Skills Gap Challenges Energy Majors

Skills Gap Challenges Energy Majors

New graduates are shunning the oil and gas industry in droves, despite the lure of good salaries. What can the industry do to attract top talent?

Interview: CTEC Energy

Interview: CTEC Energy

We interviewed Mike Burns at CTEC Energy in Newhaven Port. The gasifier project converts plastics and biomass into electricity and heat with significantly lower emissions than a traditional incinerator. 

Energy Journal – Nov 2020

The latest Energy Journal from the International Association of Energy Economics has landed on my doormat with a loud thud. The latest issue is 312 pages long. In Volume 41, Number 6, I was struck by the paper Are Energy Executives Rewarded For Luck? by Lucas Davis...

Energy for a Net Zero Society

The BIEE’s bi-annual research conference will be held on March 30-31, 2021. The conference will focus on building the foundations and policies of the low carbon transition aimed at achieving a net zero carbon society in a way that is fair and just. It will address how we live, work and travel, and how policy, infrastructure and the private sector can respond to enable the transformation of heat, transport and industry.

Crude oil valuation and pricing

Crude oil valuation and pricing

This course explains how refineries can evaluate specific crude oils from the 600 or more crude oil streams available from around the world.

Technologies

New technologies are rife but no single innovation is sure to be a game-changer.

Leadership

It’s always easier to sit on one’s hands. But leadership means taking action amid uncertainty.

Energy Transitions

The transition in energy is only part of it. Several inter-related transitions must be made to achieve a sustainable future.

My Goals

I have worked as a reporter and market analyst with some of the biggest information providers in the energy sector: Standard & Poors Platts, Reuters (now Refinitiv) and the Russian business data and technology business Interfax. I have also worked as a consultant...

energy and resources

Energy and ResourcesThe energy  transition will involve a shift  from the fossil fuels that have been used for the last three centuries to low carbon fuel sources such as renewables. The scale of the transition will be unprecedented. The world population will rise...

Concrete Steps (Still) Needed

The article below was carried in the December 2018 edition of Power Fuels Tracker, an Interfax publication of which I was editor. Most of the content is still (sadly) relevant. By Peter Stewart, Interfax Chief Energy Analyst “Don’t divide the skin while it’s still on...

Coal

Coal is an abundant and cheap energy resource but it has a huge environmental and health impact. Coal is the most pollutive of the energy sources used, and it kills millions of people in poorly ventilated homes each year. Coal is increasingly facing competition from natural gas, although some people believe that it has a future if “clean coal” technologies can be improved. 

Oil and Gas

The oil and gas majors have an unenviable reputation as lumbering behemoths that make huge amounts of money from producing fuels that cause global warming: big business at its worst. While many of the largest companies are seeking to change their business models, many see too little action  being taken too late. Greenwash is part of the problem: oil companies can spend fortunes on expensive PR firms to improve their brand, rather than taking substantive action to improve their carbon footprint. Companies like BP and Shell who have taken radical steps to reconfigure their business, remain pariahs in the eyes of environmentalists. 

Renewables

The Brave New World of renewables has faced a triple whammy from the fall in oil and gas prices after Covid-19, the rise of populist governments such as those of Trump in the US who have reversed tighter rules on fossil fuels, and a slowdown in China’s expansion of its solar and wind power sector. Although this has taken its toll on the growth of renewables, costs continue to drop and and the public support of renewables does not seem to be waning.  

Future Fuels

Many fuels are in the very early stages of their development but technological breakthroughs are pushing some of these forward at breakneck speed. New catalysts are making hydrogen production cheaper, algae still attracts backers from the finance and investment community, and breakthroughs in nuclear fusion remain possible as the world’s largest fusion plant is built in France. The energy landscape is always changing, and disruptive technological change makes it very difficult to predict which fuels will dominate the future. 

Energy and Water

As planetary resources are stretched further by population growth, the availability of water looks likely to become a key determinant of which fuels will have a future, Making energy requires millions of gallons of water, particularly new technologies such as fracking, and so the world’s water resources are under increasing pressure. Intense geopolitical pressures have emerged over the diversion of water resources through the use of dams, and many people expect the next major war will be over water supplies rather than oil supplies. 

Natural Resources

Resource availability will remain a challenge as the world moves away from fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal to renewable sources and energy storage. The battery industry faced its first major price shock in 2017 when lithium and cobalt supplies, which are limited geographically, were unable to keep up with growing demand. 

Skills Gap Challenges Energy Majors

New graduates are shunning the oil and gas industry in droves, despite the lure of good salaries. What can the industry do to attract top talent?

Green Careers Week

Peter spoke on 8th November at the inaugural Green Careers Week on the theme of Green Careers: What are the Opportunities? When and Where?

Interview: CTEC Energy

We interviewed Mike Burns at CTEC Energy in Newhaven Port. The gasifier project converts plastics and biomass into electricity and heat with significantly lower emissions than a traditional incinerator. 

Energy Journal – Nov 2020

The latest Energy Journal from the International Association of Energy Economics has landed on my doormat with a loud thud. The latest issue is 312 pages long. In Volume 41, Number 6, I was struck by the paper Are Energy Executives Rewarded For Luck? by Lucas Davis...

Energy for a Net Zero Society

The BIEE’s bi-annual research conference will be held on March 30-31, 2021. The conference will focus on building the foundations and policies of the low carbon transition aimed at achieving a net zero carbon society in a way that is fair and just. It will address how we live, work and travel, and how policy, infrastructure and the private sector can respond to enable the transformation of heat, transport and industry.

Crude oil valuation and pricing

This course explains how refineries can evaluate specific crude oils from the 600 or more crude oil streams available from around the world.

Technologies

New technologies are rife but no single innovation is sure to be a game-changer.

Leadership

It’s always easier to sit on one’s hands. But leadership means taking action amid uncertainty.

Energy Transitions

The transition in energy is only part of it. Several inter-related transitions must be made to achieve a sustainable future.

My Goals

I have worked as a reporter and market analyst with some of the biggest information providers in the energy sector: Standard & Poors Platts, Reuters (now Refinitiv) and the Russian business data and technology business Interfax. I have also worked as a consultant...

energy and resources

Energy and ResourcesThe energy  transition will involve a shift  from the fossil fuels that have been used for the last three centuries to low carbon fuel sources such as renewables. The scale of the transition will be unprecedented. The world population will rise...

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