Despite skills shortage, North Sea oil and gas industry outlook remains positive


Oonagh Werngren, Oil and Gas UK
Oonagh Werngren, Oil and Gas UK

Business confidence in the UK oil and gas industry remained positive in the third quarter of last year, according to the latest index published by Oil and Gas UK.

Although the third quarter of 2013 saw a drop of six points from 21 to 15,  the mood of the industry remained firmly within positive territory on the -50 to +50  index.

Oonagh Werngren, Operations Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “These figures provide a snapshot of the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s outlook in Q3, which was slightly less optimistic than Q2. Although the Q3 results represent a drop in confidence, there continues to be high levels of activity linked to a number of UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) projects and forecasts for investment in the UKCS were at record levels in 2013.

“Factors such as a shortage of skilled personnel, wage inflation and growing operating costs may have dampened any rise in optimism across the industry but the figures demonstrate that , despite these, the industry has confidence in the future of the North Sea.”

Data was provided by both operator and contractor companies to Oil & Gas UK and anonymised for the purpose of the Business Sentiment Index. Oil & Gas UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry now represents over 400 companies.

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