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Richard Towey

A freelance writer by trade, Rich also enjoys playing football, tennis and lending his expertise to small film projects.

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The benefits of online project management courses (News)

11-12-2013

The engine behind the vehicle; the battery that powers the watch; the captain of the side - behind every completed project is an accomplished project manager whose job it is to guide their team and install a strategy that will see a detailed set of plans reach fruition. Most project managers will have been expected to complete some form of training before pursuing a career in this highly demanding line of work. However, in truth, anyone can benefit from attending a course which focuses on their...

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Could Norway's oil and gas fund inspire financial prosperity in Britain? (Blog)

16-10-2013

Oil and gas have played a huge part in Norway's success story, which after years of good fortune now stands as one of the wealthiest countries in the world. While success in this area partly rests on chance in the exploration stages, revolutionary tactics and a degree of sensible thinking are behind Norway's rise to the top.  While most of Europe is looking to reduce spending in the face of austerity, Norway now has more than enough money to...

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China named world's biggest oil importer (News)

10-10-2013

China is continuing to boost oil industries across the world as it becomes the biggest net importer of product, reports bbc.co.uk. New data shows China outstripping its own production of oil by 6.3 million barrels a day, toppling the US on 6.1 million. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), "China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to become the world's largest net importer, exceeding the United States in September 2013." Ft.com says the US had previously been the world's largest...

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UK shale gas industry tipped to create over 100,000 jobs (News)

09-10-2013

New research suggests growth in Britain's shale gas industry could lead to the creation of 100,000 jobs. A report from Poyry Management Consulting believes the industry would be able to free up between 40,000-60,000 full-time jobs whilst employing many more people indirectly. Thetimes.co.uk says this estimate is the biggest yet, even eclipsing projections made by shale gas producer Cuadrilla in regards to the industry's true potential in job creation. The company backed shale gas to create around 74,000 direct and indirect...

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Shell chief calls for investment in new production projects to prevent 'oil crunch' (News)

01-10-2013

The global energy industry must continue to plough funds into new production projects if it's to prevent oil prices from hitting record levels. This warning is expected to be delivered by Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser in a speech at the annual Oil and Money conference in London on Tuesday, in which he will claim that supplying the world's energy needs will be an "extremely tough" task. Seen in advance by the telegraph.co.uk, the speech is expected to call for...

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An introduction to project management (Blog)

11-09-2013

A vital part of any business, project management is the science of organising the components of an idea to create something whole. This can be anything from the development of a new product, a marketing campaign or even an event. Professional project managers know that their work is always temporary, in that it has to have a clearly defined time frame in which everything must be completed. Caps are also placed on budget, scope and resources to inform the...

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Wages in oil and gas sector to rise 15 per cent amid skills shortage (News)

10-09-2013

A worrying skills shortage in Britain's oil and gas sector is said to be benefiting its existing members, who are set become even more indispensable to their companies.   Researchers from oilandgaspeople.com envisage a 15 per cent rise in average wages across the sector as recruiters struggle to find workers with attributes such as project manager skills, reports ft.com. The UK sector has freed up even more roles for trained professionals after receiving £13.5 billion of investment for boosting its declining oil and...

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Norfolk could lend helicopters to North Sea operations following fatal crash (News)

02-09-2013

Norfolk could send helicopters out to the North Sea for the transportation of oil workers following an accident which claimed four lives. Eveningnews24.co.uk says aircraft bases in Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been put on standby after a Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed into the sea just two miles from land on 23 August. The Civil Aviation Authority has since concluded that the crash off Shetland was not down to airworthiness or technical issues, reports bbc.co.uk. This couldn't...

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Oil and gas industry gears up for Offshore Europe (Blog)

23-08-2013

As the year ticks on, another key oil and gas conference edges ever closer. September 3-6 sees the turn of Offshore Europe, staged by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), which involves experts sharing ideas and debating the key issues surrounding the upstream industry. The multi-faceted event aims to reflect the industry's desire for continuous learning by showcasing an array of new technologies and tools currently in development at some of the UK's leading companies. In 2011, a total of 48,114...

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APM Conference highlights the need for projects managers to adapt (Blog)

27-06-2013

In tough economic times, workers across range of sectors are seeing their resources, budgets and patiences tested. This year's APM Project Management Conference focused on this picture, explaining how professionals in this area are dealing with budget cuts as well as what it means to be flexible and the importance of being able to adapt to new ways of working.    Held at London's Kings Place, the seventh annual event saw guest speakers elaborate on why its so important for project managers to...

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