North Sea supply challenge

By Mike O'Driscoll
Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Supplying the oilfield market is not for the faint-hearted, with the need to have 24/7 ability to cope with sudden changes in delivery schedules or requirements.

For many, the North Sea represents a rather grey, cold, and turbulent expanse of water separating the UK from north-east Europe.

However, for suppliers of bentonite, barytes, and certain other minerals, the North Sea represents a primary market centre - drilling materials for oil and gas exploration.

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