This volume was conceived when one of us (JG) returned to the UK in mid-1996. Having not worked the UK offshore since the late 1980s it was clear that there had been many changes, not least in the number of fields on production. During that first year back in the UK, JG’s copy of Abbots (1991)UKOiland Gas Fields, 25 Years Commemorative Volume became exceedingly well used. A casual comment to Wendy Cawthorne of the Geological Society library to this effect solicited the response that JG was not alone in finding Abbots (1991) useful. Memoir 14 was the Geological Society’s ‘best seller’. However, although Abbots (1991) continues to sell well, it was by 1996 out of date insofar as it contains papers describing only about half of the fields then on production.
A combination of egotistical zeal, wishing for a bestseller and altruism towards the UK industry led us to make an offer to the Geological Society to revise Memoir 14. The offer was accepted and by April 1998, editors had been appointed and letters of invitation to contribute to the memoir were sent to exploration managers in all the UK operating companies. The responses to those letters were for the most part positive. A request was made to authors for manuscripts to be sent to the editors by June 1999. The first to arrive was six months ahead of schedule (thanks A. Yaliz & N. McKim for their paper on the Douglas Field). However, neither the editors, nor we suspect