The February issue of Energy Digital is live!
Hello and welcome to the February edition of Energy Digital magazine.
Our first feature is an exclusive interview with Gazprom Energy CEO Kurt Bligaard Pedersen. A subsidiary of the enormous Russian gas giant Gazprom, Gazprom Energy entered the European retail energy market in 2006 and is now firmly cemented in the sector.
“What I see as vital is keeping a dialogue going with customers and external stakeholders to understand how the market is changing, what competitors are doing and how they fare in the market,” he tells Leila Hawkins. “I want to ensure that our customer-centric view means we stay in the same position long-term.”
Following this is a look at the potential for AI to further impact the energy industry, particularly in the area of smart cities. Another gamechanger to many people’s way of live could be electric vehicles – we assess the state of play in the USA and predict what might lie ahead.
From the US to its absence from the Paris Agreement, our next feature explores the implications of President Trump’s decision to withdraw funding, and what this may mean for businesses across numerous industries.
Finally, our top 10 profiles the most important CEOs currently operating in the energy sector.
Enjoy the issue!
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."