Opinion

Opinion

The taxing issue of unlocking the UK’s shale gas potential

26/07/2013

The UK's shale gas reserves have featured prominently in the news in recent weeks following several important announcements which have sought to illustrate and, ultimately, unlock the potential of this energy source locked deep beneath our feet.

Opinion

Preventing tragedy is greatest tribute we can pay Piper Alpha victims

26/06/2013

The Piper Alpha disaster – still the world’s worst offshore industrial tragedy – changed the lives of the loved ones of all on board and it brought about fundamental changes to the way Scotland’s offshore industry treated the health and safety of its workers, writes Alex Salmond.

Opinion

Piper 25: Remembering the past, we must work together for the future

21/06/2013

It was 24 years ago, almost to the day, when I spent my first night offshore on-board the Tharos support vessel.  I had just finished my first shift on Claymore as part of a commissioning squad preparing for first oil post the Piper tragedy.  In the days to come I would be caught up in the industrial action that dominated our offshore life and the headlines in 1989.