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December 20, 2017

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Energy Strategy, Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager, Oil & Gas UK, said:

“We welcome the announcement by Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Strategy Paul Wheelhouse MSP that the UK oil and gas industry will remain the bedrock of Scotland’s future energy system and that building on our industry’s strengths is among the six priorities for the Scottish Energy Strategy’s 2050 vision.

“It’s also good to hear support for investment, innovation and diversification across our sector so we can maximise economic recovery from the North Sea, as well as acknowledgement of the world-class skills that our sector supports.

“In all future scenarios our industry has a role to play as we transition to a lower carbon future.  Oil and gas is forecast to provide more than half the world’s energy needs over at least the next two decades and will continue to be the mainstay of the UK’s energy supply – powering the nation with secure and affordable energy, as well as providing feedstock for many other industrial sectors and the manufacture of everyday products.

“We look forward to working with both the Scottish and UK Governments to ensure that the oil and gas industry continues to thrive.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.