Books & Articles

This reading list is intended as a guide to some further resources about the North Sea oil and gas industry in general. Those publications asterisked are available in the University of Aberdeen’s Sir Duncan Rice Library or the Special Collections reference library. Please click here to search the library catalogue.


  • Kemp, Alexander, 'The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas' (Vol. I: The Growing Dominance of the State and Vol, II: Moderating the State's Role) 2012 * 
  • Alvarez, Alfred, 'Offshore: a North Sea journey', 1986 *
  • Cresswell, J & S. Gibb, ‘Black Gold and the Silver City, The Oil Revolution in Aberdeen and the North of Scotland, 1965-2000’, 2000 *
  • Harvie, Christopher, 'Fool's Gold: The Story of North Sea Oil', 1994 * 
  • Joshi, R. & Samstag, T., ‘North Sea Saga: The Oil Age in Norway’, 2006 *
  • Mackie, Bill, ‘The Oilmen: the North Sea Tigers’, 2004 *
  • Mackie, Bill, ‘Klondykers: the Oilmen Onshore’, 2006
  • Smith, Norman J., 'The Sea of Lost Opportunity: North Sea Oil and Gas, British Industry and the Offshore Supplies Office', 2011 *
  • Staerck, Gillian (ed). 'The Development of North Sea Oil and Gas' Institute of Contemporary British History Witness Seminar Programme, 1999
  • Taylor, Sue Jane, ‘Oilwork: North Sea Diaries’, 2005 *

Economics & Politics

  • Noreng, Øystein, ‘The oil industry and government strategy in the North Sea’, 1980 * 
  • Hahn-Pedersen, M., ‘A. P. Møller and the Danish Oil’, 1999
  • Gray, A.W. & Kemp, A.G., ‘An economic analysis of petroleum exploitation terms in Ireland, the UK, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands’, 1988 *
  • Boschat, J.R., ‘Construction under way on first of Frigg Field subsea gas lines', Pipe Line Industry, pp25-27, July 1975 *
  • Bourne W., C. Gimingham, N. Morgan & R. Britton, ‘The Loch of Strathbeg', Nature, Vol 242 No 5393, pp 93-95, March 1973 *

Corporate Histories


  • Bamberg, James, ‘The History of British Petroleum - Volume 2: The Anglo-Iranian Years, 1928 – 1954’, 1994
  • Bamberg, James, ‘British Petroleum and Global Oil, 1950-1975 : The Challenge of Nationalism: Challenge of Nationalism v. 3 (History of British Petroleum)’, 2000
  • Ferrier R.W., ‘The History of British Petroleum - Volume 1: The Developing Years, 1901-1932’, 1982 *
  • Longhurst, Henry, ‘Adventure in Oil, The Story of British Petroleum’, 1959 *
  • Pratt, Joseph, ‘Prelude to Merger: A History of Amoco Corporation, 1973-1998’, 2000
  • Richie, Berry, ‘Portrait in Oil, An Illustrated History of BP’, 1995 

Brown & Root

  • Pratt, J.A., Y. Priest & C. J. Castaneda, ‘Offshore Pioneers, Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas’, 1997

Burmah Oil Company

  • Corley, T. A. B., ‘A History of the Burmah Oil Company, Volume 1, 1886-1924’, 1983 *
  • Corley, T. A. B., ‘A History of the Burmah Oil Company, Volume 2, 1924-1966’, 1988


  • ChevronTexaco, ‘Our 125 Years: A celebration of people, partnership and performance 1879–2004’, CVX The Global Chevron Texaco magazine Vol 3 No 3, Third Quarter 2004 *


  • Banham, U.. ‘CONOCO, 125 Years of Energy’, 2000
  • WertzW. C. (ed.), ‘Phillips – The First 66 Years, 66th Anniversary 1917-1983’, 1983

Craig Group

  • Cresswell, J., ‘Time & Tide, The Story of the Craig Group 70 Years of Excellence 1933-2003’, 2003


  • Davis, R., W. Hale & M. Long, One Hundred Twenty-Five Years of History: ExxonMobil, 2007


  • Howarth, S., ‘A Century in Oil, The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company 1897-1997’, 1997 *
  • Howarth, S., J. Jonker, K. Sluyterman, & J. L. van Zanden, ‘A History of Royal Dutch’, 2007 

Standard Oil Company

  • Dedmon, Emmett, ‘Challenge and Response, A Modern History of Standard Oil Company (Indiana)’, 1984
  • Giddens, Paul H., ‘Standard Oil Company (Indiana), Oil Pioneer of the Middle West’, 1955 *


  • Lerøen, B. V., ‘Drops of Black Gold, Statoil 1972-2002’, 2002 *


  • Roche, Francois (translated: Eileen Powis), ‘Total Fina Elf - the French Major’, 2004

Piper Alpha

  • Piper Alpha public enquiry, 19 January 1989 - 15 February 1990 (transcripts of evidence heard at the enquiry, 180 volumes) * [Held in the OP Filing Cabinet, Taylor Library, University of Aberdeen, shelfmark OP 342.52 Cul]
  • Piper Alpha public inquiry: submissions of the Counsel to the inquiry. * [Held in the OP Filing Cabinet, Taylor Library, University of Aberdeen, shelfmark OP 342.52 Cul]
  • Piper Alpha inquiry : submissions on behalf of Score (UK) Limited. * [Held in the OP Filing Cabinet, Taylor Library, University of Aberdeen, shelfmark OP 342.52 Cul]

Theses held at the University of Aberdeen

  • Hallwood, C. P., ‘A transaction cost approach to contracting in two industries: offshore oil supply and primary copper’, 1988
  • Mackie, W. ‘The Impact of North Sea oil on the North East of Scotland, 1969-2000’, 2001
  • Pike, W., ‘The Impact of North Sea Oil on the Scottish Economy’, 1993
  • Smith, N.J., ‘The Offshore Supplies Office and The British Industrial Response to the Development of North Sea Oil and Gas 1963-1993’, 2008