10 episodes

An informal look at the oil and gas industry in the North Sea and how it navigates the energy transition journey. The podcast invites guests to discuss with Jonathan White and Stuart Cochrane to debate topical subjects affecting the energy industry in and around the UK. The podcast is sponsored by Apollo in association with FWBParkBrown.

Over A Barrel Jonathan White (Apollo) and Stuart Cochrane (Ochter Consulting)

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An informal look at the oil and gas industry in the North Sea and how it navigates the energy transition journey. The podcast invites guests to discuss with Jonathan White and Stuart Cochrane to debate topical subjects affecting the energy industry in and around the UK. The podcast is sponsored by Apollo in association with FWBParkBrown.

    A Storm in a Tea Cop

    A Storm in a Tea Cop

    In this episode we attempt to understand the dynamics facing the energy industry in particular the tension between oil and gas and sustainable energy which became very apparent during  COP26. We explore the various market challenges facing companies in the supply chain especially those present in oil and gas and attempting to pivot to new market areas.  Market forces are explored including public perception, client synergy as well as being an employer of choice in a changing industry. We are joined by Nigel Robinson, Sustainable Energy Director at Apollo and Paul Ellerton Oil & Gas Consultancy Director at Apollo. The session is chaired by Stuart Cochrane.
    (This content was previously broadcast as a live webinar by Apollo in February 2022)

    • 57 min
    2021 : A Year In Review

    2021 : A Year In Review

    As we embark on 2022, Over A Barrel took the opportunity to talk to Mike Beveridge (Vice-Chair Piper Sandler) to get his reflections on 2021 and what we can look forward to in 2022. Mike, Stuart and Jonathan discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the traditional oil and gas industry and the dynamics of the energy transition. Covering topics ranging from government policy, investment challenges as well as opportunities for the sector, the episode concludes with a view on the next 12 months for the industry.

    • 48 min
    The Energy Generation

    The Energy Generation

    Any industry is nothing unless the next generation of talent is attracted and excited by its future within in it. In particular the oil and gas industry is challenged by its image in the energy transition along with its role in that. In this episode we are joined by some of our present young talent from across the industry to talk about what attracted them initially to oil and gas and what continues to enthuse them. Listen to Connor Robb from Baker Hughes, Roisean Farquhar from Apollo and Michael Howie from Global Energy Group talk about their experiences in the sector and what they perceive their future direction to be.

    • 40 min
    Deal or No Deal : The North Sea Energy Transition Deal

    Deal or No Deal : The North Sea Energy Transition Deal

    In this episode we enjoy talking with Mike Tholen, Sustainability Director at OGUK, and one of the architects of the North Sea Transition Deal. Beyond the fuss and hyperbole, we discuss what the North Sea Transition Deal actually is and what it means for the UK’s oil and gas industry. Mike explains the framework that the deal aims to create from the vision of the authors to turn the UK into a net exporter of low carbon technology, and how many of the opportunities it presents can be realised.

    • 48 min
    The Role of Trade Bodies in the Energy Transition

    The Role of Trade Bodies in the Energy Transition

    Arguably there has been no more challenging time for the oil and gas industry as it grapples with the energy transition and the associated social and political pressures. In this episode we hear from Deirdre Michie CEO at OGUK and Iman Hill the Executive Director at the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. We discuss the role of industry bodies in helping industry, government and the public successfully navigate the route to a low carbon economy. As well as the challenges facing their organisations,  we ask what inspires them to do what they do! 

    • 50 min
    Hydrogen: Net hero or net zero

    Hydrogen: Net hero or net zero

    We hear a lot about the hydrogen revolution in the news and media. But what is the truth! In this episode we hear from Tom Baxter, Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen University and Ian Phillips, Development Director at Pale Blue Dot Energy. Enjoy the lively debate around the use of hydrogen as an energy vector and whether it has potential as a centralised source of energy or does it more suit local generation and dispatchable energy. What do government need to be doing and is there a rational policy approach to our energy challenges. This podcast will equip you with the tools to really understand the hydrogen potential.

    • 53 min