Here are a few examples describing or introducing some of my recent energy journalism, copyediting, copywriting and other corporate communication work, which I have completed for various clients during the month of October.
BP IN AFRICA
To meet increasing global demand for cleaner energy from industry and the power sector, BP is shifting its product portfolio towards gas. By 2025, the company expects 60 percent of its production to be gas compared with 50 percent today. 75 percent of BP’s planned start-ups to 2021 will be gas. Encouraged by recent significant discoveries of natural gas in Mozambique, Tanzania, Angola, Ghana, and Nigeria by Eni and Kosmos Energy and Tullow Oil, BP is increasing its exploration activities and gas acreage in Egypt, Mauritania, and Senegal to broaden their position in excellent gas fields.
Energy sector stepping up to cyber threats
Energy is a strategic industry sector, which, like others, is grappling against evolving cyber security threats. “There are opportunities throughout the life-cycle for threat actors to attack the system, disrupt services, steal information, and gain from security lapses,” says Duncan Page, cyber specialist PWC. For many, Duncan Page observes,” it is a game of catch-up, as they seek to protect vital command, control, and distribution systems from increasingly professional cyber criminals, able to threaten the integrity of pipelines, power grids and energy storage facilities”. The big fear is that a cyber- attack could cripple a country’s nuclear plants, energy infrastructure, or vital operations.
HOW DRONES ARE AIDING THE ENERGY SECTOR
Across the world, we are seeing the increasing use of drones to build, repair, clean, etc., energy installations such as rigs, solar and wind farms, power plants, rigs etc. The arrival of drones is improving productivity, health, and safety of energy workers worldwide, this feature looks at the Challenges, technologies, and issues that using drones has had on the global energy industry.
How gas is adapting to markets and technologies
The last decade has seen dramatic changes in the global gas market, because of the arrival of new supplies, challenges, and technological solutions. For instance, the global gas glut has encouraged new opportunities to occur in the transport, petrochemical and power generation sectors. In addition, advances in new technologies have created new opportunities, at various scales, for gas to work together with renewables in meeting the world’s power generation needs. This feature looks at some of these developments.
The history of fossil fuels
Much of the fossil fuels including coal, crude oil and natural gas we use today, was created millions of years ago, such as the days of the dinosaurs. Since then such fossil fuels have played an important part in the evolution of humankind. In Ancient times, the availability of fossil fuels played an important part in the development of their production of bronze, iron etc. Since then fossil fuels have played an important part in the history of innovation, industrial, economic, cultural, and artistic development. This feature looks at some key development that fossil fuels have played in the development of humankind.
Young people don’t want to work for oil companies
The bright minds of tomorrow want to pursue careers at Tesla, not ExxonMobil. Sixty-two percent of teens ages 16 to 19 say a career in oil and gas is unappealing, according to a survey of 1,200 young Americans that was released this week by EY. That includes 39% who say the industry is very unappealing. The numbers are a bit better among Millennials. Forty-five percent of those aged 20 to 35 said they are attracted to oil and gas jobs, while 44% are not. The poll asked respondents to rate how appealing a career in the industry is for them. The findings suggest Big Oil’s environmental challenges and boom-to-bust nature have created a negative stigma that will make it difficult to attract talent in the future.
International Maritime Organization
Green shipping: Eco ships
The International Maritime Organization’s regulations, ships built after 2025 will be 30 percent more efficient, with better engines, cleaner fuels, and smarter speed management. In anticipation, ship designers, builders, and engine manufacturers are currently working on improving energy efficiency with a new engine
ENERGY PRICES FORECAST 2020
Predicting the direction, let alone the degree of change in energy prices is tricky and revisions are common. Transport, power, and industry, as the major consumers of fossil fuels will be the major beneficiaries of any reduction or plateauing of oil and gas prices. Coal-fired power output has been flat for several years but it is still the world’s number one. Coal’s share of the global power mix was 41 percent in 2001 falling just slightly to 39 percent in 2016. Increasing electrification and tighter regulations on pollution should favour gas at the expense of coal. In response, oil majors have noticeably increased gas as a proportion of their output. According to the IEA outlook, renewable energy will grow by about 1000 GW by 2022, meaning that the share of renewables in the world’s electricity mix will increase from about 24 percent in 2016 to 29 percent by 2022. In terms of marginal growth, coal is losing out to gas and rising renewables, which now account for the majority of growth in global electricity output. The cost of renewable technology is expected to fall and this, together with its scalability and speed of build, boosts its attractiveness.
Pipeline Gas Journal
THE SMELL OF SAFETY
Ensuring that natural gas is easily detectable is not just for the sake of customer safety but is also about economics. For example, the loss of over 607,000 tons of gas by the Southern California Gas company gas storage facility near Los Angeles is estimated to have cost the company some $665 million in lost gas according to the San Diego Tribune, October 2017.
Britain’s Gas-Mains Replacement Programme
Britain is halfway through replacing the regional gas distribution network which serves some 23 million businesses and homes. A pipeline some 250,000 kilometres –long, it is also rather old. “Much of the original UK network is over a hundred years old,” says Jonathan Callighan, Construction and Procurement Director of Cadent Gas, which operates half of the regional gas distribution network. Preconstruction surveys of the network have identified and prioritized what needed to be done and where. In order to minimise disruption to the public, the replacement of all cast-iron and ductile mains will be restricted to within 30 m of buildings. This work is progressing at the rate of about 3,500 km a year according to Callighan and will be ultimately paid for by customers through their gas bills.
Ongoing corporate communications planning and development work completing various projects for Quatre Ltd.