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Africa, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

New Gas Finds Creating Opportunity in West Africa

It is expected that many of the gas discoveries will help displace oil as a source of more sustainable fuel in the regional mix.

America, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Is Chevron’s $11 Billion Write-Down an Oil patch Warning?

Current market conditions are resulting in many US fracking projects failing to break even.

networking event
Recruitment, Rigzone

Oil Workers Wanted with More Tech, Less Roughneck

Oil companies are recruiting a different type of worker and in larger numbers.

Business, Engineers, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Offshore Contractors Primed For a Busy 2020

Some industry insiders have doubts about whether there is sufficient contractor capacity to deal with the expected volume of business.

Happy New Year 2020
Industrial journalism, Journalism, Pipeline Gas Journal, Rigzone

Recent work completed for various clients in December 2019

Here is a list of some of the work completed for a range of clients worldwide, in various formats including advertorials, analysis, blogs, features and reports. To find out more contact www.nicnewmanoxford.com

OPEC
Energy, Gas, Middle East, Oil, Rigzone, Uncategorized

OPEC Aims to Prop Up Oil Prices

Even if all OPEC members and Russia were to comply 100 percent, global oil inventories could still rise by 700,000 b/d in 1Q 2020.

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Eastern Europe, Energy, Energy Saving, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Environment, Europe, Gas, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines, Power

Europe’s Gas Distribution in Need of Evolution

Europe’s Gas Distribution in Need of Evolution

America, Energy, Oil, Pipelines, Ports, Rigzone

US Returns to Being a Net Oil Exporter

Thanks to the shale oil revolution, for the first time since the 1940s, the United States exported more oil than it imported last September. In that month, U.S. exports of crude oil and refined products exceeded imports by 89,000 barrels a day, according to EIA statistics. This marks a significant […]

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Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Offshore Drilling Poised for an Upswing in 2020?

Increasing interest in offshore drilling owes much to the industry’s success in reducing costs by between 30-40 percent and increasing productivity.

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America, Energy, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Targeting Record Year

2020 is expected to be another record year for the region with average production above 1.9 million barrels per day.

Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Energy, Energy Trading, Europe, Gas, Gulf States, Liquid Natural Gas, Rigzone, Technology, Transport

FPSO Prospects Look Promising for 2020

The global market for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels is headed for a major recovery.

xmas 2019
Uncategorized

Happy Christmas and New Year 2019

We wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and New Year! Thank you for a marvellous year (and decade!) and for being part of our community. Our offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from 25 December 2019 until 2 January 2020.

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America, construction, Decommissioning, Engineers, Europe, Gas, Oil, Renewables, Rigzone

Oilfield Services Looking Beyond Oil and Gas

Faced with a forecast decline in the global upstream service market in 2020 and only modest growth of 3 percent for the four-year period from 2019 to 2022, logic suggests that long-term growth in clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asian-Pacific markets, offers the path towards growth.

xmas 2019
advertorial, Europe

Season’s greetings and thanks for a strong 2019

Thank you for a marvellous year (and decade!) and for being part of our community. Our offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from 25 December 2019 until 2 January 2020.

Energy, Eniday, Europe

Farewell to Polonia’s coal

Thanks to coal, Poland has the second most polluted air after Bulgaria and more than 44,000 premature deaths a year have been attributed to smog in Gdansk, Krakow and Warsaw. In coming decades, the challenge for Poland will be to reduce coal’s share in electricity generation from around 80% to zero by 2040. A combination of […]

Asia, Australia, Country Reports, Decommissioning, Energy, Energy Policy, Environment, Gas, Industry Reports, Investment, Pipelines, Reports

INDONESIA’S DECOMMISSIONING CHALLENGE REPORT

Many of Indonesia’s oil and gas fields, both on and offshore, are coming to the end of their commercially viable operational lifespan. More than 60% of Indonesia’s oil and more than 30% of gas production comes from late-life-cycle resources spread across the world’s largest island country.  Despite investment and use […]

Rebecca Bleasdale Head of External Communications & Content at ABB Power Grids
Corporate Journalism, Energy, Energy Focus, Energy Management, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Energy World, Environment, Europe, Gas, Geoscience, Gulf States, Industrial journalism, Innovation, International Maritime Organization, Journalism, Liquid Natural Gas, Marketing, National Grid, North America, Northern Europe, Nuclear, Oil

Recent work update for November 2019

A list of some of the consulting, journalism and public relations work completed for various clients in the month of November 2019 for various clients Business Development ABB Power Grids Met with Rebecca Bleasdale Head of External Communications & Content at ABB Power Grids To discuss the evolution of the […]

Singapore Port Pasir-Panjang-Terminal-4-to-6
advertorial, Broadcasting, Business, Energy, Innovation, Shipping, Technology

A look at some of the work completed for various business clients in November 2019

This page lists some of the work in a range of formats completed for various clients in the past month.

