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Special Event at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 8 p.m., Edinburgh
Black Gold, White Lies: The Truth about North Sea Oil

Professor Patrick Corbett, BG Group Professor of Carbonate Petroleum Geoengineering, Heriot Watt University, Professor Alex Kemp, Professor of Petroleum Economics, University of Aberdeen, Oonagh Werngren, Operations Director, President Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and Oil & Gas UK, Baroness Byrony Worthington, Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change, House of Lords

Sponsorship is provided by Scottish Oil Club (Students).

This event occurred on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 8 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


North Sea oil was a big issue in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. Now the referendum is over, we want to know how much oil is really left in the North Sea and what its value is. Can we find a way to extract it all in a commercially and technologically viable way? Or perhaps we should concentrate our efforts on renewables? Join Dean of Aberdeen Business School Prof Rita Marcella as she hosts a discussion with Aberdeen University’s oil economist Prof Alex Kemp, Oonagh Werngren, Operations Director at Oil and Gas UK, Baroness Worthington, the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in the House of Lords and petroleum geoengineer Prof Patrick Corbett from Heriot-Watt University as they talk about North Sea oil and settle the debate about Scotland’s black gold.


Professor Patrick Corbett, Heriot Watt University

Professor Alex Kemp, University of Aberdeen

Oonagh Werngren, President Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and Oil & Gas UK

Baroness Byrony Worthington, House of Lords

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