Boston Strategies Targeting Significant Emission Reduction

BSI has committed to reduce its carbon footprint per revenue dollar for fiscal year 2015 by 63%. This follows a 21% reduction in absolute carbon emission during 2014. As a consulting firm we do not emit any carbon through manufacturing or conversion itself, which constitutes ‘Scope 1 emissions’ according to the standard guidelines of GHG […]

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Alternative fuel vehicles:Have we passed the tipping point?

Terrafugia’s production of the first U.S. Federal approved flying car, the Transition, suggests that we have taken a huge step closer to accomplishing a Sci-Fi like story. However, the recent global demonstrations on environment served to remind us that the key question we need to be answering is what fuels will various forms of transportation […]

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The war against ISIS: Changing the oil landscape in the Middle East

The spotlight on recent events in the Middle East, while understandably focused on ISIS and the coalition battling it, has overshadowed the potential emergence of a Kurdish state, which would dramatically change the energy landscape in Iraq, Turkey, and, by extension, Europe. Some have observed that ISIS may control oil production. In fact, ISIS’s current […]

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Is it possible to perpetually extend the fossil fuel frontier?

In their book “Ecological Economics” Daly and Farley wrote: “We almost certainly will never exhaust fossil fuel stocks in physical terms, because there will always remain some stocks that are too energy-intensive or too expensive to recover.” Technological advances have enabled us  to continuously readjust our fossil fuel reserve forecasts, but they will eventually have […]

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Corruption is Delaying Socioeconomic Benefits of Liberian E&P Investments, but Local Supply Chain Development Can Stimulate Foreign Investment and Economic Growth Indirectly

At first glance Liberia doesn’t seem as corrupt as its West African neighbors – it received 41 out of 100 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (higher is better; 90 was the best score and 8 was the worst). Many African countries with newfound oil reserves received similarly disturbing scores – Chad scored 19; Angola […]

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How West African National Oil Companies Can Raise Their Equity Stake in Upcoming Projects from 15% to 50%

Ghana National Petroleum has 15% ownership of the Deepwater Tano Contract Area. The other 85% of the ownership went to Tullow (47%), Kosmos Energy (17%), Anadarko Petroleum (17%), Sabre Oil & Gas Holdings Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petro SA (4%) (percentages are approximate). In contrast, Sonangal holds 41% of the Mafumeira Sul project […]

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Bahrain’s LNG Terminal Project: How an Independent Master Supply Chain Plan May Have Saved 29 Months and $138 million

Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA)’s LNG import terminal project seems to be on path for a 7-yearcycle: NOGA initiated partnering steps in 2010, and is forecasting completion for 2017. During a ‘prequalification’ round, NOGA came up with an initial short list of potential EPC firms, then it enlarged the bid list to include […]

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Supply Chain Planning Critical to Latin American Oil & Gas Capital Project Profitability

Budgeting and controlling investment costs for Latin American oil & gas projects can be particularly tricky. If investors and owners don’t use reliable information in negotiating with EPCs and equipment suppliers, their projects may suffer from a proliferation of risk buffers and safety margins that cumulatively make them unviable. Or, even worse, they may proceed with […]

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Making the Case for Floating Renewable Energy Nodes (FRENs)

Most people assume that the economics of one energy technology will prevail over the others for extended stretches of time. Sure, large oil companies such as Chevron and Saudi Aramco fund small research and development projects aimed at leveraging possible interaction between the technologies, for example offshore wind powering oil and gas rigs, or solar-powered […]

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