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Gas, Pipelines, Rigzone

Power of Siberia Pipeline Nearing Completion

The remoteness and length of the pipeline’s route, combined with the sheer quantities of material to be transported, make this an engineering and logistical triumph.

Petroleum plataform on the Guanabara bay in the city of Rio de Janeiro
Gas, Investment, Liquid Natural Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Brazil Aiming to Double its Oil Production

Future expansion depends on access to capital, high-end tech from foreign investors and big oil companies with deepwater and pre-salt expertise.

OPEC Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
Africa, America, Energy, Middle East, Oil, Rigzone, Technology

OPEC Faces Increasing Competition

There are a number of interrelated drivers behind the worldwide demand for crude.

America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Ports, Rigzone, Shipping, Technology

Could the LNG Boom go Bust?

“Now its game over. How many one-offs do we still have as China’s demand is lagging?” asks Huber.

USA and China trade war
Asia, Energy, Energy Trading, Europe, Gas, Gulf States, Liquid Natural Gas, Middle East, Rigzone

China’s Tariffs: A Headache for the Next Wave of US Natgas Export Projects?

What effect will Trump’s tariffs have on US LNG exporters in particular and LNG trade?

Net zero
Britain, Business, Energy, Energy Focus, Environment, Europe

How can the UK step up to the 2050 net zero challenge?

Ultimately a mixture of fiscal and technological carrots and sticks will be needed to ensure the UK meets its net-zero targets. On the demand side this would mean the end to all new airports expansions and major funding in building energy efficiency. On the supply side much to some environmentalists concerns serious investment in a new fleet of mini nuclear power plants, together with major government backing in carbon capture and storage technologies, including the turning of redundant oil and gas fields in carbon sinks.

Bogota
Energy, Energy Policy, Gas, Oil, Rigzone, South America

Fracking Could Revive Colombia’s Oil and Gas Game

Fracking could give Colombia’s oil industry a new lease on life.

Business, Energy, Environment, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Oil Industry Balancing Growth, Carbon Footprint Cuts

Climate anxiety is the driver for oil and gas companies turning themselves greener.

oil rig
Asia, Decommissioning, Rigzone

Decommissioning Challenges Escalating in South East Asia

Offshore operators in the Asia-Pacific region could face a total decommissioning bill of over $100 billion.

Dog. Ilimanaq - Greenland
Energy, Petroleum Review, Shipping, Technology, Transport

Electricity and water don’t mix?

In sum, the electrification of maritime vessels is at the infant industry stage. Because of the current limitations of battery technology, all- electric vessels are limited to short journeys between recharge points. So for operators of long distance voyages, the medium-term future is hybrid where batteries work with fossil fuels. But to reach net zero emissions in thirty years’ time, electrification could well be the answer and this requires further advances in technology.

Power sector worker
Britain, Business, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Energy, Energy Focus, Energy Management, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Storage, Europe, Innovation, Investment, Power, Power Grid, Renewables

Power generation and energy storage events in the coming months of 2020

List of various interesting conferences and events taking place worldwide in the coming months in a range of cities including Amsterdam, Cambridge, London, Oxford, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Toronto.

networking event
Business, Europe, Shipping, Technology

List of some of the leading maritime industry conferences, courses and exhibitions in the coming months

A look at the important maritime sector networking events occurring in the coming months in 2020.

Groningen gas field
Energy, Europe, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Pipelines, LNG Imports Needed to Offset Groningen Gas Declines

The demise of Dutch gas production will make the Benelux region more dependent on imported gas and foreign LNG.

Africa, Asia, Copy writing, Decommissioning, Energy, Eniday, Pipeline Gas Journal, Power, Reports, Technology

Work completed in October 2019

Here below are a few brief examples of the work completed for a range of corporate clients and business publications. To find out more contact Nicholas Newman at info@nicnewmanoxford.com for further information of the services and expertise available to customers. Eniday The 6 trends shaping Southeast Asia’s clean energy sector […]

Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals
Africa, Book Review, Business, Energy, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, National Grid, Nigeria, Oil, Pipelines, Power, Power Grid

Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals

A book review Over the years there have been many books about some of the failures, successes and near misses in the development of Africa’s energy sector. This book by NJ Ayek looks at some of the reasons behind Africa’s energy sector evolution. Like many previous writers have said bringing […]

Decommissioning, Gas, Northern Europe, Oil, Press Release

Shale gas decommissioning: Quatre Ltd provides a solution for paying the bill.

Fortunately for the taxpayer, London based firm Quatre Ltd provides a financial solution. Its Environment Trust (ET), will if adopted by the government, protects both the taxpayer and landowner from the possible decommissioning risks should an operator become bankrupt.

