Compel firms to extract North Sea oil in the nation’s interest

Euan Mearns

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For decades the UK has been accustomed to filling its coffers with the bounty from North Sea oil and gas, and the jobs and tax receipts it has brought. At one time exports helped balance the books and provided energy security on our doorstep. But production peaked at the equivalent of 4.72 million barrels per day in 1999 and the subsequent decline has in recent years accelerated, as the figures from BP’s statistical review of world energy 2013 show (below).
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2013


  • Fossil fuels
  • Oil
  • Energy
  • Gas
  • Industry regulation
  • Oil and gas
  • North Sea oil


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