December 14, 2020

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal.

Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE said:

“We welcome the publication of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy White Paper, in which the government recognises the positive contribution our industry can make in the transition to net-zero, both now and in the future. It sets out ambitious and challenging expectations of the UK offshore oil and gas industry, and we are committed to continue working collaboratively with governments and regulators as we deliver these.

“Today’s report not only highlights the critical role our industry plays in maintaining energy security in the UK, but also commits again to a transformational North Sea Transition Deal, which will be a key lever to moving the sector at pace towards a low-carbon future.

“It’s encouraging to see that today’s report also recognises the value of the UK oil and gas industry workforce, especially after such a challenging year. We know that if we are to unlock the challenge of net-zero, the talent, expertise and skills found within our workforce will be vital.

“As an industry, we remain committed to delivering our net-zero goals, as detailed in our Roadmap 2035. We will continue to work with the Government at pace to secure this vital sector deal in the first half of 2021, safeguarding jobs and supporting our energy communities in the journey to net-zero.”