Gassco bike robot drone
Energy, Energy Security, Engineers, Europe, Gas, Innovation, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Robotics Applications Making Advances in Norway

The new tools gather information that companies like oil companies like Norway’s Equinor, Germany’s Wintershall and Anglo-Dutch-owned Shell, plus the Norwegian state-owned pipeline operator Gassco can use to optimise its maintenance plans, while inspection robots can replace time-consuming and costly inspections by humans and cut downtime for certain plant assets.

oil worker and oil rig
Africa, Energy, Exploration and Production, Rigzone, Technology

Deepwater Transformation Sparking New Interest

Changes have revived interest in deepwater projects and enabled new ones in regions including the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and China Seas.

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Africa, America, Eastern Europe, Energy, Gas, Oil

List of some of the leading oil and gas conferences in the coming months.

Here is a list of some of the leading oil and gas conferences in the coming months around the world.

Baker Hughes Worldwide Rig Count, Business, Engineers, Gas, Innovation, Oil, Pipelines, Recruitment, Rigzone, Technology

Oilfield Services Eyeing Survival Tactics in Weak US Market

Last time crude prices crashed, E&P companies cut operations and investment, with knock-on effects on oilfield service contractors, many of whom reduced headcount, went bankrupt or merged. Once again, history is repeating itself. Baker Hughes September U.S. rig count saw just 898 active rigs, a reduction of 150 from this […]

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Britain, Business, Energy, Energy Policy, Environment, Gas, Health and Safety, Innovation, Investment, Oil, Technology

Packing-up Caudrilla is not the end of the decommissioning story.

The oil and gas industry needs a decommissioning strategy to help meet the UK’s Paris Accord commitments and the net zero carbon emissions by 2050 target, as the country moves ahead in its energy transition. Decommissioning is only one strand of the oil and gas sector’s efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and, at the same time, is an essential requirement to ensure continuing investor and government support in new North Sea projects.

USA and China trade war
Business, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Europe, Gas, Gulf States, Liquid Natural Gas, Middle East, Oil, Pipelines, Rigzone

Oil Demand Shrinks Under Weight of US-China Trade War

This trade war has slowed demand for oil in China, but also in Europe and America itself.

Aarhus, Denmark - July 20, 2017: The high-speed ferry EXPRESS 2 of the shipping company Molslinjen is moored at the pier in the port of Aarhus (Denmark).
Engineering and Technology, Industrial journalism, Shipping, Technology

Pump it up! Bigger and better uses for water-jet technology

Water jets are no longer used just for thrill-seeking jet-skiers. Now larger boats in a variety of applications are using the technology for propulsion – so what’s powering the trend? The first thing that may come to mind when you think of water-jet propulsion is the jet skis that are […]

Oil refinery
Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Middle East, Oil, Pipelines, Rigzone

Attack on Saudi Oil Production Triggers Fears for Global Oil

Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant has restarted and is now processing about 2 million barrels a day, restoring just under half the output lost after the facility was damaged in an attack.

oil rig
Gas, North America, Oil, Rigzone, Technology

US Oil Rig Demand Continues Decline

Productivity gains have caused record production, falling prices and a year-long decline in drilling and well completions.

EU flags waving in front of European Parliament building in Brussels
Business, Caribbean, Central Asia, coal, Eastern Europe, Energy Focus, Energy Management, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Eniday, Environment, Europe, Gas, Industrial journalism, Industry Reports, Investment, Marketing, North America, Northern Europe, Oil, Petroleum Review, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines, Ports, Power, Power Grid, Quatre Ltd, Renewables, Rigzone

Work completed for various clients in September 2019

Here below is a list of some of the freelance journalism work covering a range of topics including energy, industrial, environmental and technology topics, I have completed for various clients worldwide during the month of September 2019. In addition, I list briefly some of the corporate communications, marketing, networking and public relations work I have done for client. To find out more what I can do for your business https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/contact/

Nicholas Newman at WE Communications event
Broadcasting, Business, Copy writing, Corporate Journalism, Marketing

WE Communications team

Attended WE Communications press networking event at Bar Soho, 23-25 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JL. For a useful session with account managers about possible business opportunities.

Power plant in Africa
Africa, Energy, Gas, Nigeria, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines, Power, South Africa

Pipelines Emerging in Africa’s Quest for Gas Power

Despite the many advances in the electrification of Africa, much of the continent has yet to be connected to the grid or have access to reliable and affordable power supplies. According to World Bank figures, Africa’s electrification rate is just 42%.

