December 18, 2017

Fracking and future UK on-shore natural gas production

The proposed use of ‘fracking’ to increase on-shore gas production has caused considerable controversy in the UK over the past decade or so. Fracking is a long-established technique for opening up natural gas reserves in ‘tight’ formations where the encasing shale contains limited cracks and fissures. Fracking opens up cracks and fissures so that the […]

Brexit as a Major Project

In accordance with the result of the 23 June 2016 referendum, the UK Prime Minister signed a letter invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union on 28 March 2017. The letter was delivered to the President of the European Council the next day. This action formally triggered the Brexit process and initiated […]

The Queensferry Crossing

The new Queensferry Crossing, a road bridge located near Edinburgh and just a few kilometres from Edinburgh Business School, is scheduled to open during the first half of 2017. The bridge is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. It is around 2.7km long and the towers are around 200m above the level of […]

North Sea Oil Infrastructure Decommissioning

For over 40 years the North Sea has provided a steady stream of major projects ranging from field explorations to well drilling and completions. Over that time the UK sector of the North Sea oil has made a significant contribution to the UK economy. Most of the large oil and gas fields are now, however, […]

The Brent Field Decommissioning Programme

Oil and gas production from the UK sector of the North Sea peaked at the end of the last century and has been in steady decline ever since. Most of the large oil and gas fields are now either depleted or approaching their economic limits, and the various oil and gas producers are now actively […]

Brexit and Sizewell C

On 23 June 2016 the people of the UK voted in a national referendum on whether the UK should remain or withdraw as members of the European Union. The result was a historic 52%–48% majority for leaving. The ‘Brexit’ (British Exit) decision immediately created a plethora of new uncertainties and risks that have affected business […]

The Dubai Metro – a very successful infrastructure project

I was teaching in Dubai again recently and I took the opportunity to ride on the Dubai Metro system. It is an example of a very successful transport infrastructure project. Construction began in 2006 and the first (red) line was completed in 2008 with the second (green) line following in 2010. The current system includes 49 […]

Work resumes on an unusual mega project in Dubai

  I was teaching in Dubai recently and was impressed with the continuing number and range of projects under construction. I was interested to see work has now resumed on a number of unusual and interesting mega projects that were temporarily suspended during the recent global recession. The Dubai World Islands Project is a good example. […]