Every little bit helpsI was interested to read your article on the efforts of the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry Technology Facilitator to secure funding for the development of breakthrough technologies (OGJ, Feb. 18, 2002, p. 28).There is evidence a-plenty to dem onstrate the impact of technology on exploration and development costs and, hence, both new field discovery plus existing field life extension in the North Sea and elsewhere. However, what is never explicitly stated in all the words written about technology is the fundamental importance of THE critical success factor-competent and motivated people to both develop the technology and subsequently implement it.The industry is facin...

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