Where now for oil?

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Chemicals, Energy & Utilities March 2015

Where now for oil?

Recent market turmoil is not likely to last - a new normal is in the making for oil and gas prices

The recent precipitous fall in oil was predicted by almost no-one. In this viewpoint we attempt to explain the economics of the change and highlight an emerging “new normal” for oil prices in which a medium term recovery occurs, but prices stay below US$80 per barrel. We also highlight the implications of this new normal. [...]

The future of lignite power

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Energy & Utilities February 2015

The future of lignite power

A viewpoint on the “Energiewende” and its impact on lignite power

After nuclear, the future of lignite will be the next big discussion on the energy agenda. The German “Energiewende” is the world’s most ambitious program to transform the electric energy system of a country: at the same time energy efficiency and the share of renewable energies has to increase while use of nuclear power and other fossil-fuel energy practices has to be stopped. It allows lignite power to exist under economically viable conditions, but close monitoring of risks, regulation, management and strategy are key to staying ahead of the developments and proactively shaping the framing conditions. [...]

Reforming the energy subsidy systems in the Middle East

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Energy & Utilities February 2015

Reforming the energy subsidy systems in the Middle East

Who could lead the region?

Half of the world’s total energy subsidies bill of USD 480 bn comes from the Middle East, eating up more than one-quarter of governments’ revenues. Energy-intensive industries and households make the region require more fuel to produce a unit of GDP than any other region. [...]

Industrial Park Governance

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Energy & Utilities July 2014

Industrial Park Governance

The Vital Cog for Success

Governments often resort to the creation of industrial parks to catalyse the economy of a region or of the whole country. They invest tax-payer money into infrastructure projects with a view to attract investors into the park. If the park is thriving, these investors will in turn pay land rentals or dividends through their joint ventures with the park’s governing entity. They will also bring jobs to the region or the country, corporate tax income to the state or federal government and will enhance the park’s visibility with their own stature. [...]

Rethinking Cost Efficiency

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Energy & Utilities July 2014

Rethinking Cost Efficiency

In Power and Gas Retail - A Step Change Requires a Systemic Approach

The increasingly competitive landscape in power and gas retail is driving utilities to improve efficiency through cost reduction. Most companies have implemented traditional cost-cutting programs. Although these are valid in some circumstances, many retailers are finding that results quickly follow the marginally diminishing curve. Our experience with some of the leading retailers suggests that other perspectives should be taken into account, exploring new opportunities to build sustainably competitive businesses. [...]

Beating the Unknown

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Energy & Utilities, Risk July 2014

Beating the Unknown

A Simplified Approach for Risk-Based Decision-Making

Businesses continuously face unsteady and challenging waters as the world becomes more complex and change happens every day. Nonetheless, most businesses support their decision-making processes using simple and static net present value or internal rate of return calculations – neglecting to assess the uncertainties present in the underlying assumptions. [...]

Field Telecoms in Oil & Gas

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Energy & Utilities, TIME December 2013

Field Telecoms in Oil & Gas

Getting Connected: How the Telecoms Industry is Enabling the Digital Oil Field

Field Telecommunication technologies are a key enabler for Digital Oil Fields that are essential to support efficient exploration in ever more hazardous and remote terrain, increasing production from existing assets, reducing onsite personnel support, and improving health and safety. [...]

Managing Capital Projects Successfully

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Energy & Utilities December 2013

Managing Capital Projects Successfully

An Executive Concern

Recent instances of substantially over-budget and behind-schedule energy projects have demonstrated that even the most sophisticated energy companies are not able to “get it right” every time. In this report we explain the best practice approach that we take to help our clients to identify and resolve deficiencies and manage their capital projects successfully. [...]

"Keeping the Lights on"

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Energy & Utilities November 2013

"Keeping the Lights on"

A Much Tougher Challenge Than Before

Triggered by higher volatility in both supply and demand, the need for balancing services in high-voltage electricity networks is increasing. How can transmission system operators, traditional energy players and potential new entrants generate business value from this growing opportunity? [...]

Managing Well Integrity

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Energy & Utilities November 2013

Managing Well Integrity

Well Integrity Needs the Same Level of Care and Attention as Asset Integrity

Successful well integrity management is a critical and evolving theme across the oil and gas industry. The Macondo incident, the Elgin field leaks and other, less prominently reported incidents demonstrate that even sophisticated energy companies are not able to “get it right” all the time. [...]

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