Always Under Pressure A History of North Thames Gas Since 1949

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Always Under Pressure A History of North Thames Gas Since 1949

Malcolm Falkus

220 pages. 232x155mm. Printed on silk art paper with approx 40 illustrations and 60 tables, charts and maps. Casebound with a colour dustjacket.

ISBN : 0-333468198


This book traces the history of North Thames Gas from nationalisation of the gas industry in 1949 until privatisation in 1986. It was a period which saw the industry change out of all recognition from a position in the 1950s where its very survival seemed threatened to its emergence in the 1970s as Britain's foremost energy industry. In this process the Area Boards and Regions played a fundamental part and, in turn, their own role within the industry changed dramatically. North Thames was, and is, a unique Region, its progress and problems coloured both by serving the nation's capital and by the inherited traditions from the great Gas Light & Coke Company. As gas supply changed from coal-to oil-based manufacture and then to natural gas from the North Sea. North Thames was in the forefront of innovation: but it was also in the forefront of public scrutiny, especially during the massive operation to convert every customer to natural gas, when the Board's shortcomings became, for a time, a national issue. With the end of conversion and the acquisition of a new central headquarters in the mid-1970s, the Region has been able to meet such challenges as rising costs, growing competition and economic depression in a vigorous and effective manner which has seen North Thames emerge again as one of Britain's most progressive and efficient Regions. Another well detailed history, which takes the story on from the Gas light & Coke Co volume, this company having become part of the NTG at Nationalisation and , indeed, formed nearly four-fifths of it. The two volumes together thus form a complete history of the supply of gas to the eastern half of London. Published by Macmillan Press in 1988

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