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25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster: Prime Minister’s letter

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, the PM has written to Malcolm Webb, the Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Dear Malcolm,

The 25th Anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster is a fitting moment to mark the skill, bravery and dedicated professionalism of all those who work offshore.

The oil and gas industry is one of the UK’s greatest industrial success stories. The sector has made – and will continue to make – a significant contribution to our country’s economic prosperity.

Conditions in the North Sea are some of the harshest anywhere in the world. The work to provide the fuels we all rely on is a triumph of technical ingenuity and committed human endeavour.

In this testing environment the highest safety standards are paramount. I know how tirelessly the industry works to prevent incidents like Piper Alpha from ever happening again.

Over the last 25 years the North Sea has embraced continuous improvement in health and safety – an appropriate lasting memorial to those who suffered so terribly a quarter of a century ago.

We will never forget the 167 who lost their lives on 6th July 1988. And my thoughts as Aberdeen remembers its loss are with their families and loved ones, the survivors and all those involved on that tragic night.


David Cameron
Prime Minister

Published 5 July 2013