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Pioneering gas engineer from Amersham dies
AN ENGINEER from Amersham who helped discover one of Britain's largest gas fields has died.
John Bains helped revolutionise the country's oil and gas industries after discovering huge natural gas reserves in Morecambe Bay in the 1970s.
Such was the Amersham resident's impact on the project - which supplies 500million cubic feet of natural gas each day - a gas field in the bay off the coast of Lancashire was named in his honour.
Mr Bains' funeral is to take place in Amersham later today.
At its peak the Morecambe Bay gas fields, which are now owned by Centrica Energy, provided 12 per cent of the UK's supply.
Mark Hanafin, Centrica Energy’s Managing Director, said: "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."
Industry expert Graham Dean added: "Without the work of John Bains and others the UK oil and gas industry would be very different and the UK would be poorer."