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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/

Chevron lubricants website

EUROPEAN WASTE-TO-POWER AND HEAT CHALLENGES IN EUROPE

waste-to-energy plant icon with power line and garbage truck
waste-to-energy plant icon with power line and garbage truck

Europe’s landfill sites are near to bursting and it is a costly and environmentally damaging means of disposing of waste products. There are currently two main alternative means of waste disposal apart from recycling. The two main options are incineration and anaerobic digestion, both of which produce power as a by-product and are often referred to as waste-to-power technologies. Incineration plants take mainly industrial, commercial and urban waste, burn it and the heat can be turned into power for the grid or distributed in district heating schemes.

Natural gas prospects in Europe

The last decade ushered in a tough business environment for Western Europe’s gas generation owners. Improvements in energy efficiency and rising market penetration of renewables in power generation ate into consumption of gas in Spain, Italy, France and the UK. 1 Even so, natural gas generation remains important in the electricity mix of the UK at 41 percent, closely followed by Italy with 38 percent and Hungary 27 percent. Likewise, gas power generation has remained important in gas-rich Russia.

ClimateCare

Carbon offsetting in the travel industry.

Commercial flying accounts for 2.5% of carbon emissions. In fact, someone flying from London to New York and back generates the same level of emissions, as the average person in the EU does by heating their home for a whole year. If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 emitters. With passenger numbers expected to double to 8.2 billion by 2037 the industry needs to take action.

Energy Focus

Climate Pollution Global Warming Disaster
Climate Pollution Global Warming Disaster

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

Amid growing calls for businesses and governments to step up their response to climate change, the move to make ‘net zero’ a widespread reality is taking on a new urgency. In the UK, the publication of a report by Government advisors has put the country at the forefront of global ambitions to slash carbon emissions. It calls for targets for the UK to achieve net zero carbon emissions – meaning that businesses, consumers and the built environment will need to generate as much energy as they use – by 2050.

Cities across the UK have already signalled their intention to reach the carbon reduction target but the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the UK as a whole can hit the target in 2050, if the Government invests in a net zero vision and consumers and businesses play their part in implementing change.

Eniday

Warsaw City Centre near the Palace of Culture and Central Rail Station

IS POLAND READY TO CALL TIME ON KING COAL?

For decades, smog in Polish cities such as Gdansk, Krakow and Warsaw has been the source of more than 44,000 premature deaths in Poland a year.  Poland has according to the European Environment Agency the second most polluted air after Bulgaria in Europe.

The reason that Polish cities have such an air pollution problem is the country’s reliance on coal for both heat and power.  Currently, around 76 percent of Poland’s power production is provided by coal-fired plant generation.  In contrast Germany relies on 38 percent of its power needs from coal power and the UK on some days zero percent. Due to a variety of reasons there has been reluctance for Poland to move away from its reliance on coal power. Such reasons for the countries support for coal have included national energy security, and the political power of the coal mining unions.

Oxfordprospect

Jan Kipura Festival

In the Polish Carpathian mountain town of Krynica, every year a summer music festival is held in August for one week. This summer festival has been celebrating music in all its forms since 1967. During the Jan Kiepura Festival in this old mountain spa town, events take place in all sorts of locations including open air concert venues and the main pump room. The music performed includes Polish folk music, European operetta and opera, plus modern music. This year the works of Stanisław Janicki, Georg Philipp Telemann, Strauss, Astor Piazzolla etc, were performed.

Petroleum Review

Electricity and water do not mix!

To meet the challenges of transition towards a low carbon economy by 2050, the world’s energy and maritime sectors are looking for new alternative solutions such making use of batteries for powering vessels at sea, in our rivers and canals. Today, vessels exhaust huge amounts of hazardous pollutants into the air. Mostly as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which contribute to increasing levels of air pollution.  

At present, ships transport about 80 percent of the world’s commodities, reported the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. And transportation across the oceans will continue to rise in the coming years – by 3.8 percent per annum by 2022. To accelerate the transition to carbon-neutral shipping, global freight giant Maersk has set a new and ambitious target in 2018 of having net-zero CO2 emissions from operations by 2050.

