Centrica pays tribute to UK gas pioneer

31 August 2013, News Wires – Centrica said Friday that one of its pioneering exploration engineers who first discovered gas in Morecambe Bay, northwest England, has died. The firm paid tribute to Retired Chief Petrophysicist John Bains, who first discovered gas reserves in Morecambe Bay in 1972.

Centrica said that in spite of his work being initially dismissed by the company that owned the drilling rights over the area, Bain’s tenacity and perseverance led to an exploration well being drilled there in 1974 after British Gas had acquired the rights.

Eleven years later, gas production started from one of the UK’s largest gas fields, which at its peak met 12 percent of the country’s gas supply.

Centrica noted that, today, operations in Morecambe Bay still account for around eight percent of UK Continental Shelf gas supply, producing 500 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Centrica Managing Director Mark Hanafin commented in a company statement: “We would like to pay tribute to John Bains and celebrate his contribution to UK gas exploration and production. John’s determination and expertise uncovered one of the UK’s most important gas fields which has kept millions of homes warm ever since.

“John was hugely respected in his field and revered at Centrica Energy as the father of the Morecambe Bay development.

“At Centrica Energy we pride ourselves on our ‘pioneering’ spirit to extract and process gas from the East Irish Sea and North Sea – John’s vision and perseverance encapsulates this very ethos.”

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