Here are a few examples describing or introducing some of my recent energy journalism, copywriting and other corporate communication work, which I have completed for various clients during the month of July.
Oil & Gas Pipeline Security
Pipeline theft and leaks is a costly business for pipeline operators and the environment. According to Havocscope Black Market, $37.23 Billion is due to pipeline leaks and theft annually. In some countries terrorism and organised crime is a major threat to pipeline integrity worldwide. Often, there are reports of criminal gangs operating in Columbia, Mexico and Nigeria, stealing oil and gas. As a result, such incidents have a negative impact on local communities and government budgets.
The Art of Oil
Many of the world’s most famous pictures and manuscripts have used paints and inks made from oils both mineral and vegetable oils. Without oil, painting such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Liza and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss would not have been painted and such historic documents such as the Magna Carta would not have been written and the Kings James Bible printed. Nor would we still enjoy the great pleasure of going to the Louvre in Paris to see many great painting or sit down and read a good book such as the Divine Comedy by Dante and or one of the Harry Potter novels.
Hybrid power plants
Today hybrid cars are common place, less known are hybrid power plants, these are power plants or schemes where several different power generation technologies are integrated into one project. Such projects can be of various sizes and include a whole range of technologies include combinations of such power technologies including gas, solar and wind together with some form of energy storage.
Energy shifts to a buyers’ market
A fundamental shift of power is underway in the world energy market. This is not about the transition from fossil fuels to low carbon or from high cost choices such as nuclear to lower cost gas and renewables. Even more important for producers and investors is the move from a market led by producers to a buyers’ market in which the ability to set prices and choose trading partners lies in the hands of consumers.
How air conditioning changed the world
Imagine we could control the weather – pushing a button to make it warmer or cooler, wetter or drier. The implications would be enormous. No more droughts or floods, no heat waves or icy roads. Deserts would become verdant. Crops would never fail. In fact climate change has sparked some crazy-sounding ideas for hacking the climate, such as spraying sulphuric acid into the upper atmosphere, or dumping quicklime in the oceans.
A tough choice facing immigrants in South Africa
Climate change in Southern Africa is forcing many African’s to look for jobs in relative prosperous South Africa. Unfortunately, just like in Europe and the US, this has sparked protest by local south African’s making complaints that are similar to that heard elsewhere, such as immigrants are a cause of crime and they are taking our jobs. This feature takes a look at the impact climate change is having on people desperate to find a better life in South Africa.
Researching, generating and editing of a new report on behalf of American based jet engine maker Pratt and Whitney about the economic impact such an engine would have on airlines and airports.
Why has O&G drilling activity declined since 2008?
In June 2008, the total worldwide rig count was 3269 and in June 2017, it was 2,135. There are several reasons oil and gas drilling activity has declined since 2008, these include the problem of demand and supply being out of balance. There are too much supply and too little demand.
Houston Energy Facts
Here below are some of the key facts about the energy sector in the Greater Houston area, that I learned about attending the City of Houston and Greater Houston Partnership Trade and Investment mission in London on 10 July 2017:
Should Britain’s Railways be Re-Nationalized?
I think people are asking the wrong question. When you look at traffic figures it is a victim of its success. Britain’s railways are doing well despite privatisation. Privatisation has been a success: 1.65 billion rail journeys are made annually, more than double the number before privatisation, while the volume of freight carried on the railways is up 80% since privatisation. It is doubtful if renationalised that rail fares will go down significantly since both the taxpayer and the rail user will need to fund the ongoing investment in rail repairs, investment, new projects, capacity etc.
Pipeline Gas Journal
How monitoring can detect pipeline issues
Pipeline operators face a wide range of ever-changing problems ranging from sabotage, remoteness and age. This means that pipeline networks need constant specialist care. In dangerous locations, they are prime targets for terrorist attacks whilst in remote areas; they are difficult to watch for leaks and breaks. More commonly, a common problem is age. As of 2015, 67% of oil & gas pipelines across the globe were over 20 years old and around 18% were 11-20 years old, reports Research and Markets, May 2017. For instance, about 55% of the 135,000 miles of oil and gasoline pipelines in the U.S. were installed in or before 1969, according to the EIA 2017. That is before current safety regulations were in place meaning that many are still made of cast iron and some are as much as a century old.
Turtle and Hughes
The challenge of older buildings – building energy management systems
This feature would explain how older buildings can be transformed with the help of innovative automation technology to improve the energy management and efficiency of such sites. This feature looks at the evaluation process that highlights the energy usage issues and the potential solutions for cutting energy usage in old buildings.
Improving laboratory air management
Laboratories are high users of air conditioning. This feature looks at air management measures that can be taken to make a significant contribution to cutting costs. For instance, laboratories consume four times the energy of a typical office. this feature looks at the measures and practices that can be taken to reduce energy wastage including variable air volume systems, fume cupboard best practice, integrated room air management, BEMs best practice etc.