Thursday 28 January 2016

My favourite weekday mornings...

…are those when Gail works at home for an hour or so before she leaves to attend a meeting…

Sometimes I like to help her with her work.

I study the documents carefully and give her my considered opinion.

Hmm. I am not convinced that a repeat seismic survey after one year's gas production on the Tormore gas field will be useful in helping determine whether additional wells should be drilled, and at a cost of £7 million for the survey, one would have to question the value of the information gained…

It is also my view that the undrilled oil and gas prospects presented here are very risky from a geological perspective, and given the low oil price and the high cost of drilling in the harsh offshore environment of the West of Shetlands basin, I cannot in all conscience recommend that they be pursued further. One feels that if the SNP government were able to see and understand these data, they might be less sanguine about the long term future of Scotland's offshore petroleum industry as a source of valuable tax revenue ...

I wonder what my friends think?

I can't help noticing that there is a certain theme to the names of the gas fields in this offshore 'West of Shetland' area: Glenlivet, Macallan, Bunnehaven, Talisker, Tomatin, Laggan, Tobermory, Tormore, Edradour, Craigellachie…

Is it time yet for a wee dram?


  1. Hmm... sounds like someone namin' dem oilfields is a fan of single malts!

    Round here in Texas, our oil fields got names like Spindletop, Ranger, and da real original "East Texas" located in, ya guessed it, East Texas...bol, bol... a lot of 'em are just named after da area when dey wuz discovered... One was named Electra after da daughter of da man dat owned da ranch dey found da oil on...

    I likes dem single malt names... I guess sumbuddy wuz thirsty!

  2. It are always time for a wee dram. ALWAYS.

  3. Errrr.....nope, finking isn't my field Bertie!
    Butts, I is very good a drinking the whiskey...which I dos whenever Dad leaves a glass unattended! (yep, i do get yelled at!)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Perhaps it helps with the chill.

    We think you and Gail should do the million would buy quite a few treats.

  5. I agree with Whitley on this one Bertie!

  6. Oh Dear Bertie you did a mighty fine job of breaking down all the graphs and studies and your looked adorable doing it. Mom doesn't have any Macallan but she will pour a glass of NC wine from Duplin Co. Brice's Creek while she ponders this.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. ummm.... wait a minute I will grab such a whiskey furst to get some inspiration... well, I have no clue but I have a whiskey named old crow (mom got it on her birthday lol)...maybe that would be a good name for such a field too?

  8. We think your scientific resume of the situation is spot on. We think the names for the fields reflect what was being consumed at the time

  9. Hari OM
    The state of the industry at the moment would surely have many within it wishing to drown in uisce beath! Can it be drilled for instead?
    Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  10. We would think after reading those reports one would need a good stiff dram or two :) :)

  11. SCALLYWAG??????? OMD BERTIE... somebuddy put your NICKNAME on a Glass fur YOU???

    Now about that GAS.... ERNIE has PLENTY of it... Just sayin....

  12. ummm that dram sounded pretty good.
    stella rose

  13. Now do we understand correctly that you are starting out your morning with drinking? Yes, that should keep Gail home. Good plan!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. Your scientific knowledge never ceases to amaze us, Bertie!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  15. What would she ever do without you
    Lily & Edward

  16. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I do not know what to think about oil and gas. But I do know what to think about bacon. Does your person need consulting help on bacon?

  17. I am sure Gail really appreciates your help. You make perfect sense to me! If only government officials, would listen to your well thought out opinions.

  18. Bertie why are countries faces currency woes in wake of oil price plunge. Why if their citizens have more money to spend because they are paying less for gas does it not make sense that all would equal out? I think it is more like we the poor get our ice water in the winter and the rich oil companies get their ice water in the summer if the price of a barrel of crude is high.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot