Erik Means on OE 2013 being last before independence

Erik Means, editor-in-chief at industry-renowned newspaper Upstream, talks about why operators will face a tough battle to reduce costs in the midst of a chronic skills shortage. With optimism high at this year's show, he also considers the prospect that Offshore Europe 2013 could be the last before the breakup of the United Kingdom.

Whilst focus has been on helicopter safety in the past two weeks, there are also major safety implications surrounding asset integrity relating to ageing infrastructure in the North Sea and the decommissioning process. Means also believes that shale gas will play a significant role in the UK's energy portfolio in the longer term.

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