Category Archives: Energy

The 2017 hurricane season: Will it transform the energy insurance markets?

In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the thoughts of our colleagues in the energy sector and insurance market are quite rightly directed towards the human tragedy that’s unfolding as new details of the death and destruction wrought by … Continue reading →

Why a well-run energy industry workforce underpins effective asset risk management

Piper Alpha. Longford. Texas City. Deepwater Horizon. Everyone in the energy industry knows about these landmark energy losses, and everyone fears another one. But apart from being catastrophic, each of these occurrences has one common thread — human error. Where … Continue reading →

Despite Anthony Hilton’s warning, energy insurance products are still valuable say risk managers

There’s no doubt that both the energy and insurance industries are facing challenging times. Low oil prices are driving cost-cutting and workforce layoffs, at a time when the insurance markets are beset by over-capacity and a dwindling premium income base. … Continue reading →

The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation – Are the natural resources industries ready?

On April 14, 2016 the European Parliament voted to adopt a new data protection law for Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The regulation will come into effect on May 25, 2018. The purpose of the regulation is to … Continue reading →

2017 trading conditions: The “new normal” for the energy and insurance industries?

Willis Towers Watson has just launched our 2017 Energy Market Review.  Despite an encouraging uplift during the last 12 months, the energy industry is still beset by some significant challenges, including  low oil prices, cost control pressures, workforce layoffs, onerous … Continue reading →

What risks will emerge in 2017?

A look at the emerging risks for 2017 reveals two clear touchpoints: people and politics – and especially politics. Risk experts in areas ranging from human capital to transportation, from Washington, DC to Brazil are looking at the broad implications … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2016

As Halloween nears, people’s thoughts inevitably turn to ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night. At the Wire we take this opportunity to reflect on the scariest risks our clients faced this year.  … Continue reading →

Oil and gas firms look at talent while waiting for $60 barrels

Make no mistake, it is a tough time for the oil and gas industry, and big and small firms alike are struggling to strike the right balance between cutting costs and protecting their brands, all while making sure they are … Continue reading →

U.S. interest rates key to natural resources industry risk

When we surveyed top executives from natural resources firms across the globe earlier this year on what they saw as the biggest challenges their firms faced, we learnt that many C-suiters rated currency and interest rate fluctuations high among their … Continue reading →

Energy and mining execs fear a special kind of political risk

The Natural Resources Risk Index found the risk of "creeping expropriation" most troubling to many energy and mining executives. Continue reading →