Year: 2014

“Get Something Signed!”

CEOs and Government Officials often share a common trait: they are fond of signing ceremonies. Big productions, built around signing a piece of paper, appeal to human nature for the same reason weddings are well attended. It’s a party, and

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Oil and Gas Industry Workforce Challenges: Can We Successfully Integrate the Millennials?

Today, the Oil and Gas industry faces major workforce challenges: The immense wave of skilled personnel who will be retiring during the next few years, the so-called “Big Crew Change” or “Silver Tsunami,” will cause major challenges to

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Are We Trained to Win Community Support in the Fracture Stimulations Debate?

In every impassioned debate there is aseed of truth hidden within the rhetoric from both protagonists. I have been working on Tight Gas Projects for more than 30 years and have assisted with mentoring and training Subsurface Engineers and Planning Teams

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Small Scale GTL Plants Emerge to Convert Low-Priced Natural Gas to High Value Refined Products

There have been some interesting developments in Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Gas-to-Liquids (GTL technology), especially for resources where the quantity of natural gas available will not support world-scale plants. Both Sasol and Shell have commercialized their respective GTL technologies in large-scale projects;

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Emotional Intelligence is More Important than IQ

Emotional Intelligence (“EI”) was popularized by Daniel Goleman with his groundbreaking research that defined EI and discussed how it can be applied in the workplace.  However, many people see the word “emotional” in the title and turn away.  Yet, EI

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The U.S. Shale Oil Revolution: a Boon to Some Refiners

The United States has gone through a dramatic resurgence in crude oil supply during the past few years as a result of the unconventional shale oil revolution. The combination of horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, increasing oil price, and the risk

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Oil, Money, and Pemex

Last week I attended the Oil & Money Conference in London, one that brought together a broad group of senior industry executives with specialists in petroleum markets, economics, geopolitics and finance. Energy Intelligence and the International New York Times sponsored

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Oil, Arab Spring, and Unforseen Consequences

In December 2010, analysts predicted a rise in oil prices when “Arab Spring” began with public demonstrations in Tunisia. As more countries joined the movement, it seemed like a safe bet. History shows that political instability in oil producing countries always

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The First Step in a Long Journey

I remember it well even though it occurred about 10 years ago. An oil and gas industry manager from West Africa said to me at the conclusion of our four-week petroleum industry management program, “Please find a way to help

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