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  • Bill Lee CEO of Oxford Film Productions interviews Nicholas Newman energy journalist at
    Bill Lee of Oxford Film Productions interviews Nicholas Newman energy consultant and journalist at, about some of the latest issues affecting the oil and gas sectors in Europe and worldwide.
  • Responsible Energy Leadership Workshops
    It is clear many of the problems that the global energy industry faces today are a failure to provide effective and responsible energy leadership. Examples of energy leadership failure can be seen from the government reports on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident in Japan and Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Such incidents could have been either avoided or mitigated if the participating stakeholders had exercised responsible energy leadership. It is clear in both cases that the inherent decision-making culture was not encouraging participants to test and evaluate the suitability, sustainability and implications of their energy leadership decisions.
  • The Impact of Russia’s Refinery Upgrade Plans on Global Fuel Oil Markets
    While higher fuel specifications and regulatory changes in the bunkers market are most likely to have a big impact on long-term fuel oil demand, a structural shift of a similar magnitude on the supply side is already taking place, particularly in Russia, the largest exporter of fuel oil.
  • The Energy North Awards - Nominations Open
    The Energy North Awards will take place on Friday 12th October 2012 at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness. The evening celebrates the contribution businesses and individuals have made to developing the energy industry in the Highlands & Islands region whether it be a project, service, technology or investment in skills. Headline Sponsor is Harper Macleod, with event sponsors including Highlands & Enterprise, Technip, DECC.
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  • FRACTUALLY INCORRECT: Where are the facts on hydraulic fracturing and climate change?
    The debate on fracking is ever increasing in both frequency and intensity. This so-called dash for gas was given the green light earlier this year by our ‘greenest ever’ government after the findings of a joint report by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineers concluded that, with close monitoring, hydraulic fracturing for shale gas should go ahead in the UK.
  • Completion of expanded gas storage facility at Gasunie Zuidwending B.V.
    Fastest gas storage facility in the world ready for balancing role in increasingly more sustainable energy mix Backup for gas trading function and security of supply in the Netherlands Project concluded safely and well within schedule and within budget
  • What's red, delicious and produced in greater quantities in Poland than in any other country in the world?
    World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea, 17 October 2013: Forces transforming the global energy industry are presenting both opportunities and challenges for Russia, according to senior government and industry figures at the World Energy Congress in Korea.
  • Why is British Energy Policy led by a bunch of Amateurs?
    Energy has been much in the news recently, including threatened closure of an oil refinery, high energy bills etc. The Grangemouth refinery story for instance has been treated in the media as a simple industrial relations story. However, what is being ignored is that European refinery industry is in trouble, due to competition from abroad caused in part by the US shale gas and oil revolution, high energy costs and productivity issues caused failures to invest in new technology.
  • The end of gazproms monopoly Russia v EU
    At Oxford's St.Antony College a panel discussion took place about how the EU and Gazprom view the future development of the European gas market. One thing became clear the importance of European competition law was likely to affect the future of relations between Brussels and Moscow. Also that hopes that Gazprom would loose its monopoly during the current political cycle in Russia, will have to wait until the next federal parliamentary elections.
  • Oman Drydock announces strongest year of trading
  • Challenges to JCC Pricing in Asian LNG Markets
  • All gas storage capacity offered in Gasunie Zuidwending auction sold
  • The New Shale Gas Countries
    This report by Nicholas Newman and published by PennEnergy Research and Power Generation Research highlights both the challenges and major factors that face the industry, investors and governments in the 13 significant countries, in terms of technically recoverable shale gas assets, outside the United States in repeating the American shale gas revolution.
  • Oil and gas specialist opens London office
  • Gasunie launches EnergyStock B.V. for fast-cycle gas storage services
  • The fuel cell for home
  • Blenheim Palace Goes Greener with Hallidays Hydropower
  • OEG Offshore boosts international reach with Caspian-focussed acquisition
  • APPG Unconventional Oil and Gas: 14th onshore licensing opens
    The All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas notes the opening of the bidding process for new licences to extract shale gas, and calls on the industry to adopt and maintain the highest standards of environmental stewardship and community engagement to help reassure the British public. The announcement of the 14th licensing round represents a significant milestone for the UK unconventional oil and gas industry and brings closer the potential for it to contribute to our energy mix. However, the APPG supports the Government’s expectation that the highest standards are observed by potential developers minimising the risk to surrounding areas. Additionally, the APPG agrees that there are important areas like National Parks that deserve to be protected from development in all but the most exceptional circumstances.
  • Investment environment key to closing Africa’s energy gap, says Standard Bank
    Standard Bank, Africa’s largest lender by assets, and General Electric today reaffirmed their commitment to Africa at a power financing roundtable held in Washington DC. The partnership sees both parties aiming to bridge the power financing gap in Africa and forms part of the US Africa Leaders’ Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of state and government as well as key stakeholders to visit Washington on any one occasion.
  • Momentum gathering in Power Africa initiative across Africa
    About Standard Bank Group Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets and earnings. Our strategy is to build the leading African-focused financial services organisation using all our competitive advantages to the full. We will focus on delivering superior sustainable shareholder value by serving the needs of our customers through first-class, on-the-ground operations in chosen countries in Africa. We will also connect other selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other, applying our sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, globally. We operate in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa. Standard Bank has a 151-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s. In recent years, Standard Bank has concluded key acquisitions on the African continent in Kenya and Nigeria. Africa is at our core and we will continue to build first-class on-the-ground banks. The group’s nearly 49 000 employees in all regions deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management. Standard Bank's Corporate & Investment Banking division offers its clients banking, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services to connect selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other. It has strong offerings in mining and metals; oil, gas and renewables; power and infrastructure; agribusiness; telecommunications and media; and financial institutions. Normalised headline earnings for 2013 were R17.2 billion (about USD 1.8 billion) and total assets were R1 694 billion (about USD 162 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation at 31 December 2013 was R209.4 billion (about USD20 billion). The group’s largest shareholder is Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20,1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets. For further information go to
  • NES Global Talent Strengthens Subsurface Expertise in Australia as Demand Increases
    11th August 2014 – Brisbane, Australia: NES Global Talent, the manpower solutions provider, has appointed subsurface specialist David Styles as a Lead Consultant in Brisbane as demand for subsurface skills grows across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

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