UKOOA: Skills shortage worries UK oil industry

11/13/2006
An acute lack of skilled engineers and technologists is threatening the development of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), speakers warned Nov. 7 at the UK Offshore Operators’ Association (UKOOA) industry conference in Aberdeen.The estimated 27 billion bbl of oil and gas remaining in the mature province will require £300 billion to produce, and engineers will be needed to develop innovative solutions to extract the oil and gas in difficult areas, UKOOA Chief Executive Malcolm Webb said. As one solution, Webb urged participants to recruit more women into the industry to help ease the skills shortage. Women currently comprise about 5% of the offshore workforce.Oil and gas industry ...
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