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Andrew Bradshaw

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It’s exciting times for subsea – don’t be sunk by outdated marketing

by Andrew Bradshaw
04 Feb

The three-year downturn in oil and gas, which started mid 2014, was felt throughout the industry. But it was arguably in the subsea sector that the impact was felt most.

In every corner of the world, one high-cost project after another was shelved or abandoned as subsea budgets were hit hard in favour of the less expensive and ‘quick win’ alternatives offered by North American shale.

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Topics: Energy Insight, Marketing, Strategy

The key challenges facing the energy industry of the future.

by Andrew Bradshaw
22 Jan

An impending shortfall in oil supply, a 25 percent increase in energy demand by 2040, the dramatic rise of electricity and a global collective failure to tackle greenhouse gas emissions are some of the key points in the recently-published World Energy Outlook 2018 from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Topics: Energy Insight, content, Public Relations

Stop start growth creates supply chain confusion

by Andrew Bradshaw
07 Jan

There is across the board recognition that the cyclical oil and gas industry, which has been characterised by a series of peaks and troughs throughout its history, is now out of the worst from the most recent downturn and is starting to look up once more.

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Topics: Insider, Energy Insight

Can New Gas Finds Help the UK Towards a Carbon Free Future?

by Andrew Bradshaw
06 Nov

In the latest edition of Energy North our Head of Energy Insight Andrew discusses the future of the U.K's gas industry in the North Sea.

It may be a remote, harsh and challenging area to operate in, but the deep waters west of the Shetland Isles may arguably hold the future of the U.K.’s gas industry and of the country’s wider energy provision in their grasp.

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Topics: Insider, team, Energy Insight

ONS 2018 – looking to the future with a reminder of the past

by Andrew Bradshaw
28 Aug

Stavanger in Norway is the home of the international oil and gas industry this week as the city hosts the ONS conference and exhibition. 

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Topics: Insider, team, Energy Insight

OTC Houston – 50th edition proves quality is more important than quantity

by Andrew Bradshaw
07 May

The 50th edition of OTC Houston – the leading annual exhibition and conference in the world’s oil and gas calendar - has just ended with organisers reporting an attendance figure of 61,300 for the four-day event.

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Topics: Energy Insight

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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Topics: Energy Insight

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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Topics: Energy Insight

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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Topics: Energy Insight