Brian Carey, Strategic Growth Director of Kongsberg Digital joins the podcast to discuss the role of digitilisation and innovation in the Oil & Gas industry and how ESG will continue to shape and mould the sector. Listen to the full episode here.
Africa is a big continent, and many countries are at different stages of development from economic and energy access perspectives. The key drivers in the region include commitments to the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), one of which is access to clean and affordable energy. Read more here.
An African energy renaissance may be on the horizon, promising a reversal of fortunes for energy security across the continent. The oil and gas sector had shown exceptional promise prior to the Covid demand drop and subsequent project delays, nowhere else had a comparable rate of new oil and gas field discoveries. The result is a continental energy market that has embraced the potential for rapid development off the back of a natural resource boon.
Gas-to-Power is the popular choice among African states looking to diversify their energy mix away from coal, with gas power generation accounting for two-thirds of new capacity. Natural gas and LNG have been enjoying a renaissance in their broad utility throughout the energy transition, spurned onwards in popularity with the successive gas discoveries all along the African coast.
Due to the politicised nature of the Energy sector in Mexico, strong policies and foundations for successful monetization has fallen by the way side. A degree of politicisation is expected in national oil companies, and when looking around the globe this is often the case. However, in the instance of Mexico, politicisation is the defining feature.
Natural progression – PETRONAS offered a scholarship for me to study geology in the US. Joining the oil and gas industry seemed a natural fit after I graduated.
It happened in 2006 when received an invitation to work in the Ministry of Energy to start defining a possible reform in the hydrocarbons sector.
I started in this industry as a process engineer in 1992. In my early days, I worked on both greenfield and brownfield projects in the North Sea and the Middle East.
Accidentally. In my third year of Mathematics at University I took a vacation job with a Company that turned out to be Oil and Gas. Loved the real world application of Mathematics and became a Geophysicist.
I left the military to change careers, and intended to study law at Aberdeen University, but with a back ground in engineering and diving I got sucked into oil and gas.
After working on an architecture degree and watching some very talented colleagues fail to find decent jobs, I changed direction and received my undergraduate degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma.
I joined MW Kellogg (predecessor to KBR) after I graduated from business school in 1979, and have been in the oil business ever since.
I wanted to be a geologist since I was 10 years old. Between undergraduate and graduate studies I was a mineral exploration geologist, but decided to go to graduate school to break into the O&G business.
As a banker, I have advised and raised capital for oil and gas clients at several stages, and across a variety of geographies, throughout my career which started in the early 1990s.
I joined the energy business because of the massive impact it has on our world and way of life, whilst also realizing the large challenges and dilemmas we would face in the energy sector.
I chose to study offshore engineering at Heriot Watt University in order to forge a career in oil and gas, and that’s exactly what has happened. This industry has everything I was looking for in an exciting, challenging and fulfilling career.
Having chosen Chemical Engineering as a degree subject I looked at various industries to join. I was very lucky to receive a sponsorship from British Gas and joined British Gas E&P Ltd as a Graduate Trainee.