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Decommissioning in the North Sea: Rigs, Reefs, but not much Realism

We hear a lot these days about how the oil and gas industry is winding down in the North Sea – and so it is. Which means that huge numbers of rigs, pipelines and other offshore facilities will need to be ‘decommissioned’ over the next ten years and beyond. At the moment, the plan is to dismantle…

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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 2)

I can’t help but think of the World Future Energy Summit as a great big oily bubble: despite the fact that the work of companies of every conceivable variety is on display in the Exhibition, with the alternative energy paradigm (renewables, storage, efficiency etc) becoming more and more of a…

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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 3)

It’s precisely this combination of factors that has made my involvement in the amazing Zayed Future Energy Prize (as a member of its Selection Committee from its inception) so utterly fascinating! The Prize celebrates everything that is good and exciting and planet-enhancing about the alternative…

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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 1)

For me, the annual World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi is the best possible place for trying to get my head around the global energy sector. And a strange and surprising place it is too. WFES has grown massively since I first attended it back in 2008, with 11,000 attendees, to more than 36,000…

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UK Government Off to Flying Start in Post-Paris Era!

You’ve got to hand it to this lot: when it comes to brazen, carbon-intensive balls, they’ve got ‘em! First out of the blocks was the heavily-whipped decision in Parliament on Wednesday to allow fracking under (but not, as yet, in) National Parks and other protected areas. So that’s all right then:…

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The Hinkley Horror Story: Don’t Mention the Waste!

I haven’t been able to bring myself to write anything about Hinkley Point since the UK Government gave the go-ahead on 15th September. I suppose I’ve lived for so long with the inevitability of this insane project being approved, at some point, notwithstanding the endless delays, that I wasn’t…

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