Free the Porcupine

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”.

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Constant Service Improvement

As many of you know, we have recently refreshed large parts of our production service infrastructure. Parts of the existing hardware, while still running well, had reached three years of age, which represents the point where we deem the ROI on renewal to be about right. In a cloud based service the ROI is made immediately more attractive because the cost is shared between all the consumers of the service.

Also, there have also been a lot of advances in three years for hardware.

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Service Infrastructure Refresh

We are pleased to announce that, as part of our service improvements for 2014, we are undertaking a full refresh of our service infrastructure in our data centre. This will include the full replacement of the storage, networking and server infrastructure, enhancing service reliability and bringing a further boost to performance and capacity.

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