November 23, 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 […]

Strategy and the future of Olympic Games bidding

I have previously written about the Olympic Games as a mega project and the unique human-behaviour characteristics that enable its scheduled completion time and time again, mostly by compromising cost. Last year’s Rio Olympic Games, for example, completed with just over 50 per cent cost overrun. There have been much worse cases in the past, […]

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 […]

How critical is critical (path)?

Barely 60 days until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. More than 10,000 athletes and delegates from more than 200 nations will parade in front of 80,000 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. Several more billions will be watching the live broadcast. In addition, swarms of tourists will flock to Rio and […]