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Work completed in October 2019

Here below are a few brief examples of the work completed for a range of corporate clients and business publications. To find out more contact Nicholas Newman at for further information of the services and expertise available to customers.


The 6 trends shaping Southeast Asia’s clean energy sector

Two-thirds of the global increase in demand for energy will come from Southeast Asia as it modernises, and experts say more than half of this will be met with renewable energy. Southeast Asia’s energy consumption is set to boom over the coming decades, alongside a growing population, a more energy-intensive economy and greater access to the grid.


How drones are transforming the oil and gas sector

An increasing number of oil and gas companies are employing drones to inspect and monitor critical infrastructure including pipelines, offshore rigs, storage tanks and flare stacks.


Oil refinery
Oil refinery

Billions at Play

A book review

Over the years there have been many books about some of the failures, successes and near misses in the development of Africa’s energy sector. This book by NJ Ayek looks at some of the reasons behind Africa’s energy sector evolution. This book is available at Amazon, on Kindle and in Hardback.

Like many previous writers have said bringing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to the region will have a massive game changing effect on the economic development of the area. For example, it looks at how, if the region’s economies overcame the massive skills gap, capital shortages, governance issues and regulatory obstacles, then we would see a much more sustained and successful performance in the continents energy sector.

Pipeline and Gas Journal


Europe is in transition towards a low carbon economy in which fossil fuels share in the energy mix will have fallen from just under 75 percent in 2017 to 59 percent in 2040, forecasts BP Energy Outlook – 2019, due mainly to the phasing out of coal power generation in many countries. In the short term, the decline in North Sea’s gas output, phasing out of coal and nuclear power plants and the increasing use of gas-peeking plants, should increase the demand for natural gas by 20 bcm which is enough to satisfy one third of Europe’s market need in 2025. 

Precision Media and Communications

Decommissioning Indonesia’s Oil & Gas

It is not only the North Sea, Canada and the US that face the challenge of decommissioning of its aging oil sector, but other parts of the world including South East Asia and especially Indonesia. This report looks at the many issues, challenges and solutions that Indonesia faces.


Oil workers
Oil Well and Two Oil Workers

The challenges faced in extending Columbia’s aging oil and gas fields

Latin American states like Columbia have been important producers of oil and gas supply the needs of the Latin American, Caribbean and North American markets. Colombia’s crude oil and product infrastructure is primarily located in the northwest and centre of the country, close to major crude producing and refined product-consuming regions.

The challenge of decommissioning in South East Asia.

For the past century South East Asia has been an important oil and gas producing region supplying energy to customers in the region. Because of this there is an increasing number of aging oil and gas rigs both onshore and offshore destined for retirement. Due to a range of environmental, plus health and safety concerns the regions industry is starting to develop policies to tackle the growing problem of decommissioning oil and gas rigs.

Can oil companies grow – and cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Increasingly oil companies are responding to calls to cut their carbon footprint, even as demand for oil and gas remains strong. Current forecasts suggest demand will increase from 100 million b/d today to a peak of 110 million b/d in the mid-2030s.Demand growth over the next decade or two is driven by global GDP growth, which, in turn, will lift large numbers of people in the developing world out of poverty and into prosperity. With the best will in the world, renewables can’t do it all.

Europe’s energy landscape will be completely changed once the Dutch shut down the largest gas field on the continent years ahead of schedule, according to Rystad Energy.

The Netherland recently announced that production at Groningen – Europe’s largest gas field – will be halted in 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned. However, despite the ambitious target of decommissioning the field by 2022, Rystad Energy expects that there could be some residual production from Groningen up to 2030 as it is technically challenging to completely shut down production in such a short timeframe.

Quatre Ltd

Nicholas Newman at a meeting

Press Release – Packing-up Caudrilla is not the end of the decommissioning story.

The announcement of Cuadrilla Resources’ closure of its Lancashire site[i] this month is far from the end of the decommissioning story. There remain many North Sea oil and gas rigs due for closure and decommissioning over the next decades. As part of the decommissioning effort, every drill site and related infrastructure has to be made safe and secure to prevent greenhouse gases, such as methane, from leaking into the atmosphere.[ii]


The National Audit Office (NAO) report Fracking for shale gas in England[i] demonstrates that it is still uncertain who pays for the cost of shale gas decommissioning if the operator becomes bankrupt. Fortunately for the taxpayer, London based firm Quatre Ltd provides a financial solution. Its Environment Trust (ET), will if adopted by the government, protects both the taxpayer and landowner from the possible decommissioning risks should an operator become bankrupt.

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