The Sea of Lost Opportunity
North Sea Oil and Gas, British Industry and the Offshore Supplies OfficeBy
- Norman J. Smith
Public sector policy makers, business strategists, academics in fields of economics/industrial history, energy economics and business.
Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production
Hardbound, 320 Pages
Published: May 2011
"Meticulously researched, the author draws on extensive reference list, of both published and unpublished sources, and includes testimonies from key participants within the industry in order to drill down to the level of individual company decisionsâ¦this book represents an important contribution in the quest to uncover the complex and opaque relationships that existed during the time period under consideration."-- Scottish Business and Industrial History, page 106-107 "This is an impressive workâ¦extremely well researched book, using not only published and archived sources from government, oil industry, and the business community, but also his own working knowledgeâ¦This book should be essential reading for anyone concerned with the UKâs energy problems or questions of industrial policy. It provides much insight into the complex and every present interplay of business interests and political policy making."--Oriel College Record, 2012, page 76 "absolutely gripping - a real tour de force" Sir Derek Morris, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford and former Chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission
"Turning to the Sea of Lost Opportunity, this book is highly relevant to the Britain, of todayâ¦deeply stressed and seemingly unable to pull itself out of what has become an horrendous economic mire ...... a must-read for anyone who is hungry to learn about the industry that grew to become our greatest success story in a very long time."
--The Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
"Smith explains why 25 years of government support through the OSO did not produce greater benefit for the UK. He seeks to show how governments and industries might more effectively manage new demands and âpursue strategic industrial objectives while leaving market mechanisms to function with minimal interferenceâ. These objectives have application to Australia, not least in our equally open attitude to foreign investment, with mining, agriculture and real estate all in the public eye at present. Smith's suggestions as to how Britain could have been done better are no comfort to past governments, but may, well prepare those to come for new challenges."--
Federal Gallery (Australia)
"[T]his is no less than the most important book involving the underwater industry that it has been my pleasure to have reviewedâ¦.There is so much wisdom woven into the fabric of this momentous book that its importance simply cannot be overstated. It is richly endowed with analytical tables, charts, and figures and makes compulsive reading."
--Underwater Contractor International
"Smith provides an excellent conclusion that looks at the current UK energy scene and addresses the diverse industrial implications and impacts on future energy policy. This is an outstanding exposition of administration from 1963- 1993. Free-thinking technologists, politicians and energy economists should learn from the past and the current situation in order to produce sensible energy policies for the future. Clearly, this is a book to digest with an eye on strategic development, in terms of sustainable supplies and the environmental challenge."
--Materials World Magazine, 04 Dec 2011
"Detailed historical analysis of why the UK North Sea oil industry failed to establish a globally competitive offshore service and supply industry over thirty years."