Technology
China still playing catch up with technology in the offshore
6 May 2014
Cnooc needs to master the technology before it becomes a major player in the South China Sea's deep waters
Germany's fracking moratorium could damage energy industry
26 March 2014
The chairman of company Wintershall spoke at a conference to warn of the actions
Efficiency and innovation could slash energy demand growth
20 March 2014
Rising costs and improving technology will be the driving forces behind future energy
Emerging technologies spark energy revolution
20 March 2014
Innovation is happening more rapidly than expected – and it will vastly improve energy efficiency in the next few years
New technologies to make road transportation more efficient
20 March 2014
Rising fuel-economy standards, shifts in consumer behaviour and new technologies should make road transportation much more efficient, even as the total number of vehicles rises
Carbon capture and storage technology moving forward
20 March 2014
The ‘unproven’ technology may finally prove its worth as projects around the world are getting the green light
Transparency may help win approval of shale protestors
5 December 2013
Hard-core opposition to fracking isn’t going away. But transparency and engagement can win approval for shale gas from the broader public
Public opinion the biggest obstacle to hydro expansion
17 October 2013
Hydropower has the potential to provide an abundance of low-carbon energy, but public opposition is derailing its expansion
Urgency needed as fusion energy moves closer to reality
15 October 2013
Researchers say commercial production ‘realistic’ by mid-century
Policy certainty crucial to growth of CCUS technologies
15 October 2013
Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technologies will become increasingly important as fossil fuels are expected to meet the bulk of global energy demand for decades to come, but major players in the sector need policy and regulatory certainty
In 15 years all new cars sold will be hybrids, says chairman
15 October 2013
IFP Energies Nouvelles chairman predicted the rise of hybrid cars at the WEC Congress
Shale debate needs more light and less heat, says WEC chair
6 August 2013
Hwan-eik Cho, chairman of the World Energy Congress 2013, argues that the debate about shale gas is in danger of being derailed by the often emotional rhetoric surrounding the unconventional fuel
Norway putting CCS to the test despite costs and delays
15 July 2013
Norway is set to be the proving ground for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration. Despite delays and spiralling costs, the country's hope to be the first to develop a commercial, industrial-scale facility may become reality. Justin Jacobs reports from the Mongstad test facility
Demand growth slow in the chemicals business
6 June 2013
The worldwide chemicals business faltered last year, with demand-growth slowing and profitability coming under attack from price competition
Japan taps first gas from methane hydrates
13 March 2013
The country has taken an significant step towards a next-generation fuel source
The film Promised Land fails to deliver
16 January 2013
Matt Damon attempts to take on the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing and the US’s booming gas industry – but his latest film misses its target
Better data, better value operations, says GE Oil & Gas
4 January 2013
Monitoring and diagnostics is a fast-evolving part of the oil and gas industry, and one which is becoming crucial for asset optimisation, writes Hasan Dandashly from GE Oil & Gas
The challenge of new and old technology for explorers
3 January 2013
The hunt for hydrocarbons has driven technological innovation in the energy sector. Now, as explorers are forced to go deeper, and into hostile environments, the role of technology has never been more important
Subsea technology takes centre stage in Brazil
3 January 2013
State-owned Petrobras has long committed to research and development, a strategy that will harvest benefits from subsea development
Shell moves ahead with Canadian CCS project
6 September 2012
Shell has made a long-awaited decision to proceed with Canada’s first large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project
IEA sees North America unconventionals as global bridge
16 August 2012
Greater assurances of the safety of fracking are needed, says IEA
The importance of shale gas-ification of oil
9 July 2012
Everyone now knows what happened in the US’ natural-gas sector. Strong Henry Hub prices brought a costly, tricky method of gas extraction into the mainstream. Just a few years after US politicians and forecasters were fretting about dwindling reserves and firms rushed to build liquefied natural gas import terminals to capitalise on the inevitable rise in prices, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling unleashed vast new supplies. Production costs tumbled as the drillers honed the technology. The US is now in an age of gas abundance.
Strong demand growth for the chemicals business, for now
6 July 2012
The worldwide chemicals business is seeing strong growth in demand – but faltering economies remain a risk
Up-cycle continues for worldwide chemicals sector
6 July 2012
The chemicals business continues in a strong up-cycle driven by favourable market fundamentals
Pioneer’s collapse hits Canada’s CCS hopes
3 May 2012
Canada’s hopes for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) are in tatters following the collapse of a taxpayer-backed multi-billion dollar project
Spill prevention is better than cure for deep-water operators
12 April 2012
Two years on from the Macondo, safety technology is taking centre stage for deep-water operators