The Blog’s Chief Gas Correspondent, Ed Cox of ICIS Heren, has been fraternising with the aristocracy and pondering sartorial issues. He writes:
One thing about working in the
With the election looming the government is desperate to be seen promoting British industry so Labour was always going to jump on the back of news that one of the biggest offshore gas developments in years had been agreed. Mandelson and the Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy wanted to shake the hands of
So, I set off for
I was expecting a large scale event. The government also wanted to announce that steel maker Corus had won the tender to build the pipes to carry the gas. Indeed the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – it’s had many different faces over the years – was heaving and just what you would hope for from such a buidiing. Smart lifts, smart desks, trendy technology everywhere. Me in jeans of course.
The view was fantastic too, right over
At least the Total guys were rather more forthcoming. It is a huge project and fair play to them for getting involved in one of the toughest, most complicated bits of infrastructure anywhere. And when it comes to British industry it’s great to know a French company can cooperate with a small island that doesn’t much like