North Sea – Oil and Gas – Ungrateful Scots Should Be On Their Knees Thanking Westminster for Taking Control

 

 

 

 

Oil and Gas the millstone round the neck of Scotland

Unionist political parties ably assisted by the BBC and Unionist press are fermenting despair  in Scotland through a campaign of disinformation seeking to manipulate the minds of Scots to accept that the days of Scottish self sufficiency in oil, gas, and renewable ‘s are numbered in a few years.

Scots will by result remain to be a heavy financial burden on Westminster. They are simply incapable of governing their country since they are not bred to do so.

Westminster Unionist politicians, skilled in the dark arts are lying, much as they have for 300 years so that they will be able to control Scotland dictating all aspects of life within its borders.

Acceptance of the “porkie pies” by Westminster should mean that England has no further need of Scottish waters stolen by subterfuge by Tony Blair and the Labour Government in 1999.

Nicola Sturgeon should at the earliest opportunity require the illegal removal of Scottish Waters by Westminster to be reversed as part of the 2016 Scotland Act.

 

 

 

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Scottish Waters after the 1999 Theft by the Labour Party

 

 

 

Oil & Gas The Rip Off That is Westminster

A 2014 UK government commissioned report, compiled by an Aberdonian member of the unelected House of Lords stated there were around 24 billion barrels of oil yet to be recovered from the North Sea.

The figure quoted considered recoverable oil in the North Sea block only. It did not include the North Atlantic, West Coast of Scotland or Rockall areas since these are largely unexplored.

Enter the spoiler, “The Clair Field”. First discovered and located in the, “Atlantic Sector” of the, “Continental Shelf” in 1977 it was declared, “off limits for discussion” by the UK government.

Unionist media manipulators then broadcast widely and often, (making full use of the Unionist media and press) that the oil would run down in the 1990’s. Job done. Scotland, “back to sleep” it was thought by the Westminster con-men.

Many years later, in 2003 a license to explore the Clair field was finally granted to BP.  Surprise, surprise, “sweet oil, in excellent quantities flowed freely, and this was only phase 1.

In a recent conference in Houston Texas, not widely reported in the UK press. BP announced a major further major expansion of the, “Clair Field”.  Field development, to date;

Phase 1. Has produced 90 million barrels of oil since operations began in 2005.

Phase 2. is expected to produce reach peak production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, after operations begin in 2016. And we are addressing only one field.

But here we are again. “Blether Together” politico’s, (largely comprised of discredited time spent old men of Westminster) are now spreading the lie that oil will run-out in 15-20 year’s.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2013/05/10/Scotland-sees-major-potential-offshore/UPI-29921368180685/?st_rec=85431369909920

 

 

BP, Partners to Develop 3rd Phase of Giant Clair Field (UK)
The Clair Field
 28 March 2013: BP and Partners to Develop 3rd Phase of Giant Clair Field
BP and its co-venturers Shell, Conoco-Phillips and Chevron announced today their decision to proceed with a two-year appraisal programme to look at the possibility of developing a third phase of the giant Clair field (first discovered in 1977),  West of the Shetland Isles
The initial commitment involves a two year programme to drill five appraisal wells. This could increase to between eight and twelve wells, depending on results from these first wells. Drilling of the first well commenced recently.
The objectives of the programme are to provide greater certainty on overall reservoir volumes, including their distribution and fluid characteristics; to evaluate technologies to improve recovery from Greater Clair; and to test the possibility of new stand-alone developments and linkages to Clair Ridge.
Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP North Sea, said: “This is a major milestone and a further big commitment to the west of Shetland by BP and its co-venturers. If successful, the appraisal programme could pave the way for a third phase of development at Clair – this is now a real possibility.”
Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said: “This announcement by BP of a two year appraisal programme for the Greater Clair area West of Shetland is excellent news. It shows the industry’s commitment to maximise the potential in this area, which could hold up to 17% of our oil and gas reserves.
 “Greater Clair proves there is still a long future for oil and gas production in the North Sea and will give confidence to new recruits that the industry offers a career for life.”
John Hayes, Energy Minister, said: “Greater Clair is extremely significant as it reinforces West of Shetland as an important area of future oil and gas development. 