Innovation team drawing a new big project
Engineering and Technology, Engineers, Technology

Breathe in a new breed of engineers

We meet six young innovators who are leading the way in using their skills and talent to shape the future of technology. America’s Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, as well as China’s Alibaba and Tencent, have touched the lives of countless millions. Hard on the heels of these titans of the […]

Business, Energy, Engineers, Environment, Gas, Geoscience, Nuclear, Oil, Recruitment, Renewables, Solar power, Technology, Wind Power

Why big oil is buying into clean energy

Fossil fuels are facing an uncertain future. In response, Europe’s big oil companies including Shell, BP and Total are venturing into the production, distribution and sale of electricity to industrial, residential and transport markets, in direct competition with traditional multinational utilities such as Enel, Iberola and RWE. This diversification, though […]

Jan Kiepura opera festival in Krynica, Poland
Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Travel, Western Europe

Jan Kiepura Festival

Certainly, the yearly Jan Kiepura Festival is a good way to enjoy the best of Europe’s cultural musical heritage, whilst enjoying the best of Polish health spas and mountains. But be prepared for the open air concerts to bring a rain coat or umbrella.

Jan Kiepura opera festival in Krynica, Poland
Energy, Engineers, Eniday, Europe, Oxfordprospect, Pipeline Gas Journal, Technology, Transport, Travel

Work completed in August 2019

This is a brief list of some of the work completed for various clients in a variety of formats, during the past month. Contact me at info@nicnewmanoxford.com Engineering Pro Why Big oil is buying into clean energy The writing is on the wall for fossil fuels. In response, Europe’s big […]

Business, Energy Focus, Europe, Gas, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Industry Reports, Investment, Liquid Natural Gas, Marketing

Are you ready to go global?

As a world leader in offshore wind and deep sea oil exploration and field development, there is a global demand for UK energy-sector equipment, staff and training, consultancy services. For current and new exporters, contracts can vary between just a few thousand pounds to many millions.

Oil field services worker
Gas, North America, Oil, Rigzone

Is the US Shale Boom Winding Down?

In sum, some industry experts expect to see a continued slowdown in new well investment as the industry conserves cash and waits for the bottlenecks to be eased. More bankruptcies are to be expected, especially among smaller players, who are most reliant on attracting new investment to stay in business.

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Business, Energy, Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Aramco Awards $18B in Deals for Oilfield Work

Meanwhile, many industry experts are wondering just how competitive the new output from this investment in the Marjan and Berri oilfields will be, as compared to American shale oil.

POMPEII EXHIBITION
Africa, Business, construction, Energy, Engineering and Technology, Eniday, Europe, Gas, Gulf States, Innovation, North America, Northern Europe, Pipeline Gas Journal, Renewables, Rigzone, Solar power, South Africa, Technology, Western Europe, Wind Power

Work completed in July 2019

This is a brief list of some of the work completed for various clients in a variety of formats, during the past month. In July I covered a wide range of topics including developments in the oil and gas business, maritime sector including use of hydrojets, global environment, power generation including renewables, the application of industrial internet of things, constuction challenges and bunkering logistics. In addition, I visited and reviewed the current exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmoleum Museum. Plus produced a briefing on Italian utility Enel. Contact me to find out more info@nicnewmaoxford.com

OPEC
Business, Energy, Europe, Gulf States, Middle East, Nigeria, North America, Northern Europe, Oil, Rigzone, South East Asia, Western Europe

OPEC Sees Oil Surplus in 2020 Amid Shale Surge

It is likely that any further production cuts by OPEC and Russia to maintain prices will be harder to implement if all it does is boost American oil producer’s profit margins and encourage greater investment in well drilling and completions.

Reforestation project
Africa, America, Asia, Britain, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Eniday, Environment, Europe, Nigeria, North America, Northern Europe, South Africa, South America, South East Asia, Technology

Why our blue planet is getting greener

Most people would be surprised to learn that the earth is now greener than the 1980s.

Oil field services marketing
Marketing, Oil, Press Release

Oil Field Services Marketing Toolkit

Today, the market for oil field services and products is ever more competitive. It has been forecast by MarketsandMarkets that the global oil fields services market is growing at some 5% and is expected to be worth at least $144.36 Billion by 2020.

Business, construction, Energy, Gas, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Is North America Facing a Pipeline Bubble?

With gas having overtaken coal in the power segment, along with burgeoning supplies of oil, producers need new pipelines to carry the growing surplus to the coast for export to markets in Asia, Europe and Mexico. In this scenario, oil and gas producers, pipeline investors and operators are confident North America can rely on growing demand from Asian markets in the coming years.

Jack up rig in Valletta Harbour Malta
Energy, Eniday, Gas, Innovation, Investment, Pipelines, Power, Power Grid, Renewables, Research and development

Natural gas a future energy key role player

Owing to a combination of legal and policy restraints, as well as vociferous environmental objections, it is becoming increasingly difficult to gain approval from both federal and state bodies for new gas pipeline construction. For example, California, Washington and New England have proactive energy and environmental policies to encourage renewables, energy efficiency and energy storage, all at the expense of fossil fuels including natural gas generation.

Engineering and Technology, Human Resources, Innovation, Research and development, Technology

AI: the energy industry’s untapped resource

Still on the horizon lie developments in quantum computing, which will enable the robots of the future to be enhanced to become autonomous decision makers, capable of ensuring the smooth running of operations and maintenance.

