Poll reveals concerns over Norway’s North Sea growth

A shortage of skilled professionals could prevent Norway from taking advantage of large oil reserves recently discovered in the North Sea, according to a poll of delegates at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference.

Sixty-eight per cent of participants said they felt skills shortages would result in the country struggling to realise the potential of its recent Aldous and Avaldsnes discoveries — recently named the Johan Sverdrup field — while only 32 per cent of participants felt that there were enough professionals available to develop these reserves.

The Industry Snapshot Poll was conducted on the second day of the ONS conference in Stavanger by independent technical advisor GL Noble Denton. Senior professionals from across the industry also took part in the poll online.