For the first time in history, the price of US oil turned negative in April 2020. While the oil and gas sector has faced downturns before, the collapse of demand during lockdowns in the pandemic may prove to be its biggest challenge yet. The ensuing glut of cheap oil has mired operations in the North Sea too, where as many as 30,000 jobs could be lost.
Signalling his ambition for a sea change in the region’s energy sector, Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently pledged to power every home in the UK with electricity generated by offshore wind farms by 2030. But if the North Sea skyline shifts from rigs to turbines, where does that leave oil and gas workers? What do they think about the emerging green economy and their place within it?