Becoming the centre of public debate during the 2014 Scottish referendum, the North Sea oil forms a crucial chapter in Scottish history. Written by an industry insider, a combination of lightly technical explanation and anecdotal accounts explore the process of developing new oil fields and oil production. A poignantly human perspective of a lucrative and challenging industry, Shepherd highlights the importance of the reserves to a nation, and the impact of the production surge upon the men and women of the local community in Aberdeen.
Mike Shepherd was born in Aberdeen and witnessed the arrival of the oil industry to the city in his teenage years. Later working for BP and Shell planning oil wells in the North Sea, his childhood dream of becoming a geologist was realised with over thirty years experience in the oil indus-try. His previous work includes the textbook Oil Field Production Geology, used for postgraduate study both in the UK and abroad.
Map of the North Sea 3 Acknowledgements 9 Preface by Diane Morgan 11 Introduction 13 Timeline 15 Chapter 1 Finding a North Sea Oil Field 17 Chapter 2 The First Oil Fields are Found 28 Chapter 3 Appraisal and Production 42 Chapter 4 Aberdeen 53 Chapter 5 Local Heroes 64 Chapter 6 New Challenges 72 Chapter 7 Offshore 81 Chapter 8 The Forties Field 89 Chapter 9 Big Money 100 Chapter 10 BP and Britoil 109 Chapter 11 Occidental and ELF 116 Chapter 12 Oil Reserves 124 Chapter 13 Out West 132 Chapter 14 The End of Oil 139 Chapter 15 The Geological Story 147 Endnotes 175