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North Sea oil and gas: a geographical perspective

Abstract

Only ten years after the first rig moved into position, British oil has been piped ashore from the North Sea and, by 1980, will be making a substantial contribution to UK energy supplies. The discovery of natural gas in 1967--for initially gas was the primary objective--has transformed the gas supply so that 90% of the UK's needs already come from the North Sea. The speed and concentration of exploration pinpoints the vital importance of this new energy source. Until now the major oil 'pipeline' in the world has been led between the Middle East and Western Europe, so this new energy source has far reaching implications, both political and economic. Keith Chapman examines these implications starting from events in the North Sea itself; the geological background, agreement on the division of the North Sea, relations between oil companies, and government embodied in offshore mining legislation. The latter part of the book concentrates on the onshore repercussions of offshore activities; how North Sea oil fits into the international oil system, the various options open for its utilisation, the attitude of the EEC towards Scottish-based resources, government policy for the North coast of Scotland--an area which planners classed as ''peripheral'' but which  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1976
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
EPA-; EDB-77-082086
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Problems in Modern Geography
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 02 PETROLEUM; 03 NATURAL GAS; NATURAL GAS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; OFFSHORE OPERATIONS; NORTH SEA; PETROLEUM; UNITED KINGDOM; ALLOCATIONS; ECONOMIC IMPACT; EXPLORATION; GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS; LEGISLATION; SITE SELECTION; ATLANTIC OCEAN; ENERGY SOURCES; EUROPE; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; SEAS; SURFACE WATERS; 294002* - Energy Planning & Policy- Petroleum; 294003 - Energy Planning & Policy- Natural Gas; 021000 - Petroleum- Legislation & Regulations; 031000 - Natural Gas- Legislation & Regulations
OSTI ID:
7306003
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 240
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Citation Formats

Chapman, K. North Sea oil and gas: a geographical perspective. Canada: N. p., 1976. Web.
Chapman, K. North Sea oil and gas: a geographical perspective. Canada.
Chapman, K. 1976. "North Sea oil and gas: a geographical perspective." Canada.
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abstractNote = {Only ten years after the first rig moved into position, British oil has been piped ashore from the North Sea and, by 1980, will be making a substantial contribution to UK energy supplies. The discovery of natural gas in 1967--for initially gas was the primary objective--has transformed the gas supply so that 90% of the UK's needs already come from the North Sea. The speed and concentration of exploration pinpoints the vital importance of this new energy source. Until now the major oil 'pipeline' in the world has been led between the Middle East and Western Europe, so this new energy source has far reaching implications, both political and economic. Keith Chapman examines these implications starting from events in the North Sea itself; the geological background, agreement on the division of the North Sea, relations between oil companies, and government embodied in offshore mining legislation. The latter part of the book concentrates on the onshore repercussions of offshore activities; how North Sea oil fits into the international oil system, the various options open for its utilisation, the attitude of the EEC towards Scottish-based resources, government policy for the North coast of Scotland--an area which planners classed as ''peripheral'' but which must now accommodate extensive support facilities and service industries for the oil sites. There is also the question of relations between national and commercial interests--government versus the giant multi-national companies which took the initial gamble in the North Sea and are now responsible for the development of a resource vital to the economic well-being of Western Europe.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1976}
month = {Jan}
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