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New animation celebrates 50 years of UK North Sea industry

Oil & Gas UK chief executive Deirdre Michie
Oil & Gas UK chief executive Deirdre Michie

Oil & Gas UK (OGUK)’s annual conference, which focused on the next 40 years of the offshore industry and attracted more than 500 people, ended with the launch of an animation celebrating the sector’s achievements to date.

The short infographic celebrates 50 years of exploration for oil and gas in the UK North Sea and the production that has been achieved over four decades.

It gives a snapshot history of oil and gas development in the UK, highlights the sector’s significant contribution to British jobs, skills, technology and energy security and underlines the industry’s potential to remain a driving force in Britain’s economy for decades to come.

See the animation here.

Launching it as the Aberdeen conference drew to a close on Thursday, Oil Gas UK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “As we grapple with the very real issues that our industry faces today 2015 also marks a major anniversary of 50 years – half a century – since we found the first gas in the North Sea (oil was found some years later, in 1969).

“We wanted to acknowledge this moment and the journey we have been on and to reinforce the contribution that the industry has made over all these years.”

She added: “This has been an incredibly busy two days, with rich discussions and a developing sense of purpose.

“The objective of this conference was to bring us together, recognise the challenges that face this industry and focus us on the way ahead.

“From the feedback I’ve had, I know there is now a better understanding of these challenges and how to meet them. We are committed to resolving them.”

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