Monthly Archives: November 2012

Another Clueless Politician

This time in Australia: WA Premier Colin Barnett was quoted in local media on Tuesday as saying he believed the environmental risks with [Floating LNG] were higher than piping offshore production to onshore infrastructure. “I don’t think it is safe … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Oil & Gas | 3 Comments

BP Men Facing Manslaughter Charges

A quick note before we begin: my comments here relate to the oil and gas industry in general, and are based on my personal experience and conversations with other people.  They do not reflect any particular country or company, least … Continue reading

Posted in Macondo, Oil & Gas | 2 Comments

Managing Contractors in the Oil Industry – Part 2

Part 2 – Respect your contractor’s technical knowledge. There are two reasons why oil companies subcontract work. The first is when you know how to do a job, but you don’t have the manpower to carry it out.  For instance, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Oil & Gas | 3 Comments

Project Costs Blow-Out

Upstream Online reports on a project whose budget has been blown to the tune of $20bn: The paper cited … union demands, high-cost local manufacturing and productivity issues as the reasons behind the expected cost increase. Union demands?  Productivity issues? … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Oil & Gas | 3 Comments

Managing Contractors in the Oil Industry – Part 1

One of the main tasks in my current position is to manage contractors, i.e. companies to whom we are outsourcing work, on behalf of my employer, a major oil company.  In fact, this is pretty much the main role for … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Oil & Gas | 7 Comments