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August 19, 2021

The paradox of plenty: new issue of Offshore Technology out now

In this issue: mapping the resource curse, the end of oil and gas dividends, preventing cyberattacks in the oil sector, and more.

By Callum Tyndall

The resource curse, or the paradox of plenty, is the phenomenon whereby countries underperform economically despite an abundance of natural resources. The curse has been observed in numerous countries, with the prospect of lucrative resource wealth variously leading to corruption or conflict, or an all-in focus on exploiting resources for economic growth leading to imbalance and underdevelopment in other parts of the economy. We map the resource rich countries that have fallen victim to the resource curse.

Elsewhere, in 2020, oil majors implemented cuts and freezes to their dividends in a way never seen before. This saved them millions at a time when spending was tight. Recently, Chesapeake Energy started paying dividends to shareholders again, after a short bout of severe bankruptcy. As the functions of these companies changes, and one industry morphs into another, can these companies actually afford to continue paying dividends? Or will they bring dividend culture into the renewable industry?

Lastly, after the US Colonial Pipeline, which carries 3 million barrels of hydrocarbons per day between Texas and New York, was hit by a ransomware attack, it exposed the vulnerability of the O&G industry to cyber threats. We consult with cybersecurity experts ExtraHop to learn more about the seriousness of cyberattacks in the industry and how to prevent them.

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In this issue 

From Venezuela to Nigeria: mapping the resource curse

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The resource curse is the phenomenon whereby countries underperform economically despite an abundance of natural resources, resulting in conflict, corruption, and economic instability. Julian Turner looks at some of the resource-rich countries that have fallen victim to “the paradox of plenty”.

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Can floating wind turbines help reduce GHG emissions from oil and gas projects?

The Canadian Government is funding a new project that plans to use floating wind turbines to power offshore installations, thus reducing harmful emissions from oil and gas operations. Julian Turner gets the lowdown from Blair MacDougall, director at project partner Waterford Energy Services.

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“A new way of working”: inside Equinor and ABB’s unmanned oil and gas rig

JP Casey profiles Equinor and ABB’s use of automation and data to deliver their proposed unmanned oil platform in the North Sea.

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Competitive edge: inside Axora’s call for offshore innovation

Axora’s “Cost-Saving Technology Challenge” aims to reward innovators and digital developers eager to change oil and gas. JP Casey finds out more.

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The inevitable end of the oil and gas dividend?

“Dividends are considered pretty sacrosanct”, analyst Arindam Das tells us, but nothing is sacred in a pandemic. Matt Farmer asks: with much larger disruption on the horizon, will the largest oil and gas companies treat dividends the same way in future?

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Preventing cyberattacks in the oil and gas industry

The ransomware attack on the US Colonial Pipeline highlighted the vulnerability of the oil and gas industry to cyber threats. Yoana Cholteeva consults with cybersecurity experts ExtraHop to learn more about the seriousness of cyberattacks in the industry and how to prevent them.

Read more.

Preview – Offshore Technology Focus October 2021

Critical to energy infrastructure, supply chains have proven alarmingly vulnerable across sectors in recent years. Whether it be climate change, economic turmoil, or the energy transition, there is a lot of work to do to fortify the logistics arms of energy operations. 

In the next issue, in light of Covid-19’s devastation of the oil and gas supply chain, we examine whether, and how, it has since recovered and changes being made to the oil and gas ecosystem. 

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