The Sea of Lost Opportunity: North Sea Oil and Gas, British Industry and the Offshore Supplies Office



2011 | 320 Pages | ISBN: 0444536450 | PDF | 5.82 Mb


This book reviews the condition of the British economy and the status of offshore technology immediately prior to the arrival of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea. It examines the immediate and long-term reactions to this large new industry of both the private sector and of government, including the formation, functions and operations of the Offshore Supplies Office (OSO). The "The Full and Fair Opportunity" policy for British firms and the role of' "UK content" and the sponsorship of R&D through license awards are considered. Relations with the USA, Norway and other European countries, as well as the European Commission are covered.
Notwithstanding the nearly 30 years of government support through the OSO, the UK has not reaped the full benefit of the North Sea discoveries; this book attempts to explain why.
Covers the entire period from the first well offshore Britain until the dismantling of the specific British industrial policy measures for offshore supplies
Based in large measure upon archives not previously accessed and the private testimony/papers of participants
'Drills down' to the level of individual company decisions through case study and other material

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