Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-292) and index.
This book reviews the condition of the British economy and the status of offshore technology immediately prior to the arrival of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea. It examines the immediate and long-term reactions to this large new industry of both the private sector and of government, including the formation, functions and operations of the Offshore Supplies Office (OSO). The "The Full and Fair Opportunity" policy for British firms and the role of' "UK content" and the sponsorship of R & D through license awards are considered. Relations with the USA, Norway and other European countries
Front Cover; The Sea of Lost Opportunity: North Sea Oil and Gas, British Industry and the Offshore Supplies Office; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Tables; List of Charts; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Preface; Chapter 1: In Europe's Sick Bay; Chapter 2: The Genesis of the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry; Chapter 3: Motivations and Constraints; Chapter 4: Before OSO: Offshore Supplies 1963-1972; Chapter 5: OSO's Formative Years 1973-1980; Chapter 6: OSO's Long March into History 1981-1993; Chapter 7: Assessing OSO; Chapter 8: Case Studies and Expert Testimony.