Energy portfolio restructuring: Charting the future

ANDREW SMART | June 17, 2021 | 375 views

Consumer needs and preferences in the energy industry are evolving. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are becoming more acute—inspiring action and shifting value towards low-carbon solutions. These trends accelerated in 2020 and for the first time, market capitalization of leading low-carbon solutions companies began to overtake those of oil and gas (O&G) majors. This is despite the majors laying out energy transition strategies, setting low carbon energy targets and generating higher revenues by an order of magnitude.1
In response to this radically changing landscape, energy companies are charting divergent courses for their futures. Some continue to bet on their ability to generate returns from the O&G value chain. They are focusing on growing margins and lowering carbon intensity. Others are supplementing their capabilities with low-carbon energy solutions or exiting hydrocarbons altogether. This blog focuses on the path forward for the energy majors in Europe who are betting big on diversification.

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Detechtion first began working with a small group of gas producers in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in 1998. Early success and the realization of significant production benefits by our clients led to rapid growth and expansion throughout the basin. Today, Enalysis is widely used throughout Canada - where roughly 1 out of every 3 reciprocating compressors is on the Enalysis Program. Detechtion introduced Enalysis for rotary compressors in 2002, and that program is also widely used throughout the industry.

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The Chemours Company | January 27, 2023

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Quaker Houghton Signs Contract with Constellation to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

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