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Elizabeth Smythe

When she's not writing about a variety of subjects, Elizabeth spends her time baking and catching the latest films at the cinema.

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Shale gas - what genuine benefits does it offer? (Blog)

16-09-2013

Something that has continued to dominate the media in recent months is shale gas - or rather, the extraction of it. While fracking polarises opinion, some real advantages can be derived from shale gas. Here are a few examples of the genuine benefits that it offers: Local communities could be in the money Rather than focus on any negative impacts associated with fracking, the 'Shale Community Engagement Charter' promised that local areas will receive financial reward while shale rock drilling...

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Expo's success reflects buoyancy in the oil sector but won't be an annual event (News)

12-09-2013

Last week's Offshore Europe exhibition has been hailed the best ever, thejournal.co.uk writes.   Over 63,000 people attended the oil and gas industry trade show - the biggest number in its 40-year history according to the show's chair and UK Oil and Gas chief executive, Malcolm Webb.   The numbers are demonstrative of the sector's value to the British economy, which in 20912 contributed some £12 billion. One exhibitor experienced a 20 per cent boost in enquiries...

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London Olympia welcomes Project Challenge show (News)

11-09-2013

The UK's number one project management event is to take place next month at London Olympia, pmtoday.co.uk reports. Billed as the 'definitive A to Z of project support', the Project Challenge exhibition will run from 15 to 16 October. Widely accepted as the leading expo in the field, it encompasses 'projects, programmes, processes and resource' - all free of charge to delegates. The event might just be ideal for individuals who are looking to hone their project management skills,...

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Offshore Europe exhibition gets underway (News)

03-09-2013

The biennial Offshore Europe Conference 2013 has today (3 September) opened its doors thousands of delegates from across the oil and gas industry, stv.tv reports.           Hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, the event is the largest such exposition in Europe. As such, some 50,000 people are expected to visit across its three-day run. The 40-year old exhibition attracts not only vast numbers of people but also brings millions of...

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The impact of shale gas tax breaks on the oil and gas sector (Blog)

22-07-2013

Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans for generous tax cuts to the UK's emerging shale gas industry. In a bid to 'unlock the potential' that fracking offers, Mr Osborne has suggested slashing taxes from 62 per cent to 30 per cent.  His comments have unsurprisingly sparked a lot of debate, fracking being an extremely controversial topic at the moment, both within and outside the oil and gas industry. What will the impact of this move be on the oil...

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MP Carmichael emphasises safety on 25th anniversary of disaster (News)

10-07-2013

A Scottish MP is using the anniversary of an oil platform disaster to highlight the importance of safety measures in the oil and gas industry, orcadian.co.uk reports. Northern Isles MP, Alastair Carmichael has joined the country in remembering the Piper Alpha disaster, 25 years after 167 oil rig workers died. At the time, it was ruled that the operator, Occidental Petroleum, had not used adequate maintenance and safety procedures, guardian.co.uk writes. At this poignant time, the MP has urged...

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APM Conference 2013 to feature 'thought-provoking speakers' (News)

12-06-2013

The APM Project Management Conference 2013 is set to provide delegates 'with inspiration, innovation and new ideas', according to projectaccelerator.co.uk. The annual event, run by the Association for Project Management (APM), takes place on 13 June at Kings Place in London and is the event for those in the professional project management sector. In its seventh year, the conference has been described in the past as 'setting the agenda' for the industry, through the seminars and...

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Energy experts in Cumbria and Aberdeen to share expertise (News)

28-05-2013

A new partnership has been created between Cumbria and Aberdeen's energy sectors in an attempt to share knowledge on decommissioning, nwemail.co.uk reports. Britain's Energy Coast in Cumbria and Decom North Sea, based in Aberdeen, have agreed to swap notes on one of the sector's biggest challenges: decommissioning oil and gas equipment. Both firms have agreed to make reciprocal visits to dispense valuable tips, particularly with a view to emerging markets, according to Phil Jardine of Britain's Energy...

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Oil and gas industry 'must recruit 125,000 people in ten years' (News)

28-05-2013

The importance of better recruitment and training procedures within the oil and gas industry have been highlighted following the results of a new study, hrmagazine.co.uk reports. A survey carried out by recruitment agency Oilandgaspeople.com has discovered that 70 per cent of firms across the industry are struggling to recruit enough new employees to counteract retirement and promote growth. The quarterly analysis revealed that 44 per cent of the workforce is aged 45 or above and that some 125,000...

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