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Title: North Sea Oil and Gas, British Industry and the Offshore Supplies Office 1963 - 1993
Author: Smith, N. J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3452 8848
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2007
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The thesis reviews the opening conditions of the British economy and the evolution of offshore technology before examining the re~tions ofthe private sector and of government, particularly the formation, functions and operations ofthe Offshore Supplies Office. The 'The Full and Fair Opportunity' agreement with UKOOA and the role of 'UK content' and the sponsorship ofR & D in licence awards are considered. Relations With the USA, Norway and other European countries, as well as the European Commission are covered, including the ending ofthe Interest Relief Grant Scheme and the impact ofthe European Single Market. Case studies showing the performance ofBritish business in the contract drilling and drilling fluids market segments and of four companies, British Underwater Engineering, Expro International, Trafalgar House and the Wood Group illustrate key determinants of success or failure. ' After the tes~ing ofexplanatory propositions, a range of measures that might have improved British industrial performance is suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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