Pupils learning about renewable energy
Decommissioning, Environment, Europe, Quatre Ltd, Renewables, Technology, Wind Power

WIND POWER DECOMMISSIONING

According to Jonas Pagh Jensen of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which produces wind turbines and constructs wind farms, said, “Every customer is obliged to make a plan [for] what they intend to do in 20-25 years’ time when the turbine is expected to come down.”

Construction worker placing insulation tile
Business, Environment, Innovation, Rigzone, Technology

The Plastics Backlash has Some Oil Giants Worried

Recycling and bio-plastics are set to impact the future of global oil and gas demand.

New electric sports car in Oxford's Broad Street June 2019
Energy, Ghostwriting, Interview, Investment, Journalism, Technology

Work completed in June 2019

Here is a list of some of the work Nicholas Newman has done in various formats including blogs, editorials, comment, columns and features completed for various clients in the month of June.

DASSIEFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 27, 2017: The Dassiefontein Road Stall with solar panels on its roof, next to the N2-Road between Caledon and Botrivier in the Western Cape Province
Energy, Energy Management, Energy Saving, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Europe, Facilitate Magazine, FM World Magazine

ENERGY IN RETAIL

Technological change and consumer behaviour are driving retailers to introduce on-site power generation to control bills, and improve their heating, cooling, lighting and air quality, reports Nick Newman.

a man with drilling rigs behind him in the distance.
Energy, Gas, Investment, Oil, Rigzone

Cost Overruns Threaten Offshore Development

Even with funding based on a thorough engineering definition, operators could still see a cumulative $111-billion cost overrun.

OXFORD EV SUMMIT 2019
Design, Energy, Energy Management, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Engineers, Environment, Europe, Investment, Journalism, National Grid, Power

OXFORD EV SUMMIT 2019

The summit was a business forum based on the dual themes of business engagement and thought leadership from some informed speakers in this sector.

Design, Engineers, Eniday, Innovation, Technology

Scientific breakthroughs on the launch pad

These transformative technologies are still in their infancy of general application but will, in coming years, spread from the laboratory to workplaces, homes and space as did those inaugurated by Apollo.

Men at wedding at Oxford Spires
Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Rigzone, Shipping

The LNG Boom is Back

The growth in LNG production will depend on the availability of capital for construction of gasification export facilities and associated infrastructure alongside Asia’s rate of economic development and change towards a world of less carbon to combat global warming.

Gas, Oil, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Major Restructuring of Middle East Gas Exports

In sum, for the region’s gas exporters, on the one hand exports of LNG though costlier to transport, offer greater market flexibility and security than piped supplies. For gas importers, if local political tensions are resolved, piped natural gas is a very price competitive solution but LNG could still have a role in topping up supplies.

Decommissioning, Environment, Europe, Quatre Ltd, Rigzone, Technology

North Sea Decommissioning Costs on the Rise

It is in the interest of both government and energy companies to bring some certainty into their liabilities and ability to pay.

GG5G RoRo vessels
Business, Shipping, Technology, Transport

A LOOK AT THE GRIMALDI GROUP

The Grimaldi Group’s main focus is provision of maritime transport services including rolling cargo and containers between Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, West Africa and Americas. It also offers passenger services within the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea.

icebreaker breaking the ice in the ocean
Shipping, Technology

A look at Dynamic Positioning Systems

The global market for marine dynamic positioning technology is expected to increase from $1,594 million in 2015 to 2,127 million by 2022, according to Allied Market Research “Marine Dynamic Positioning System Market” report.

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Oil, Rigzone

Has the Oil Glut Disappeared?

Geopolitical issues and industry disruptions are confusing the oil market.

Pori_waterjets MKFI [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Innovation, Shipping, Technology

A look at water jets

An increasing number of ships are using water jets instead of propellers for moving vessels through water.

Energy, Investment, Oil, Rigzone

Will Occidental’s $38B Gamble Be a Shale Win?

Occidental Petroleum, ranked 167 in Fortune 500, recently snatched victory from Chevron with a winning bid of $38 billion for one of the largest U.S.  Independent oil and gas companies; Anadarko ranked just 237, making this the largest American oil and gas merger in more than a decade and the […]

Copy writing, Industrial journalism

Work completed in May 2019

Here is a list of some of the work I have completed for various clients worldwide during the past month. In addition, I met various clients involved in business development, consultation and planning efforts.

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Energy, Oil, Rigzone

US Dropping Iranian Oil Sanction Waivers

In reality, President Trump’s sanctions to stop Iranian crude exports are likely to be harder than envisaged and their success might lead to unanticipated crude price increases, which would be bad news for the world economy.

