Barry Wilkinson , a long time servant of British Gas and now retired gave a very interesting illustrated talk on ” North Sea Gas – Well to Use”. For a period of ten years he was Safety Officer for the North of England and along with a team of work colleagues was invited to visit Rough Field Oil Rig in the North Sea. Using digital slides, some taken during this visit, he gave us a historical insight into how the North Sea Oil fields were identified, how the oil and gas was extracted, purified and then transported to the mainland. We were than shown how gas is now distributed around the country, the monitoring of it’s usage , how faults are detected and rectified and how modern materials have improved the safety aspects of using a potentially dangerous commodity. There was time for several questions at the end of the talk and the subject of fracking was discussed.
At our next meeting on May 15th, the last before our Summer recess, John Webb will be presenting a talk on “The Magnificent Mr Handel”.