“The Government is working extremely hard to ensure the oil and gas industry has the confidence and certainty it needs to invest, providing the UK with a source of energy security and jobs for years to come.”

 

http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/bp-partners-to-develop-3rd-phase-of-giant-clair-field-uk/

 

Jasmine Field

The Jasmine field lies in blocks 30/6 and 30/7a of the central North Sea

 

Jade Field

The Jasmine field is located near Conoco-Phillips’ Jade and Judy fields.

 

 

 

20 November 2013: First Oil production from the Jasmine field in the UK North Sea

Once on plateau, Jasmine is expected to contribute around 30 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Group Chief Executive Officer Chris Finlayson said “The start-up of production from Jasmine marks the delivery of yet another key 2013 milestone.

“Jasmine is the largest discovery to come on-stream in the North Sea since the giant Buzzard field began production in 2007.  It demonstrates both our world-class exploration performance and our long-term commitment to the North Sea where we believe significant potential remains.”

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Shetland Gas Fields

 

 

8 February 2016: Total turns on gas from West of Shetland Laggan and Tormore fields

Production has begun at a new gas plant that will bring the vast reserves west of Shetland to the mainland.  The Shetland Gas Plant is expected to provide about 8% of the UK’s (100% of Scotland’s) gas needs.

A flare was lit at the moment gas started flowing to the plant, which will serve the Laggan and Tormore fields.  The two gas fields lie about 125km (77 miles) to the north west of the Shetland Islands. The plant is said to have been the biggest construction project in the UK since the London Olympics.

Total said the Laggan and Tormore fields will produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The gas will be piped to the plant, which lies just to the east of the existing Sullom Voe Terminal, before a pipeline takes it to the UK mainland and into the national gas grid.  Almost 20% of the UK’s remaining oil and gas reserves are thought to lie in the area to the west of Shetland.

The project is part of a massive £3.5bn investment by French company Total. Challenging weather conditions delayed the project by more than a year and added millions to its cost.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It is the success of large investment projects such as this which will see the Shetland Islands remain a key hub for oil and gas production in the North Sea

“Production from the North Sea as a whole is now increasing and cost efficiencies are being achieved. The Laggan and Tormore fields, which have a lifespan of 20 years, will provide a further boost North Sea production.”

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said Total’s announcement showed that the prospects for west of Shetland looked positive despite the “doom and gloom from some about the future of oil and gas”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-35516144

 

Gas plant construction site

The Shetland Gas Plant

 

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Scottish Pound Gathers Strength

Hong Kong Money Market Boosts Scottish Independence.

At the time Scotland re-enters the world stage as an independent country, use of sterling will become the subject of debate within the worlds money markets. Retention of Sterling, without a, “lender of last resort” is gaining ground as a preferred option,(mirroring that adopted by a thriving Panama which adopted the $US as it’s currency) given that the Westminster treasury is very heavily over committed, in any event, carrying the heaviest financial deficit in the world.

It is likely the Scottish pound will gain in value against the rUK pound in the financial markets of the world. Anyone possessing Scottish notes, in any volume, would be well placed to make a fair bit of profit. The Chinese plan long term and are apparently ahead of the game.

In a week that has seen Britain discuss the future of sterling and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s money changers have provided an unwitting boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate – and more favourable – rate for Scottish pound notes. Currency exchange company Mega Foreign Exchange listed the Scottish pound in its exchange rates, valuing it higher than the English pound. Yesterday it was offering HK$11.50 for a Scottish pound but HK$11.30 for an English one.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1224903/scottish-independence-gets-boost-hong-kongs-money-markets

Afghanistan – Policy In The Field Of War Decided By Labour Politicians – British Army Suffered Horrendous Casualties Four Times Greater Than The Americans – Why?

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John Reid, “now Baron”, (Labour Party bulldog) recently resurfaced and, declaring himself, “a man to be trusted” attacked any persons who indicated they would vote, “Yes” to independence. I am of the view he should hang his head in shame and take himself away from politics forever. A has-been who blatantly failed the nations forces.

