Rob Smith

Shrinking sector?

Rob Smith | Added: 3 Mar 2016

Driving to work has been getting cheaper thanks to the tumbling oil prices. Unfortunately, for many…

Land of opportunity

Rob Smith | Added: 3 Mar 2016

With offshore exploration in the UK faltering, could decommissioning and greater investment onshore…

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Age defying assets

Rob Smith | Added: 24 Feb 2016

Operators need more robust strategies when maintaining ageing equipment, writes Robert Smith.

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Didcot power station collapses

Rob Smith | Added: 23 Feb 2016

A major incident has been declared following the partial collapse of a building at Didcot A power s…

GSK gets F1 boost

Top pharma firms fined £45m

Rob Smith | Added: 12 Feb 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined a number of pharmaceuticals firms – including…


Smart fix: modern maintenance

Rob Smith | Added: 3 Feb 2016

Maintenance regimes are moving far beyond the world of run to failure.


UK shale “within 10 years”

Rob Smith | Added: 2 Feb 2016

A letter leaked to Friends of the Earth (FoE) reveals government plans to implement industrial-scal…

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UK steel snubbed for Hinkley Point C

Rob Smith | Added: 20 Jan 2016

Steel made in the UK will not be used for the largest forgings at Hinkley Point C nuclear power sta…

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Process safety: cleaning house

Rob Smith | Added: 19 Jan 2016

Failure to recognise hazards in process plants could prove fatal, writes Robert Smith.

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BP to axe 4,000 jobs

Rob Smith | Added: 12 Jan 2016

Oil and gas firm BP has announced plans to cut 4,000 jobs globally throughout its exploration and p…

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Cyber security: fighting talk

Rob Smith | Added: 11 Jan 2016

Cyber security is a multi-faceted beast, therefore plant operators must be prepared to defend their…

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Time to “press ahead” with shale

Rob Smith | Added: 21 Dec 2015

The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has offered 93 onshore exploration licences across 159 blocks through…

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Battle stations: industrial cyber crime

Rob Smith | Added: 19 Oct 2015

As computer hackers set sight on industrial targets, cyber security experts are throwing their weig…