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Oil Rigs (Maintenance)

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken to train a professional skilled group of British and European engineers capable of dealing with an oil blow-out on a North Sea rig.

The essential factor when a blow-out occurs is quick access to skilled personnel with relevant experience. Oil companies have traditionally relied on the expertise, knowledge and confidence which calling in Mr. Red Adair and his associates provides. In the light of the Ekofisk blow-out my right hon. Friend and I hope to discuss a number of points with Mr. Adair, including the possibility of developing the United Kingdom capability in this area.