a life in oil - from Glasgow to worldwide oil exploration

A life in oil – Tales from a Glasgovian Oilman

Oil has been Cliff Ashton’s life.

The author was born just after World War II in Springburn, Glasgow, and this book includes many humorous accounts of his school days, his apprenticeship with British Rail, his university years, and finally, the initial part of his career in the oil industry.

Joining Shell in its Exploration and Production arm in 1971, he was posted first to The Netherlands, then to The Sultanate of Oman – where he meets his future wife – and back to the Netherlands.

While the author covers some technical aspects in the book, it is written mainly as an entertaining account of a life “in oil” and to inform the general reader about the challenges faced by the oil companies, and, perhaps more importantly, by the men and women who work in the industry. 

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Tales from a Glasgovian Oilman – Book Two

Oil - from Glasgow to oil exploration around the world

In Book One, the author writes of the many humorous incidents in his life, from his school days in Glasgow, his apprenticeship with British Rail, his university years, and finally through the initial part of his career in the oil industry with Shell.

In Book Two, he continues the tale, taking us firstly to Negara Brunei Darussalam in the Far East, then to The Hague, back out east to Sarawak, and finally to London to enjoy a well-earned retirement – or so he thought at the time!

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