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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.

Energy Focus

The future of offshore oil and gas rigs

Today there about 500 offshore oil and gas rigs operating worldwide, the majority of oilrigs in shallower waters are operated by fixed or jack up rigs, whilst those operating in waters deeper than 500 feet tend to be floating or subsea rigs.

Traditionally drilling into the earth’s service is a very energy, labour and capital-intensive business. For instance, the average cost for offshore rigs averaging $650 million can be as much as 15 to 20 times greater than the average cost for land rigs. Moreover, depending on the size of rig, the crew size for a typical North Sea or Gulf of Mexico rig can range from 50 to 200 people. This feature looks at some of the likely industry innovations will have on offshore rigs and associated operations in the future.

Hart Energy

Is South Africa ready for oil boom?

In February, French oil company Total S.A. announced an important new gas find off the southern coast of South Africa. This find in deep waters, marks a significant departure from previous explorations, which number some 300 offshore wells located in relatively shallow waters. Total’s discovery was made in the country’s first deep-water well, using knowledge and experience gained from drilling in the harsh sub-Arctic conditions of West Shetland off Scotland. Total’s  well lies  in the Brulpadda bloc, an area of 19,000 km² some 275km south of Mossel Bay which is thought to contain around 1 billion barrels of wet gas containing some oil.  This discovery is potentially significant for South Africa’s economy, as Claire Lawrie, Senior Managing Director FTI Consulting states, “this find creates options for using South African gas finds for conversion to liquid fuels and to drive power generation.”

Headington Linkedin Group

Help establish the first business networking cyber training networking group for local businesses big and small in Headington Oxford.

Hexegic Ltd

Carried out various business consulting tasks for Hexegic a cyber, risk and Intelligence services provider to Governments and high performing businesses empowering them to safely achieve their mission

La Press.IT

Future factories-humans are underrated

Tesla’s new factory in Fremont California was the world’s first fully automated car plant, equipped with machines and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled robots, which would do everything. Unfortunately, the output of the Model 3 electric car fell well short of its 5,000 targets. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO conceded on Twitter last April, “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”

5 top meeting industry trends

According to American Express’ Global Meetings and Events Forecast, conferences and corporate events — like trade shows or sales and marketing meetings — are set to increase. In the UK alone, corporate events are big business amounting to a staggering £18.1bn in 2017. In this competitive environment, conference organizers are employing technology to organize and deliver the event and marketing to attract and retain clients. Five current trends are discernible.

Transforming Detroit

Detroit is famed as the early 20th century home of mass-market car manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, which are immortalized by Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals, now held in the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts. It is also world famous as the birthplace of Tamla Motown Records, who introduced Diana Ross and brought a new sound to pop music. Their chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville.

How fossil fuels companies like BP and Shell are transforming themselves

Several oil majors led by Shell, BP, ENI, and Total have their eyes on the incipient take-off in demand for clean power occasioned by rising populations in Asia and Africa as well as the up-coming electrification of transport. Meanwhile, government decarbonisation policies in Europe and promotion for offshore wind power by governors keen to demonstrate their “green credentials”  in North-eastern states in America, combined with the urgent call for global action against climate change by the IPPC,  pose a long-term threat to the oil major’s core business.

How Liverpool is using Culture, entertainment to regenerate itself

Liverpool is famous as the home of the Beatles and the Walker Art Gallery, housing Hockney, Degas, and Turner. It is also an important maritime city endowed with grand 19th-century civic buildings and an unrivalled musical heritage.  In the 1960s, Liverpool lost its main economic base with the closure of its city-centre docks, killed by containerization. The 19th port buildings soon became derelict. Unlike most other cities, Liverpool was a “one horse town” and when the port died – so did the city. The resultants huge job losses in the Liverpool region, known as Merseyside, caused the population to decline by over half a million people–from 1.9 million in 1980 to just 1.3 million residents in 2001. Parts of the city resembled a ghost city of abandoned homes, shops, and businesses. The only benefits were that the deserted buildings became popular with film and television makers such as the crime movies ‘Going off Big Time’ and ‘The 51st State’.

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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 a technological advance in renewable energy and electricity storage, strong government commitment, stable and transparent regulatory frameworks, and a business environment attractive to investment. After the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries have committed to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by amounts that vary according to circumstances. For example, India aims to have 40 percent of power from non- fossil fuels by 2030. However, the imperative of economic growth, the pressure of urbanisation, and an infrastructure deficit are India’s challenge and it differs from that facing South Africa or Brazil. South Africa’s immediate priorities are to eliminate poverty by creating employment and achieving sustainable economic development but it’s over-reliance on coal and the state-owned utility Eskom is a huge challenge to achieving sustainable energy.  South Africa, Brazil, and India are starting from different resource endowments and these ensure that their performance in delivering their commitments will also vary.

Pipeline Gas Journal


The term `the Balkans’ designates ten countries, of which six are already members of the EU – Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Greece – and the other four applicants for EU membership, namely Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. Both groups, belonging either to central Europe or the western Balkans in south Eastern Europe, are characterised by having aged power plants or dated infrastructure, relying heavily on coal or lignite and with low energy efficiency. Their rising demand for electricity is accompanied by concerns over energy security, and the need to embrace cleaner energy such as gas and renewables.

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. customer magazine

What are API’s and how can you leverage them for your business?

The growing numbers of consumers and businesses incorporating web and mobile apps into their daily routines are discovering for themselves valuable new uses for what were previously isolated data sources.  API’s (application programming interfaces) are proving to be useful tools that allow businesses to put their data to further use and  inspires innovative developers to improve existing products, systems and operations.


Top 10 destinations for U.S. LNG exports in 2018

America became the fifth largest exporter of liquid natural gas (LNG) in the world last year. With more liquefied natural gas plants coming online along the eastern and southern coastlines of the United States, the number of LNG export cargoes grew to nearly 500 in 2018, according to new data from the Department of Energy. Four LNG export facilities accounted for 483 shipments in 2018 compared with just 262 the previous year, an increase of 84 percent in the space of a year.

Ports compete to build ‘white elephant’ LNG import terminal

In addition to promoting Nordstream II – the new pipeline currently under construction to bring Russian natural gas to the German market – Germany has announced plans to build two LNG import terminals. Three North Sea ports, the medieval city port of Stade, Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven, have declared their interest to house the terminals. Whichever wins the contract will need substantial Federal government funding, which, early indications suggest, will be readily available.

Will the Mexican government’s bailout solve the crisis in Pemex?

In response to Fitch & Moody downgrade of Pemex’s credit rating to one notch above junk, Mexico’s government has just pledged a $3.9 billion capital injection and $200 million in tax relief, according to international media reports last Friday. This bailout package and the six-year business plan aims to help reverse Pemex’s credit downgrade, help control its USD $ 106 billion debt, boost cash flow, and crude production.

Quatre Ltd

Carried out various business consulting tasks for Quatre Ltd, a financial services provider to the global oil and gas decommissioning industry.

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