Skills gap fuels fears for North Sea safety
AN OIL company boss has warned that a shortage of experienced staff is jeopardising the North Sea’s world-leading safety standards as the sector prepares for its biggest boom for 30 years.
Geoff Holmes said the industry needed seasoned managers who would be able to respond to a disaster on the scale of the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 or the Piper Alpha tragedy.
The Talisman Sinopec Energy UK chief executive spoke out on the day after it was revealed that offshore firms plan to invest £100billion in projects in UK waters – and BP went on trial in New Orleans over the worst offshore oil spill in American history.
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