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IN BRIEF: Diver dies

Diver dies

North Sea sale boosts Clyde

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Gummer refuses to back end to North Sea pollution

Britain stands up for fish stocks but against ban on dumping and emissions. Nicholas Schoon reports from Esbjerg summit

Women left behind by the oil slick: Work on North Sea rigs has ruled and often wrecked the lives of workers and their families. Leonie Jameson meets three women who know

SINCE 1969, when oil was first discovered in the North Sea, men, and for the past 10 years, women, have laboured hard to pump Britain's liquid gold ashore. These 30,000 workers' private lives have been jeopardised by life offshore. They and their families suffer disproportionately from divorce, stress-related addictions and the burden of disruptive children. In 1988, the Grampian Women's Aid marital counselling service reported that 60 per cent of its clients were the partners of oilmen.

Fishermen rescued

Three fishermen were rescued from their liferaft as their boat sank in the North Sea, 100 miles east of Eyemouth in Scotland.

Helicopter merger over North Sea

THE WORLD'S largest civil helicopter operating group has been created with an alliance between Bond, based in Aberdeen, and a Norwegian rival, writes Russell Hotten.

Andrews' claims exceeded losses

A FORMER Lloyd's underwriter admitted in the High Court that losses reported for the Piper Alpha explosion were lower than those which records show he simultaneously claimed from reinsurers, writes Diane Coyle.

Enterprise launches war of words in pounds 1.45bn Lasmo bid

LASMO has forfeited its right to remain an independent company, according to Enterprise Oil, which attacked Lasmo's finances and exploration and performance records, writes Heather Connon.

Crewman dies

A CREWMAN died after fire swept through a Norwegian coaster in the North Sea. The Filipino chief engineer was winched off when he and the crew abandoned ship, and taken to a platform in the Forties oilfield, where he was found to be dead.

Coaster abandoned

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Meter that goes with the flow: Oil pipelines may now be monitored without halting the process

TECHNOLOGY that was developed for monitoring nuclear power stations will soon be improving the economics of North Sea oilfields, by making it easier and cheaper to measure production levels at the wellhead.

North Sea oilfield stakes sold: Enterprise and Clyde dispose of interests in two areas

THE MARKET for North Sea oil assets flared up yesterday when two stakes in Britain's oldest and biggest fields changed hands for about pounds 55m.

Oil price slides again on North Sea news

OIL PRICES tumbled to new five-year lows in London again yesterday, depressed by further confirmation of record North Sea oil output in an oversupplied market.

PowerGen paying pounds 123m for Lasmo North Sea package

LASMO, the struggling oil explorer, is raising pounds 123m from the sale of a package of North Sea assets to PowerGen, the privatised electricity generator.
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