A view of Southampton Port
Britain, Ports, Shipping, Transport

ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON PORT

As for the future in the many trades that Southampton deals with including deep sea containerships and cruise liners, the vessels are getting bigger as vessel operators seeks to meet increasing demand and cut unit costs. Because of this port operators such as Southampton have to continue to develop and expand port capacity infrastructure to handle such mega vessels.

factory workers
Design, Energy, Energy Saving, Engineering and Technology, Environment, Europe

The unexpected ways in which factories are saving energy

Whisky, the third largest industry in Scotland after energy and financial services, makes up around 70 per cent of the entire Scottish food and drink sector and is valued at £5bn a year. The whisky distilleries use a hierarchy of measures to cut their energy bills and earn additional income. Traditionally, distilleries have converted the waste grains (known as daff) from the malting process into pellets, a protein-rich cattle feed sold to local farmers.

Europe, Oxfordprospect, Trains, Transport, Travel

HILTON BOURNEMOUTH

This hotel is just 5 minutes from the local rail station with direct trains serving major cities including Southampton, London, Reading, Oxford and Birmingham.

Maersk Line cargo ship unloading containers in Ports of Auckland New Zealand
Engineers, Innovation, Shipping, Technology

A look at the Triple E Class

For port operators, Maersk EEE vessels are proving a challenge having containers stacked 23 rows wide across the deck, whilst most existing ports are equipped with the current post-Panamax cranes with a 22-container row wide vessel reach.

Climate Change Ecology Environment Global Warming
Eniday, Environment, Fusion, Gas, Geoscience, Innovation, Investment, Liquid Natural Gas, Motoring, Power Grid, Renewables

Saving the planet is like picking fruit

Saving the planet is a bit like picking fruit off a tree: it gets harder the farther up you climb…

Portliner barge
Energy, Europe, Innovation, Investment, Shipping, Technology

Are batteries a viable option for shipping?

However, efforts by innovators to electrify shipping has only just begun. In a few months, for instance, we will see the first 100 percent electric barges operating in the inland waters serving the European ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.

Eniday, Power, Renewables, Technology, Wind Power

How to design a wind farm

For investors, developers and operators of wind farms, considerable effort and costs are expended in finding a suitable site, gaining planning approval, purchasing its components and supervising its construction and commissioning… This feature looks at some of the issues involved in getting a commercial onshore wind farm fully commissioned and serving the […]

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Europe, Gas, Northern Europe, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Baltic Pipeline Project to Carry Norwegian Gas to Eastern Europe

Once this project is complete, it should open new sources of competitive and secure natural gas to customers in these western Baltic countries. In addition, it will aid them in their transition to low carbon power generation in keeping with the Paris Accords.

America, Oil, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines

Is North America Facing a Pipeline Bubble?

North America’s shale boom is paralleled by the record pace of pipeline construction and now, a long pipeline of projects await a final investment decision. Pipeline Bubble, produced by Global Energy Monitor, now calculates that capital spending on proposed North American pipelines will reach $232.5 billion and raise global pipeline […]

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Gas, Oil, Rigzone

Majors Driving Rise in Global Discoveries

American major ExxonMobil was the most successful, with three significant offshore discoveries accounting for over 38 percent of total discovered volumes in the first quarter of 2019.

Engineering and Technology, Innovation, International Maritime Organization, Shipping

Cyber pirates terrorising the high seas

Fancy security hardware and software alone will not be not enough to prevent cyber crime. Industry and corporate culture are also crucial to make sure that developers, operations staff and partners work harmoniously together to manage security in central enterprise applications and infrastructure, and in distributed/edge IoT-enabled ships and vessels.

Africa, Asia, Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Environment, Gas, Investment, Nuclear, Petroleum Review

How well are the Brics meeting carbon targets?

Limiting global warming is dependent on a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. This in turn requires technological advance in renewable energy and electricity storage, strong government commitment, stable and transparent regulatory frameworks, and a business environment attractive to investment. Subsequent to the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries have committed to […]

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Energy, Engineers, Industrial journalism, Investment, Journalism, Renewables, Technology

April 2019 business work for clients

Here is a list of some of the business work including energy and technology writing and public relations, I have done for a variety of corporate and media clients worldwide. For more about my work and services ring me in the UK 01865 762710 or from outside the UK on […]

oil rig
Energy, Energy Focus, Engineers, Exploration and Production, Gas, Industrial journalism, Innovation, Investment, Oil, Pipelines, Technology

The rigs of the future

Colorado School of Mines suggests that by 2050, chemical industrial lasers could perhaps replace conventional drilling solutions.

