Petroleum Review - January 2013
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Scottish energy plays to its strengths
Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister
OIL AND GAS – PROSPECTS
Challenges and opportunities
SNR Denton’s David Tennant, Nadir Gilani and Anna Tostevin identify some of the more significant and interesting developments reversing the fortunes of the oil and gas industry over the last few years, and briefly examine the potential changes and obstacles which may be in store in the near future.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT – OIL AND GAS
Challenging the traditional business model
The oil and gas industry is at a tipping point created by a unique mix of factors. In the face of monumental change, will the traditional integrated business model hold up, or will it be replaced by more innovative models? ask Jim Pearce and Richard Forrest, Partners at A T Kearney.
IP WEEK – INTERVIEW
Oil market outlook
Petroleum Review recently asked Dr Fatih Birol HonFEI, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA), about the challenges and opportunities facing the global energy sector going forwards. Dr Birol will be addressing these issues in more detail during the IP Week 2013 conference entitled ‘Global energy security’ on 18 February 2013.
ELECTRONICS – E&P
Thirst for new technology
The electronics industry is having to work hard to come up with a solution to the E&P sector’s call for technology that will allow for more and more information to be delivered, in smaller and smaller devices, in more harsh environments, writes Adam White, Technical Director, eXception EMS division, eXception Group.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT – E&P
A new business structure
A new business structure is emerging in the E&P sector, one in which all relevant projects, technology and procurement (PTP) units are being integrated into a single global division, write Arthur D Little’s Ben Thuriaux-Aleman, Principal – Energy Practice, Technology & Innovation Practice, and Stephen Rogers, Partner – Global Energy Practice Leader.
OIL AND GAS – SECURITY
Facing a concerted cyber security threat
The oil and gas sector is under serious attack according to leading cyber security experts. What are the critical risks and what measures are effective? Brian Davis reports.
ENERGY – SECURITY
Securing the frontline
Given the considerable time, effort and investment that the oil and gas industry puts into exploration and production, it’s now time to apply similar levels of effort and innovation to protecting frontline pipelines and hard won supplies, writes John Hunter, Head of Oil and Gas Security, Digital Barriers.
E&P – GAS HYDRATE
Fuel of the future?
Gas hydrate is no longer a curiosity, with production tests indicating its promise as a fuel of the future, writes Dan McConnell, President, Fugro GeoConsulting.
E&P – OIL SANDS
An energy crisis?
Is Canada facing a crisis of energy? The country possesses the world’s third-largest reserves of oil and is the sixth largest oil producer and third largest natural gas producer. The combined contribution to GDP of its natural resource sectors was 11.5% in 2010. Yet Canadians are still divided, sometimes bitterly, over whether the country’s fossil fuel resources should be produced at all, writes Geoff Hill, National Sector Leader, Oil & Gas, Deloitte Canada.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS – ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Plugged in fleets
Central to the UK government’s aims to meet zero carbon transport is electrification. As fleet vehicles make up over half of new light vehicles purchased, moving to greener models will have a big impact on reducing overall transport emissions. Caroline Watson, Transport Strategy Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, puts forward the case for electrifying transport fleets.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS – HYDROGEN
Clean fuel to balance the grid
Hydrogen is clean, can be sustainably produced and has the potential to relieve the problems faced by an ever more congested electricity grid. Add the fact that almost all automotive OEMs have a hydrogen fuel cell programme, and then we must admit this is a fuel that needs to be taken seriously. However, hydrogen has its work cut out in convincing the masses that it is the fuel we should all be preparing for. There are complex issues to be grappled with and some myths to be dispelled, explains Dr Simon Bourne, Chief Technology Officer, ITM Power.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS – BIOFUELS
Meeting mandates with biobutanol
The European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive nominally doubles the amount of biofuels required to be blended in road transport fuel to 10% by 2020. However, ethanol, the incumbent biofuel, has vehicle and refuelling compatibility limitations as concentrations increase beyond a 10% blend level. Overcoming this challenge will require a biofuel designed to function with existing infrastructure and vehicles as a drop-in biofuel – such as biobutanol, writes Dr Adam Schubert, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Butamax Advanced Biofuels.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS – BIOFUELS
Towards sustainable biofuels
In 2011 Shell moved into biofuels production with the formation of a joint venture company with Brazilian firm Cosan, a leading producer of ethanol from Brazilian sugar cane. However, difficult issues are still linked to the increased production of biofuels – namely, how to ensure that they are a sustainable alternative to conventional fuels. Petroleum Review spoke to Shell to find out more.
REGULATIONS – DANGEROUS GOODS
Malcolm Carroll, Director, REACH Delivery International, explains how tighter controls for chemicals are creating compliance challenges for those manufacturing and handling dangerous or hazardous chemicals products.
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