How has the world responded to the loss of perhaps its biggest supply of oil and gas? Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been an obvious humanitarian crisis first and foremost, but has also radically altered the world’s oil industry, as many of the biggest players have spent the last year scrambling to find alternative sources of power, both within oil and gas and beyond, as Russian products have become pariahs in many parts of the world.

Elsewhere, we investigate how advertisements in oil and gas can be something of a double-sided coin, on the one hand promoting a company’s environmental efforts, but on the other obfuscating their destructive habits through greenwashing. We consider how these ads can have a damaging impact on both the world’s environment, and confidence in companies.

In technology news, we also speak to Ex-Tech about new explosive-proof sensors for the oil and gas industry, and investigate what the proliferation of drones could mean for offshore operations, asking whether such machines pose a security risk to oil and gas facilities.

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In this issue

Before and after: how the Ukraine crisis has affected Russian oil

Despite the imposition of Western sanctions, Russia continues to grow its crude oil production. Smruthi Nadig reports.

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Effects without evidence: How greenwashing ads can be terrible for the environment

The energy sector is the largest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, and Smruthi Nadig investigates a new report linking BP’s greenwashing social media ads to climate change.

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The smallest explosive-proof sensors: in conversation with Ex-Tech

Matthew Farmer explores how offshore rigs present a perfect internet of things environment but require safety measures like nowhere else.

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How Africa could step up as an alternative Energy supplier for Europe

As Europe battles an energy crisis and prepares for winter, Smruthi Nadig considers how Africa could be a source of energy security.

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Unidentified drone sightings increase security concerns on offshore facilities

Smruthi Nadig explores how the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has urged oil companies to be more cautious of unidentified drones.

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To ban or not to ban: UK fracking in the last three years

Smruthi Nadig explores a “hard-earned victory for environmentalists”, as the UK Government bans fracking in England for the second time in three years.

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Capture and cut: how oil and gas industries can decarbonise operations

Smruthi Nadig profiles several ways companies can decarbonise their infrastructure and meet climate goals.

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Next issue: automation

With many oil and gas operations built in remote areas, automation is an obvious opportunity for the sector. We ask how little human involvement will be required in the sector long-term, and what challenges remain ahead of even more autonomous adoption.