Pipeline Gas Journal

EUROPES GAS DISTRIBUTION CHALLENGES

Today, Europe’s gas market is changing due to a variety of factors including an ongoing decline in natural gas production as an increasing number of North Sea gas field’s coal and nuclear power plants retiring. As a result, such developments are good news for Europe’s gas markets, as there will we growing demand for additional gas generation, in the short term. Because of this the IEA forecasts that the continent will need to look for extra imports to meet one third of its market needs by 2025.

Rigzone

Oil workers
Oil Well and Two Oil Workers

1. DEEPWATER transformation

Deepwater projects prior to the market downturn of 2014 were not known for being small, fast or easy on budgets. Post 2014, the offshore industry responded with deep cuts in cost, cycle time and breakeven costs. These cuts brought changes in design and work processes, and in turn, reinvention for the deep-water sector. As the offshore industry continues to transform to meet global energy demands and challenges, the collaboration between service industries and operators are delivering technology solutions.

2. Oil Service Firms Eye New Survival Tactics amid Weak US Market

The last time supplies overwhelmed demand; oilfield service suppliers cut hundreds of thousands of jobs and top firms’ gushed red ink. Again we are seeing contractors cutting jobs, seeking safe harbours, mergers or putting business units on the market. Such defensive strategies come as oil and gas drillers are producing vastly more oil with less investment.

This is despite U.S. shale output is estimated to have hit 8.5 MMbbl/d, even as the number of rigs in operation fell by almost 100 in the last year. On average, analysts expect the top 50 U.S. independent oil producers will cut spending by 20% this year, with some by as much as 60%, according to review by researcher Drillinginfo.

3. A look at 5 key players improving productivity and cutting costs

New technologies, keen strategies and a sharpened focus keep offshore operators determined and decisive. Activity is picking up, and these key players are focused on increasing profits and production. This feature would look Anadarko Petroleum Co., Aker BP ASA, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron Corp.

4. Should Europe end its dependence on Russian energy?

In spite of impending American sanctions and widespread opposition including from within the European bloc, Nord Stream 2—Gazprom’s $11 billion natural gas pipeline running underneath the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany— is nearing completion.

This feature looks at the advantages and disadvantages of Europe’s current reliance on oil and gas. As well as the advantages and disadvantages of Europe reducing its need for Russian oil and gas.

5. What is the likely impact on oil prices if the US China trade war is settled?

At present the current US China trade war is affecting demand and supply of oil and gas worldwide. Resulting in declines in both investment and oil prices.

This feature looks at how likely demand and supply for oil and gas will change its impact on investment and prices etc.

6. US Oil Rig Demand Continues Decline

For the past 2 months U.S. energy firms have cut spending on new drilling and completions leading to lower production growth forecasts. Drillers cut six oil rigs in the week to Aug. 9, bringing the total count down to 764, the lowest since February 2018, General Electric Coo’s (N:GE) Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.

7. The impact of drone attacks on global oil supplies

The recent impact of drone attacks on Saudi installations including pipelines and crude oil processing plants has resulted halving the country’s output and reducing global output by 5 percent. As a result, following 14 September  attack Brent crude initially surged 20% at the start of trading, but dropped back to end at $69 a barrel, up 14.6%. In the US, oil prices finished up 14.7%, the biggest jump since 2008. But despite the drone attacks, crude oil prices remain below Brent’s 12-month high of $86.29 a barrel seen in October 2018, when West Texas Intermediate also climbed to more than $76 a barrel.

Corporate Work

Nicholas Newman

Medicare Reading

Provided marketing communications and business strategy advice to client

Oxford First Tuesday

Participated in media industry networking event in Oxford

Polish Tourism Event

Participated in Polish tourism business briefing event at Oxford Town Hall.

We Communications

Attended public relations industry networking event

Quatre Ltd

Keeping up to date on various public relations and marketing activities.

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