Constructing an offshore wind farm
America, Energy, Industrial journalism, North America, Power, Renewables, Wind Power

American Offshore Wind Prospects

It has been estimated by the EIA, that the US has some 2,000 GW of offshore generating capacity to exploit.  This is roughly double current demands for power in the US. Much of this clean energy resource is located near many major population centres such as New York, Los Angeles, […]

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Copy writing, Corporate Journalism, Energy, Industrial journalism, Industry Reports, Journalism

Happy Easter 2019

To all my business clients and friends

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Energy, Gas, Pipeline Gas Journal, Pipelines, Power, Renewables, Solar power, Technology

West Coast Perched at Forefront of Natural Gas Movement

California’s ambitious energy efficiency targets and zero carbon generation targets by mid-century will provide new opportunities for disruptive technologies including large-scale energy storage, demand management, floating wind and gas power combined with carbon capture.

Flame Debate 2018
Europe, Flame Conference, Innovation, Technology

5 TOP CONFERENCE INDUSTRY TRENDS

In the UK alone, corporate events are big business amounting to a staggering £18.1bn in 2017.

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Gas, Northern Europe, Power, Rigzone, Shipping

North Sea Ports Compete to Build LNG Import Terminals

The German case for LNG import terminals rests on the need to increase the country’s gas imports as North Sea gas production declines.

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America, Rigzone

Can the Mexican Government’s Bailout Solve the Pemex Crisis?

In response to Fitch Group’s & Moody’s downgrade of Pemex’s credit rating to one notch above junk, Mexico’s government recently pledged a $3.9-billion capital injection and $200 million in tax relief, according to international media reports. This bailout package and the six-year business plan aims to help reverse Pemex’s credit […]

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Copy writing, Energy, Europe, Ghostwriting, Industrial journalism, Innovation

Commissions completed for clients in March 2019

Here is a list of some of the work I have I completed for clients in the UK, Europe and worldwide in the energy, technology, robotics, culture, conference, regeneration, planning, property and transport businesses.

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Energy, Liquid Natural Gas, Rigzone, Shipping

Top 10 Destinations for US LNG Exports

America became the fifth largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world last year.

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Africa, Energy, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Rigzone, South Africa, Technology, Transport

African FLNG Might Disrupt Global Gas Trade

African LNG “will gain in importance, given its strategic location between the Atlantic and Pacific basins.”

Copy writing, Corporate Journalism, Journalism, Press Release

New Client Welcomed La Presse.it

LaPresse is today, Italy’s leading multimedia agency based in Milan, selected nicnewmanoxford.com to provide expert media content. La Presse produces news content in the form of texts, photographic images and videos, 7 days a week in real time, 365 days a year, and provides its contents to over 90% of […]

Roustabouts
Energy, Engineers, Geoscience, Innovation, Rigzone

Drillers Turning to Big Data in the Hunt for Cheaper Oil

The industry is creating new business opportunities for IT, artificial intelligence, big data processing and analytics providers.

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Energy, Eniday, Innovation, Research and development, Technology

AI changes the robots in the energy sector

Since the oil price crash of the summer 2014, robots dedicated to either welding, drilling or inspection, but that are controlled by humans, have been widely adopted… Now, advances in artificial intelligence software and robotics research offer the prospect of freeing humans from dangerous and difficult tasks such as decommissioning nuclear plants and offshore oil and […]

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Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Britain, Gas, Hart Energy, Investment, Oil

Global Deepwater Oil Production To Hit New Record In 2019

The rise in offshore oil and gas production expected in 2019 and beyond is due in part to the coming onstream of new fields aided by technological advances, which have dramatically cut E&P costs.

coal, Energy, Eniday, Environment, Investment

Banks ending funding in fossil fuels

For coal-producing countries like Poland, America, Germany and China, phasing out coal and transitioning to cleaner technologies bring fears of job losses and social consequences. However, recent experience belies that belief; the adoption of renewable energy has brought new jobs with better pay and conditions.

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Energy, Energy Trading, Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Rigzone

LNG Expands Reach Through Virtual Pipelines

There is a growing worldwide opportunity to meet the needs of customers located beyond their country’s gas pipeline grid with virtual pipelines, or regular shipments of LNG or biogas by truck, train, or canal barge.

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Africa, Energy, Gas, Oil, South Africa

Is South Africa Ready For A Gas Boom?

South Africa is a major mining and manufacturing country.

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Afrelec, Design, Eniday, Innovation, Investment, Journalism, Renewables, Rigzone, South Africa

Commissions completed for clients in February 2019

Here below are a list of some of my commissions and consultations I have carried out and completed for various business clients both in the corporate and media sectors in the Month of February 2019. Afrelec The future of Eskom The debate is on about the future of Eskom and […]

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Britain, ContentLive, Energy, Energy Focus, Energy Management, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Europe

The lowdown on CARES

“It is likely that we will see more co-operation between local businesses and also community groups, to not only generate energy but also use and even trade in it”

Chris Morris, project manager, Local Energy Scotland

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Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Eniday

Energy efficiency is a good way to save money

Power generation is one of the biggest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for 28 percent of total CO2 emissions. The idea to reduce the use of fossil fuels, in favor of renewables, has therefore gained worldwide acceptance and attention. However, there is another way to reduce greenhouse gases, and […]

