Rebecca Bleasdale Head of External Communications & Content at ABB Power Grids
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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 energy markets and how suppliers of technological goods and services had adjusted to meet new market challenges. Also discussed prospects for energy tech suppliers in 2020.

Quatre Ltd

Evaluated the past year and discussed prospects  for the company.

Also determined a future marketing, communication and public relations strategy for 2020

Journalism, Insight and Analysis

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The decommissioning challenge in South East Asia

For many decades now, South East Asia has been an important oil and gas producer, accounting for five percent of current global oil production. But now, age has caught up with oil and gas infrastructure in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Do mariners dream of electric ships?

The shipping industry is sailing for stormy seas. Tougher regulations on fuel are to take effect in 2020, and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has challenged the industry to cut its carbon footprint by half by 2050.


1.       How internet of things through remote support can help fill the skills gap

2.       Automating oil and gas

3.       How Do Offshore Communications Work?

 4.       Ensuring Pipeline Integrity

5.       How do pipeline operators inspect and maintain pipelines

6.       Pipeline corrosion


Pasir Panjang Terminal 4 to 6 in Singapore. Image supplied by  PSA Singapore.
Pasir Panjang Terminal 4 to 6 in Singapore. Image supplied by PSA Singapore.

Singapore getting ready for IMO 2020

Singapore is one of the world’s leading ports and bunkering hubs; the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recorded 4.005 million metric tonnes (MT) of marine fuel sales during October 2019. The port authority has announced several measures to prepare the port to be able to supply IMO 2020 compliant marine fuels to visiting vessels. Each year, more than 40,000 ships call at the city-state for refuelling each year.

Power Generation Technology Autumn edition

Provision of editorial, content and management layout service



  • Automation
  • Innovation
  • Efficiency and Productivity
  • Operational costs and issues
  • Regulations


Times are changing for the steam turbine market

Repair market

The demand for traditional power generation and aftermarket support is being threatened by the growing usage of alternative energy technologies including renewables and energy storage. Even so the demand for traditional power generation and aftermarket support remain strong in such markets as India and Malaysia.

Is there a future for fossil fuel generation in the US

Peaking plants

The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. US power demand has plateaued, due in part to greater energy efficiency, whilst renewable energy prices are in decline. At the same time gas power generation continues to surge. But, coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes.

World demand for power continues to climb

Market News

According to the American Energy Information Administration (EIA), International Energy Outlook 2019 report, demand for power worldwide continues to grow. This is especially driven by users of electricity in residential and commercial buildings.

Normet SmartDrive drives Explosives Charging to New Era

Civil engineering

Normet, the fast-growing and highly innovative technology company from Finland is internationally renowned for its exceptional underground operation concepts. With the very first launch of the brand-new SmartDrive battery electric vehicle architecture at bauma in Munich, Normet is holding very steadily its position as a pioneer in tunneling and mining equipment as well as underground expertise.

The cost of power by source and storage

Supply costs

In November 2019, research analysts Lazard released their report comparing the levelized cost of energy for various types of conventional and alternative generation technologies and storage formats. This report is one of the most regarded assessments by the industry in the world.

Japan looks to offshore wind

Offshore wind power

It is surprising that given the technological capability of Japan’s economy; it has come late to exploiting its offshore wind resources. This is despite the country having the seventh longest coastline in the world at about 30,000 km. This feature looks at the opportunities for offshore wind in Japanese coastal  waters. One thing is clear for a country eager to reduce its energy imports and cut its carbon footprint, offshore wind offers many opportunities.

Pipeline Gas Journal


The Power of Siberia $9 billion gas pipeline is set to become according to Gazprom, the longest transmission pipeline, east of the Ural Mountains. This pipeline also introduces an additional source of gas to China, providing feedstock for planned gas generation plants and will help towards reducing the country’s dependence on coal. By 2025, this 3,000 km pipeline will honour the $400 billion contract, signed in 2014 between Gazprom and CNPC, to supply 38 BCM a year for 30 years, to CNPC customers in China’s north east.


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The Power of Siberia pipeline nears completion

The Power of Siberia $9 billion gas pipeline is set to become according to Gazprom, the longest transmission pipeline, east of the Ural Mountains. From 2025, it will transmit 61 billion cubic meters (BCM) of natural gas a year from Irkutsk and Yakutia to Russia’s Far East, bringing vital energy for the economic development of the Russian side of the Amur River and onwards to China

OPEC faces increasing competition

OPEC admitted that demand for its oil over the next few years could be drastically weaker than it previously thought, due to a combination of a weakening economy, rising supply elsewhere, and pressure from climate activists.

Brazil expects to double its oil production

Brazil may be able to produce in the future as much as 7 million barrels of oil per day (bpd), Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Wednesday, without specifying a timeline for this. The South American oil producer, which currently pumps 3 million bpd of crude oil, could further consolidate its global position as an exporter of commodities.

Could the LNG boom go bust?

For years, LNG developers have sold investors on multi-billion dollar export projects based on the premise of the world’s insatiable appetite for natural gas. However, it’s been 3 years since the first US shipment of LNG left Cheniere Energy liquid faction plant left mainland US made history by exporting the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States. Now industry forecasters are debating whether an LNG bubble is developing around the vast sweep of projects scheduled to come online over the next 10 years.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Set For Record Year in 2020

Despite massive cuts in investment the US Gulf of Mexico is set for another year of record oil production in 2020, according to Rystad Energy. Most of the supply growth next year will come from deep-water projects, according Rystad. “2020 is expected to be another record year with average production above 1.9 million barrels per day,” says Joachim Milling Gregersen, an analyst on Rystad Energy’s upstream team.

Offshore drilling rig market to continue to improve in 2020, says IHS

The global offshore rig market is set to continue its tentative recovery for the foreseeable future. The global offshore rig market is set to continue its tentative recovery for the foreseeable future, according to IHS Markit. These findings are set out in a recent blog post entitled “2021 offshore rig market: Out of intensive care but in rehab.”

FPSO prospects in 2020

Floating production storage and offloading vessels are a crucial element of modern offshore oil and gas projects. The first oil FPSO was utilised on the Shell Castellon field in the Spanish Mediterranean in 1977 and there are now almost 300 FPSOs operating worldwide.Due to their flexibility, an FPSO provides several advantages over fixed platforms. They can more easily be mobilised to other remote or deep-water locations. This creates time and cost savings while increasing safety levels and accessibility to commercially viable fields.

The global boom in natural gas demand is about to slow, the International Energy Agency says

IEA chalks up the slowdown to forecasts for weaker economic growth, a return to average weather conditions and diminishing opportunities to switch from coal to gas in electric power plants. Adoption of natural gas is the biggest contributor to the steady decline of coal-fired power in the U.S. energy mix. China, the world’s second largest economy, is following a similar path as Beijing seeks to quickly improve the nation’s air quality.

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