 

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April 29 2006 Afghanistan:
UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, tasked to create a safe base and to provide leadership of a Nato-led peacekeeping force. In direct support a large US-led force was deployed throughout the country aggressively eliminating militants.

John Reid, Secretary of State for Defence, addressing the world’s press in Kabul, spoke of how Britain would remain in the Nato offensive, emphasising the importance of preventing the Taliban returning to power. He further stated, “We’re in Helmand and the South to assist and protect the Afghan people reconstructing their economy and democracy” and, “we would be perfectly happy to leave in three years time without firing one shot.”

Enjoying a deal of advance knowledge, through secret briefing, (of the mission to which the soldiers had been tasked) he belatedly first advised the leader of the soldiers that the area to which they had been deployed was heavily infested with nests of vipers and whilst they should exercise care, nests should be removed and vipers eliminated if the mission required it.

The leader of the soldiers expressed surprise and disappointment, warning Reid that the soldiers were neither equipped nor trained to deal with problems such as indicated. Reid off-handedly blustered that they would have to muddle through and learn quickly. He left the troops to their fate and returned to Westminster, well removed from the area.

He returned to Westminster, to yet another government scandal, (1,200+) illegal immigrants, previously imprisoned for very serious crimes against UK citizens had not been deported on release and could not be traced. The Home Secretary had been sacked for incompetence. Reid replaced him.

 

 

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Casualties, in Afghanistan, very quickly mounted up, as the UK soldiers were heavily attacked by the vipers. It was noted that a USA unit located alongside the UK force was suffering markedly fewer similarly killed or wounded. This was attributed to the issue, (before deployment) of appropriate weapons, suitable equipment, protective clothing, special viper kill training and back-up support.

 

 

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Requests that similar measures be introduced, by Westminster were rebuffed, on the basis that finance for the mission had been previously fixed. Casualties continued increasing. The UK media, appalled at the attrition level publicly voiced their concerns. This resulted in pressure being applied by the UK public who insisted UK forces should be properly trained and equipped. Westminster reluctantly agreed to rectify matters and borrowed £ billions on the open market.

 

 

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Britain Sent Troops Into Helmand Province With, “Eyes Shut and Fingers Crossed”

Major General Mackay, Greatly respected, Force Commander in Helmand, (in an interview in the Times), not long after he left the Army said;

“Labour’s “complacent” approach to the Afghan mission had proved “very costly”.  The genesis of their approach is born of complacency, the thought that, ‘we can deal with it as and when it happens”.  It resulted, I believe, in the upper echelons of the Labour government going into Helmand with their eyes shut and their fingers crossed.

“For those who fought and died or suffered injuries in that period, this proved a very costly means of conducting counter-insurgency. The issue is whether or not our politicians, diplomats, intelligence services, civil servants and senior military have done enough, adapted enough, been innovative enough or courageous enough to make tough, and more often than not, unpalatable choices.”

“My answer to that question is that they have not or have failed to do so too often. Muddling through seemed to be the default setting, along with the protection of individual and collective interests”.

 

 

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Follow up – The disastrous legacy John Reid left the Army and the nation

446 British soldiers met their deaths – a higher figure than in Iraq, or the Falklands – most commonly from improvised explosive devices buried along the dusty roads of Helmand province. They have been killed at four times the rate of US troops, a statistical disparity which nobody at Westminster seems anxious to have explained.

The maximum acceptable level of Major Combat casualties is 6 deaths per 1000.  USA forces suffered 3 deaths per 1000 in the same period.

UK forces suffered 13 deaths per 1000. (twice the normal rate).

3560 soldiers were wounded. A snapshot of non-lethal casualties showed that in one year alone, (between April 2012 and March 2013)  29 British soldiers had limbs amputated. Twelve of these were classified as “significant multiple amputees”. The average age of those who died was 22. Thirty-one were teenagers, 200 in their 20s.

Of the Afghan veterans who had made it home more or less in one piece, the most common cause of death in 2012 was suicide.

One reason for the very high British casualty rate – in the absence of written evidence – could be the ignorance and stupidity of British politicians and their carelessness about the lives of the young people they were sending into battle, the resultant failure to provide basic equipment and the deployment of personnel in ways which made no military (or any other sort of) sense.

