Talent acquisition professionals of today must keep a pulse on the constantly changing landscape of recruitment. 2018 has been the year of reckoning for recruiters as more and more are making use of mobile recruiting. Oil and gas industry is no different, as it is exploring new ways to use e-recruitment technology to up their digitalization game.
To bridge this gap between the talent and the opportunities, it is important to leverage the benefit of e-recruitment and collaborate with recruitment automation via app-based approach.
A mobile application simplifies the labor-intensive and time-consuming recruitment task and comes loaded with features that help to automate the recruitment cycle. Here are more pros for the app-based approach to sourcing talent in oil and gas industry:
Saves Time and Cost
App-based recruitment saves a considerable amount of time in the job posting, application storage, screening and shortlisting. A recruiter can maintain the process on-the-go and avoid any delay due to their on-site visits or other travel related activities. This means a definite growth of recruitment productivity as well as avoiding revenue leakages due to open positions.
Time and cost saving is an obvious outcome of the app-based approach. However, it also aids in the quality of recruitment by reaching out to a wider audience, getting access to a larger database of applicants, shortlisting candidates based on the specific requirement that is crucial for oil and gas sector. Thus, boosting the overall quality of hiring.
Ease of Use
The millennials and GenX are mobile-friendly generations. They get familiar with the applications fast. With the availability to get push-notifications on new job postings for the candidates, it is the ease of application which attracts applicants. Recruiters must ensure the app is user-friendly and intuitive to deliver better results for job search query.
Companies in the oil and gas space have remained on backfoot when it comes to interaction with applicants. However, this sore spot is getting rectified with the mobile-based app. The chatbots allow the recruiters and applicants to communicate using email or messenger. The applicants can directly reach out to recruiters for any queries and concerns, and additionally, the recruiter can notify the candidates about the process of deadlines and on-boarding formalities.
Niche Market Approach
If you are recruiting exclusively for certain profiles, a mobile app can help you connect with potential contacts who are interested in the oil and gas industry. A networking platform like NrgEdge, that is specifically developed for professionals from the energy sector does not let the job postings get lost among requirements from other industries like IT and telecom. This gives you an advantage of promoting your posting in a niche forum.
For all the good, app-based approach can do, it still comes under fire from the critics Here are some points of concerns that must be considered before opting for this approach:
AI Cannot Replace the Human Intelligence
Some app-based platforms work on the artificial intelligence, where certain keywords or parameters are fed to shortlist the appropriate candidates. However, oil and gas industry is flexible and more skill-driven which means an applicant with atypical work experience can also be equally qualified for the position. This might be overlooked or rejected by the automated system. Hence human intelligence is still required to choose the right candidate.
System Can Be Tricked
Sometimes, poor selection of keywords by the recruiter can trick the app to highlight or shortlist candidates who are not relevant to the search profile. It might just end up to be a more frustrating process to manually shortlist profiles from a wide pool of mismatched resumes.
The web-based application is prone to hacking, virus or other data loss or data stealing which is a major concern for recruiters and professionals alike. In some situations, the company might ask for more information from the candidate apart from the ones mentioned in resume and profile. The candidate might not be comfortable sharing the details over an app leading to the delay in the onboarding process.
There is no doubt that the app-based approach is the future and with the right approach to tackling the loop-holes, like right usage of keywords and proper security settings, it will turn out to be a win-win for both recruiters and candidates. Oil and gas industry can take a step forward by cross-pollinating talents from other industries and an e-recruitment app can be the most crucial tool to achieve that.
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The UK has just designated the Persian Gulf as a level 3 risk for its ships – the highest level possible threat for British vessel traffic – as the confrontation between Iran with the US and its allies escalated. The strategically-important bit of water - and in particular the narrow Strait of Hormuz – is boiling over, and it seems as if full-blown military confrontation is inevitable.
The risk assessment comes as the British warship HMS Montrose had to escort the BP oil tanker British Heritage out of the Persian Gulf into the Indian Ocean from being blocked by Iranian vessels. The risk is particularly acute as Iran is spoiling for a fight after the Royal Marines seized the Iranian crude supertanker Grace-1 in Gibraltar on suspicions that it was violating sanctions by sending crude to war-torn Syria. Tensions over the Gibraltar seizure kept the British Heritage tanker in ‘safe’ Saudi Arabian waters for almost a week after making a U-turn from the Basrah oil terminal in Iraq on fears of Iranian reprisals, until the HMW Montrose came to its rescue. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps have warned of further ‘reciprocation’ even as it denied the British Heritage incident ever occurred.
