle East’s spectacular 6.9% increase in gas consumption. Chris Skrebowski reports.
ASIA-PACIFIC – RENEWABLES
Setting sights on renewables
Many Asia-Pacific nations are looking to develop renewable energy projects in a bid to diversify their energy mix and strengthen security of supply whilst meeting growing domestic demand. David Hayes highlights some recent developments in this area.Setting sights on renewables
ASIA-PACIFIC – INDIA
On the acquisition trail
While the Indian government is pushing its public sector oil companies to acquire oil and gas fields overseas to help ensure reliable supplies for the future, a shortage of funds – coupled with stiff competition from Chinese companies – has resulted in limited success, writes Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi.
JAPAN – NUCLEAR
Contrasting reactions to Fukushima
It has been 18 months since the tsunami in Japan stamped its way onto the world’s collective consciousness and triggered the continuing legacy of the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Marc Height explains how the event has affected nuclear developments around the globe.
ENERGY PRICING – SUBSIDIES
Reforming fossil fuel subsidies
As global attention on the overall issue of fossil fuel subsidies has become more widespread and focused, so has the debate regarding the discrepancies between and among developed and developing nations on precisely how governmental support is both calculated and allocated, writes David Hayhurst, in Paris.
AFRICA – MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique – The new Qatar?
Mozambique is set to become a major new global natural gas provider in the next decade, which could catapult the country from being one of the poorest African nations to one of the richest. For the energy industry, authorities and investors, the challenge ahead is how to deliver this promise. A key factor will be attracting the huge capital required to construct the operations and national infrastructure needed to develop the resource, writes Simon Ashby-Rudd, Head of Oil and Gas, Standard Bank.
IP WEEK – INTERVIEW
Petroleum Review recently asked Dr Angus McCoss, Exploration Director, Tullow Oil, about the company’s operations in Africa and future prospects for the region. Angus will be addressing these issues in more detail during the IP Week 2013 ‘Investing in oil and gas in Africa and the Middle East’ conference on 20 February 2013.
EI TECHNICAL – SAFETY
Quantifying human reliability in risk assessments
Jamie Henderson and David Embrey, from Human Reliability Associates, provide an overview of the new EI Technical human factors publication Guidance on quantified human reliability analysis (QHRA).
EI TECHNICAL – ENVIRONMENT
First environmentally critical element guidance
The Energy Institute (EI) has published what is the oil and gas industry’s first guidance on the determination and management of environmentally critical elements (ECEs). This is a much anticipated tool to help the sector develop a practical approach to major hazards to the environment and align with the regulatory authorities through a common understanding of the key issues, write Mike Dale, Head of Environment, Total E&P UK, and Dr Cameron Stewart, Upstream Technical Manager, EI.
HEALTH & SAFETY – TOOL KITS
Learning from incidents
Dane Lukic, Allison Littlejohn and Anoush Margaryan, from the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University, explain how organisations can improve learning from health and safety incidents through workforce engagement.
EI TECHNICAL – HEALTH & SAFETY
Managing Legionella in oil and gas facilities
The Energy Institute (EI)’s Occupational Health and Hygiene Committee (OHHC) is soon to publish an updated, second edition of its technical guidance on Legionella risk management and control, and new technical guidance on the control of Legionella in cooling towers.
HEALTH & SAFETY – GAS DETECTION
Innovation in gas detection
Carl Mondy, Director, National Accounts Team, at Industrial Scientific Corporation, reviews some of the major innovations in portable gas detection that have significantly improved the safety of personnel operating in the oil and gas sector.
HEALTH & SAFETY – FLAME DETECTION
Minimising false alarms
Jonathan Saint, Marketing Manager, Emerson Process Management, Net Safety Monitoring, outlines some of the common causes of false alarms in flame detector applications.
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