UK shale sector faces skills and equipment crisis
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February 19, 2014

David Cameron’s drive to create a multi-billion pound shale gas industry could be scuppered by an acute shortage of equipment and trained workers.

A major new survey also suggests that the UK government’s push for the controversial method of energy extraction will increase competition for qualified staff and, as a consequence, put pressure on staffing levels across the oil and gas industry.

The Prime Minister recently told opponents of fracking for shale gas to “get on board” as he unveiled funding to promote the use of the process, despite warnings from green groups and community activists against its expansion.

Cameron said last month that shale gas – which has been successfully exploited in other countries, including the US – had the potential to bring 74,000 jobs, more than £3 billion (US$4.9 billion) of investment and give the UK “cheaper energy for the future, and increase our energy security”.