This is just the latest in a series of events around Iran that is rattling the oil world. Since the waivers on exports of Iranian crude by the USA expired in early May, there were four sabotage attacks on oil tankers in the region and two additional attacks in June, all near the major bunkering hub of Fujairah. Increased US military presence resulted in Iran downing an American drone, which almost led to a full-blown conflict were it not for a last-minute U-turn by President Donald Trump. Reports suggest that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps have moved military equipment to its southern coast surrounding the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which is 39km at its narrowest. Up to a third of all seaborne petroleum trade passes through this chokepoint and while Iran would most likely overrun by US-led forces eventually if war breaks out, it could cause a major amount of damage in a little amount of time.
The risk has already driven up oil prices. While a risk premium has already been applied to current oil prices, some analysts are suggesting that further major spikes in crude oil prices could be incoming if Iran manages to close the Strait of Hormuz for an extended period of time. While international crude oil stocks will buffer any short-term impediment, if the Strait is closed for more than two weeks, crude oil prices could jump above US$100/b. If the Strait is closed for an extended period of time – and if the world has run down on its spare crude capacity – then prices could jump as high as US$325/b, according to a study conducted by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in Riyadh. This hasn’t happened yet, but the impact is already being felt beyond crude prices: insurance premiums for ships sailing to and fro the Persian Gulf rose tenfold in June, while the insurance-advice group Joint War Committee has designated the waters as a ‘Listed Area’, the highest risk classification on the scale. VLCC rates for trips in the Persian Gulf have also slipped, with traders cagey about sending ships into the potential conflict zone.
This will continue, as there is no end-game in sight for the Iranian issue. With the USA vague on what its eventual goals are and Iran in an aggressive mood at perceived injustice, the situation could explode in war or stay on steady heat for a longer while. Either way, this will have a major impact on the global crude markets. The boiling point has not been reached yet, but the waters of the Strait of Hormuz are certainly simmering.
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Headline crude prices for the week beginning 8 July 2019 – Brent: US$64/b; WTI: US$57/b
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Utility-scale battery storage units (units of one megawatt (MW) or greater power capacity) are a newer electric power resource, and their use has been growing in recent years. Operating utility-scale battery storage power capacity has more than quadrupled from the end of 2014 (214 MW) through March 2019 (899 MW). Assuming currently planned additions are completed and no current operating capacity is retired, utility-scale battery storage power capacity could exceed 2,500 MW by 2023.
EIA's Annual Electric Generator Report (Form EIA-860) collects data on the status of existing utility-scale battery storage units in the United States, along with proposed utility-scale battery storage projects scheduled for initial commercial operation within the next five years. The monthly version of this survey, the Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (Form EIA-860M), collects the updated status of any projects scheduled to come online within the next 12 months.
Growth in utility-scale battery installations is the result of supportive state-level energy storage policies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 that directs power system operators to allow utility-scale battery systems to engage in their wholesale energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets. In addition, pairing utility-scale battery storage with intermittent renewable resources, such as wind and solar, has become increasingly competitive compared with traditional generation options.
The two largest operating utility-scale battery storage sites in the United States as of March 2019 provide 40 MW of power capacity each: the Golden Valley Electric Association’s battery energy storage system in Alaska and the Vista Energy storage system in California. In the United States, 16 operating battery storage sites have an installed power capacity of 20 MW or greater. Of the 899 MW of installed operating battery storage reported by states as of March 2019, California, Illinois, and Texas account for a little less than half of that storage capacity.
In the first quarter of 2019, 60 MW of utility-scale battery storage power capacity came online, and an additional 108 MW of installed capacity will likely become operational by the end of the year. Of these planned 2019 installations, the largest is the Top Gun Energy Storage facility in California with 30 MW of installed capacity.
As of March 2019, the total utility-scale battery storage power capacity planned to come online through 2023 is 1,623 MW. If these planned facilities come online as scheduled, total U.S. utility-scale battery storage power capacity would nearly triple by the end of 2023. Additional capacity beyond what has already been reported may also be added as future operational dates approach.
Of all planned battery storage projects reported on Form EIA-860M, the largest two sites account for 725 MW and are planned to start commercial operation in 2021. The largest of these planned sites is the Manatee Solar Energy Center in Parrish, Florida. With a capacity of 409 MW, this project will be the largest solar-powered battery system in the world and will store energy from a nearby Florida Power and Light solar plant in Manatee County.
The second-largest planned utility-scale battery storage facility is the Helix Ravenswood facility located in Queens, New York. The site is planned to be developed in three stages and will have a total capacity of 316 MW.