When I was a child, we had a house full of pets. Loads of them. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, fish, birds, I even had to look after a goat. Pretty much half the house seemed to be under the weight of animals, and I wanted to be a zoo keeper. It just seemed the natural way to live.Details
Sarah Gillet, the British Ambassador to Norway, recently spoke at an event in Aberdeen about opportunities in the Norwegian Sea. She gave an insight into the current environment, noting:
- Production costs are down,
- Oil price is more stable,
- Global energy demand is increasing,
- Plentiful reserves left on the Norwegian shelf,
- 80 fields are currently producing – (most in North Sea, 16 in Norwegian Sea, and 2 in Barents Sea),
- 7 new field developments are underway (worth approximately 23 billion pounds),
- There are 5 new plans for Operation and Development.
While the above is always good to hear, what I found most interesting about Sarah’s talk, was her reference to the Darwinian Theory; stating “it’s not the strongest that survive, but those most susceptible to change”.Details
I recently attended an Oil & Gas UK Business Outlook Breakfast Briefing, where the phrase of the day was ‘cautiously optimistic’.
We’ve seen in the news that North Sea operators are reviving, the biggest story being the recent Hurricane Energy discovery near Shetland. The briefing figures showed that unit costs are down and profits/projects are on the rise. People seem to be getting better at doing more with less.
Indeed, the atmosphere at the breakfast was far more convivial than the last I attended back in December 2015.
All very positive, however, we still have a long way to go. So, how do we go forward from here?Details
Since we created our cloud service in 2009, one of the first in oil and gas and still the leader, we have built and managed our own infrastructure in multiple data centres in the UK. After a year of work, in the next week we’ll be moving our platform to infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services, and I wanted to explain why.Details