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Petromall is committed to the application of advanced understanding in solving real-world problems. Here are some of our recent assignments: Africa Security Assessment Azerbaijan Due diligence including oilfield site visits on behalf of potential investors Falkland Islands Legal due diligence Malta Risk management training Russia Executive input to design and implementation of a HSE Management system Tunisia Seismic acquisition Shale gas development financing advice UK Advisers to Private Equity funds Startup firm growth advice Capital project lessons learned

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All Associates involved have reputable international experience and a vast knowledge in their discipline, wit the majority possessing their own companies. Petromall's Associates are driven by their ethics, management and team leadership skills. They are committed to sharing their expertise in project delivery, involving innovation where appropriate, strategy development and delivery and decision making. Similarly, they are committed to the transfer of understanding to help bridge the generational gap that exists within the industry and put relevant science and engineering back into every decision made.

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Brian Smart
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Professor Brian Smart is a former Head of Petroleum Engineering and Vice-Principal at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His expertise and works in petroleum and mining rock mechanics have also been published. He is skilled at designing training and development functions for the industry and has founded institutions in Dubai, Uganda and Malta for the furtherance of learning. 

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Whether it is to attend one of our events, to discuss a consulting needor simply to just reach out to us, please get in touch. Telephone +44 (0)20 3286 2556 Address PetroMall LimitedCentralPoint45 Beech StreetLondon EC2Y 8ADUnited Kingdom Email

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David Bamford
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Dr. David Bamford is a well known figure in the oil & gas industry, both as an explorer and geophysicist. In 2004 he was recruited as a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc due to his vast knowledge and expertise in explorations.He joined the board of Premier Oil in May 2014. He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions consist of: Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999) and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

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Energy Insights
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Petromall publishes regular articles and insights. Follow us at these external websites: The Petromall Blogspot Oil Voice   We also publish regular articles in our Petromall Insights magazine, available here: April 2017 May 2017 June 2017  

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Graham Scotton
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Graham Scotton has 38 years of experience in oil and gas developments and operations, throughout the world, including the USA, the North Sea, Egypt, South America, West Africa and the former Soviet Union. His focus is proving the right environment for teams to perform, improve and effectively manage risks within the confines of today's complexity. 

Graham Scotton - Good management is the best way to cut decommissioning costs
Home / Insights / Graham Scotton - Good management is the best way to cut decommissioning costs

Everyone is aware of the spiralling estimates of how much decommissioning will cost – perhaps the best way to solve it can be simply expressed as ‘good management’, says Graham Scotton. As we keep hearing, the estimates of the costs of decommissioning the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure keep going up, now to around £50bn – about half of which will be paid by the UK government, in terms of tax rebates. This is a growing concern for both the industry and government. Perhaps the right way to keep the costs down could simply be expressed as having good managers to run the decommissioning projects, who are able to win  the trust of the workforce, suppliers and everyone else involved,  says Graham Scotton of Petromall, a former COO of Dana Petroleum and head of BP Angola (among other roles).

Greg Coleman
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Greg Coleman is an ex BP executive who is CEO of a small cap E & P firm. He spent time as Head of Investor Relations, Group HSE and was the Executive Assistant to John Browne at the time of the BP-Amoco merger. His practical experience comes from technical management roles in assets in the UK, Norway, Venezuela and Egypt. 

Greg Coleman - The World is Warming and Quickly
Home / Insights / Greg Coleman - The World is Warming and Quickly

It is clear from the latest update from NASA that 2016 was the warmest year in centuries.  Many argue whether it is due to people or natural but the rise is clear.  We need to do something about this or the inevitable consequences of rising sea levels, storms infringing on coastal population centres and people being displaced will risk serious unrest. We in Petromall believe that the energy industry has a key role to play in mitigating this rise whether we are part of the problem or not.  It is the same old story: 1) Increase the use of lower carbon fuels.

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Empowered by the education and engagement of the people involved, Petromall is committed to the application of advanced understanding in solving real-world problems. By assisting our clients to further develop and apply Risk Management techniques we are able to help companies take on and deal with their most critical issues. We help our clients achieve this in the best way possible to allow them to grow to their full potential. Petromall's commitment is to transfer an understanding of Risk Management within the oil and gas industry.

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We offer truthful, professional opinion and advice; no playback of what you already know, and no spin. Petromall was founded by 4 senior industry and academic practitioners who consider the challenges faced by today’s oil and gas environment are going to require herculean acts of leadership and technical skill in the high cost provinces of the world, in order to maintain an industry that is sustainable and even recognisable compared to recent history. Similarly nations developing an oil and gas industry face related challenges as they seek to maximise the benefits of this new wealth-creating opportunity -  in a responsible manner.

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PetroMall is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. PetroMall may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. What We Collect We may collect the following information: name and job title contact information including email address demographic information such as post code, preferences and interests other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offer What We Do With The Information We Gather We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons: internal record keeping.

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This page (together with any other documents referred to on it) tells you the terms of use (“Terms”) on which you may make use of our website (our “Site”). Please read these Terms carefully before you start to use our Site. By using our Site, you indicate that you accept these Terms and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these Terms, please refrain from using our Site immediately. We may revise these Terms at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are binding on you.

The Business Opportunity in Decommissioning
Home / Insights / The Business Opportunity in Decommissioning

There have been a few standalone decommissioning projects in the UK and Norway where the contractors “have come out of it very poorly,” says Greg Coleman, consultant with Petromall. “All of the projects done so far, with one exception, have seen significant cost overruns, both in terms of expenditure and time taken to deliver the project,” Mr Coleman says. “It wasn't planned properly, the right equipment wasn't made available.  They hadn't really understood the scope of what was asked to be done,” he says.

The Business Opportunity in Decommissioning
Home / Insights / The Business Opportunity in Decommissioning

Data There may also be business opportunities for consultants or software companies who are able to help organise all of the old data which describes how the offshore platform has been built and what is installed on it. Many of the facilities have already been surveyed many times over the past few decades, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the data is available, or in a usable format, Mr Coleman says. “Quite often [the operator will] hand the contractor a big data file and say here's what we have, good luck.

The Future
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Decommissioning Late life field management Development of new models for decommissioning ageing assets Exploration for the Future Due diligence including oilfield site visits on behalf of potential investors Renewables Legal due diligence Carbon Capture, Transportation and Storage Re-use of old infrastructure for decarbonising fossil fuel energy generation Carbon storage solutions  UK Energy Security Executive input to the UK's energy trilemma Virtual Training Improving Exploration: solving geological, and environmental survey, problems.

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Since establishing in 2012 our aim has been, and remains, to bridge the generational gap that exists within the industry and put relevant science and engineering back into every decision made. Collaboration and sharing information is the key to success going forward in the oil and gas industry. Through our training we are able to achieve this through teaching modules, semiunars and short courses. Teaching Modules Petroleum Management and Leadership, concentrating on the "why?"Project Management, Production Operations Supply Chain Management Process Safety Management Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Organisational Development Planning Performance Management.

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