Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute said the North Sea industry will endure a period of short term pain before it could emerge leaner, fitter and better able to compete as the oil price recovers in years to come.
Paul de Leeuw
The premier league of global E&P has changed dramatically with the USA overtaking both Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil and gas producer in 2014. The last time the USA was the world’s largest oil producer was in 1975. The impact of this change will no doubt have profound implications in geopolitical terms. So what about the UK’s position in the elite oil and gas premier league? According to the BP Statistical Review, the UK ranks now in the middle of the pack out of more than 50 countries in terms of oil and gas production in the global E&P table. The UK’s contribution has declined from c. 4% of the world’s production in 2000 to c. 1% in 2014. It is expected that the world’s oil and gas production will continue to grow over time to meet the ever increasing demand. With the UK’s production declining further in years to come, the UK may be relegated from the oil and gas premier league, unless we find ways to re-invigorate exploration, increase appraisal drilling and new field development activities in the UK.
A new centre which aims to speed up the development of new technologies for the North Sea oil and gas industry will be formally launched by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Aberdeen tonight