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Andrew Bradshaw

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Improved dialogue between oil industry and Treasury benefiting both sides

by Andrew Bradshaw
22 Nov

The announcement by the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond that changes will be made to the tax regime for assets on the U.K. Continental Shelf was called for by the oil and gas industry – so needless to say it will be welcomed, but what is the bigger story?

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How was Offshore Europe 2017 for you?

by Andrew Bradshaw
11 Sep

The dust has just settled on Offshore Europe 2017 (OE2017) in Aberdeen, the region’s
leading conference for the oil and gas industry, so now’s a good time to consider some of the key takeaways that came up at the show.

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Topics: Energy Insight

Survival at home means increasing business abroad

by Andrew Bradshaw
08 Sep

It’s often said if you travel to any of the oil and gas centres around the world you’ll soon hear a Scots' accent. That’s because the quality of our engineering expertise and excellence is recognised and admired globally.

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Decommissioning; the £60 billion prize

by Andrew Bradshaw
07 Sep

When North Sea oil and gas came to prominence in the 1970s, many thought that we might have an industry that would last 10 years or so.

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How to survive and thrive in the ‘new normal’ of lower oil prices

by Andrew Bradshaw
06 Sep

The U.K.’s oil and gas industry has made great strides to improve its efficiency since the start of the downturn in commodity prices in 2014. 

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Leaner, fitter, stronger

by Andrew Bradshaw
05 Sep

As the international oil and gas industry’s spotlight shines on the North Sea at Offshore Europe this week, one of the key questions being asked is ‘how optimistic are we?’ or ‘how optimistic do we dare to be?’

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Five key lessons from the Oil & Gas UK conference

by Andrew Bradshaw
13 Jun

The recent annual Oil & Gas UK conference in Aberdeen once again provided an excellent opportunity for operators and service companies to share their own developments and obtain a broader understanding of how the North Sea is faring as we enter a fourth year of prolonged low hydrocarbon prices. Here are some of the things I took away from the event.

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Realism and optimism blend at OTC 2017

by Andrew Bradshaw
05 May

The emerging resurgence in United States oil and gas, led by the onshore shale sector, had encouraged some commentators to anticipate that this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which has just been held in Houston, would represent a show of strength and unbridled optimism for increased activity both at home in the US and globally.

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Five tips for surviving OTC

by Andrew Bradshaw
12 Apr

With hopes high that the international oil and gas industry may have seen the worst of the current downturn in commodity price, it’s anticipated that this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, (May 1-4) will attract an increased number of visitors.

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What OTC will tell us about the state of international oil and gas

by Andrew Bradshaw
27 Mar

With a growing optimism that the three-year downturn in the fortunes of the international oil and gas industry may be improving, all eyes will be on this year’s Offshore Technical Conference (OTC), which runs from May 1-4 in Houston’s NRG Park.

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Topics: Energy Insight