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Copy writing, Ghostwriting, Industrial journalism, Industry Reports, Journalism, Press Release, Quatre Ltd, Recruitment, Research and development, Strategic Communications

Nicholas Newman Journalism CV

Nicholas Newman info@nicnewmanoxford.com | www.nicnewmanoxford.com | https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicnewmanoxford/  | 01865 762710 WHO AM I For over 20 years, I have built a reputation as a trusted analyst and commentator on a broad range of global energy related issues, including policymaking, leadership, exploration, production, distribution, trading and technology. I’ve been a regular […]

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Africa, Energy, Environment, Gas, National Grid, Nigeria, Power Grid, Renewables

Off-the-grid thinking to end Nigeria’s blackouts

Nigeria is one of Africa’s most developed, resource-rich countries and yet it has notably failed to provide its people with a reliable electricity supply. That is at last beginning to change. Five years after the privatisation of Nigeria’s power sector, even the most luxurious Lagos hotels still suffer daily blackouts. […]

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Engineers, Innovation

SOME OF TODAY’S LEADING INNOVATORS UNDER 35

There have been many innovators in the past including such people as Marie Skłodowska Curie, Copernicus, Einstein, Rosalind Franklin etc. Some have innovated throughout their lives like Thomas Edison, Tim Berners-Lee and Leonardo da Vinci etc, whilst others have only been innovative for the first few years of their working […]

Britain, Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Storage, Innovation, Investment, Press Release, Renewables

Consumers set to see energy bills soar as price cap is hiked

On 7th February 2019 OFGEM announced that it would be raising the energy price-cap from £1,137 to £1,254 for customers on default tariffs and from £1,137 to £1,142 for customers on prepayment meters.  The new cap limits will come into effect on April 1st, This news means that  some 15 […]

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
Africa, Energy, Eniday, Investment, Power, Power Grid, Renewables, Technology

Five trends of African energy

Latest infographic, text researched and created by me,whilst design of graphic by member of Eniday team. Energy, in this period, is facing a crucial transition phase for the near future. The African continent, the cradle of humanity, will not stand still; in order to guarantee the growth of its states, […]

Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, Environment, Investment, National Grid, Power Grid, Press Release

How pumped storage hydro cuts customer power bills

Following the big six-power companies’ price hikes, ILI Group Plc today announced that  Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) can save at least £100 on every household’s energy bill, reduce power price fluctuations for customers and offset millions of tons of CO2 emissions every year.  There is now over 4.2 GW of PSH in […]

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Engineering and Technology, Innovation, Liquid Natural Gas, Shipping, Technology

Hybrid ships take to the high seas

Hybrid ships that voyage across the deep blue could very well be the key to unlocking environmental sustainability. The dream is alluring. A sleek ship on a sparkling sea, set against a sky of the purest blue, cleanliness and healthiness embodied in luxury. The reality is painfully different. Shipping is a major […]

Corporate Journalism, Industrial journalism, Journalism

New Client welcomed Uniper SE

Uniper SE: an international energy company with about 12,000 employees. is an energy company based in Düsseldorf, Germany selected nicnewmanoxford.com to provide expert content marketing serivices. Uniper is one of Europe’s largest utility companies and operates throughout the EU including Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, and France. Outside of […]

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Australia, Energy, Eniday, Europe, Power, Renewables

Energia rinnovabile a portata di mano

I progetti energetici tradizionali, a base di combustibili fossili e ad alta intensità di capitale, delle compagnie Oil&Gas nazionali e internazionali e delle grandi società di servizi pubblici come Eskom, RWE ed Eon, sono a una svolta… D’altro canto, aziende di settore di consolidata esperienza, uniscono le loro forze a […]

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Eniday, Industrial journalism, Pipeline Gas Journal, Rigzone

Work for clients completed in January 2019

Here below is a list of some of the work I have completed for various clients in both the print and web media worldwide. Some of the tasks have included editing, writing features, advertorials, press releases, whitepapers, etc. Eniday Banks ending funding in Fossil Fuels This week saw the European […]

@POTUS
America, Energy Policy, Oil, Rigzone

Trump’s Price Policies Hurting US Shale Activity

One thing is clear, the actions of OPEC and friends to cut back output this year could be good news for U.S. shale frackers as crude prices rise, trade tensions ease and world demand for crude holds up—but it could be disappointing for President Trump.

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Afrelec, Africa, Energy, Investment, Power, Power Grid, Renewables, South Africa, Wind Power

No consensus on eskom reforms

Eskom, supplier of  around  95 percent  of South Africa’s  electricity, is in the grip of a severe financial crisis  reporting a post- tax loss  of  R2.3 billion ($0.17 billion) , a 0.9 percent decline in sales and a rise in gearing ratio, (which measures debt relative to equity) to 72 […]