 

 

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Post Office Sell-Off Scandal

The recent privatisation by the, “Department for Business, Innovation and Skills” of 70% of the Royal Mail proved to be a complete and utter disaster. The UK taxpayer lost £1 Billion on the deal, primarily a result of the share price being set, (by Vince Cable) at the lowest possible permitted level, acting on the advice of Goldman Sachs and UBS.

Privatisation rules contained a clause allowing, (Vince Cable) to increase the initial selling price per share should demand exceed the allocation, maximising the return. Bids for shares exceeded total availability by twenty-four fold but he declined to do so.

Joe Public was also short changed, being allocated only, 8% of the share total. The vast bulk of the allocation, 62% was given over to 21, “Priority Investors” in the believe that they would be in for the long-term. The wide based spread of share ownership would therefore provide stability. This did not happen, shares are now owned by only 6 large consortia.

The first day of the sale ensured a minimum 30% profit on each share. Priority customers, (included Goldman Sachs and UBS) made a killing.

The National Audit Office, (NAO), in a report to Parliament, severely criticised the actions of Mr Cable, querying the involvement of, Goldman Sachs and UBS, providing stock market advice, including recommended selling price per share together with a large allocation of shares.

Resign Mr Cable!!! Not a chance. I see no wrong, said he!!  Yet another example of the disease that is Westminster. Scotland is best out of it. Vote, “Yes” in the next referendum.

A Letter to President Obama

A Letter to President Obama following his ill advised comments about the referendum. Originally appeared in the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

From
duncan forbes

To
Political Barack Obama

Hello Mr President.

I write this correspondence both in anger and disbelief. You allowed yourself to be duped by what has transpired to be a Westminster orchestrated BBC criminal partisan piece of bad journalism. It may even have made you an accessory.

If I or any other Scotsman had dared to suggest that we be allowed to interfere in any U.S. plebiscite, you would be justifiably angered and offended.

If I had suggested that I should be allowed to purchase another country lock stock and barrel for a court accepted £20,000 sterling, to be distributed amongst standing politicians or representatives so as to secure the parliamentary vote in my favour, your country, the community of nations and the U.N. would be up in arms, probably threatening military reprisals and sanctions etc. Well Mr president that’s exactly what Lord Gillingham of Westminster did. He paid the Duke of Queensberry that odious figure and with the rate of exchange that became £240,000 scot’s. Lord Archibald Campbell’s share being £1,100scots and made Lord Chatham all the way down to Lord Banffshire’s derisory £11 and 2 shillings. All of which is illegal under scot’s law and morally wrong under any court in the world.

Our national bard “Robert Burns” nailed it in verse several times “sic a parcel o rogues in a nation” and “chains and slavery”. When you divide the £20,000 sterling into the round figures 4.5million scot’s it equates to two a penny “bought and sold for English gold”. So you as a black man who has fought like your forefathers to be all you can be, striving for equal rights, race laws, equal opportunities, the million man march, a seat on the bus and finally the presidency are backing Westminster. The institution that only made owning another man illegal in the sixties, that is fighting to keep the nation it bought for £20,000 sterling, with the shortest life expectancy in the British isles, the smallest average wage, highest cancer rates, the hardest working race and the greatest contributor per head to their coffers. They cleared millions of us off our land and shipped them to the colonies (sound familiar) and only stopped this when the army needed highland troops that weren’t their. A black man who made the presidency supporting the same principles of suppressing and controlling another race for personal gain? Can you justify this to your electorate? You are going to have to Mr president.

So I ask you, is this what you want to be in bed with? Will your wife and kids respect you more or less for this? How many “Mac’s” on your countries boards? How much corporate sponsorship will you possibly lose? As a black man in power, how could you live with yourself? You have fallen a great distance in my eyes, remember the audit trail and facts as you look in the mirror. As you kiss your wife and kids good night,will they have the same pride in their eyes when they find out? Well will they?

Think about it!

in disgust.

Duncan Forbes

P.S>

I am one of the “one hundred” mentioned on our “declaration of independence” and I defy anyone or anything to tell me to live under Westminster rule.