How has the world reacted to the loss of perhaps its largest oil and gas reserves? Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was primarily an apparent humanitarian crisis, but it has also radically transformed the world’s oil industry, as many of the biggest players have spent the last year searching for alternative sources of energy, both within oil and gas moreover , since Russian products have become pariahs in many parts of the world.
Elsewhere, we examine how advertising in oil and gas can be something of a double-sided coin, promoting a company’s environmental efforts on the one hand, but disguising its destructive habits through greenwashing on the other. We look at how this advertising can damage both the world’s environment and trust in businesses.
In technology news, we also speak to Ex-Tech about new explosion-proof sensors for the oil and gas industry and explore what the proliferation of drones could mean for offshore operations and ask if such machines pose a safety risk to oil and gas facilities .
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Before and After: How the Ukraine Crisis Affected Russian Oil
Despite the imposition of Western sanctions, Russia continues to expand its crude oil production. Smruthi Nadig reports.
Effects without evidence: How greenwashing advertising can be harmful to the environment
The energy sector is the biggest emitter of carbon emissions and Smruthi Nadig examines a new report linking BP’s greenwashing ads on social media to climate change.
The smallest explosion-proof sensors: in conversation with Ex-Tech
Matthew Farmer examines how offshore oil rigs present a perfect environment for the Internet of Things, but require security measures like nowhere else.
How Africa could rise as an alternative energy supplier for Europe
As Europe grapples with an energy crisis and prepares for winter, Smruthi Nadig considers how Africa could be a source of energy security.
Unidentified drone sightings raise safety concerns at offshore facilities
Smruthi Nadig is investigating how the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has urged oil companies to be more careful with unidentified drones.
Banned or not: UK fracking in the last three years
Smruthi Nadig explores a “hard-fought victory for environmentalists” as the UK government bans fracking in England for the second time in three years.
Capture and Cut: How the oil and gas industry can decarbonize operations
Smruthi Nadig presents several ways companies can decarbonize their infrastructure and achieve climate targets.
Next topic: automation
With many oil and gas operations built in remote areas, automation is an obvious opportunity for the sector. We ask how little human engagement will be required in the industry over the long term, and what the challenges are ahead of even more autonomous adoption.