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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13846: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of onshore (a) decommissioning and (b) recycling work in the offshore oil and gas industry will be carried out in Scotland in each of the next seven years.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 January 2018

Onshore decommissioning at Scottish Ports is undertaken in line with the principals of a circular economy, which promotes reuse of material over recycling and disposal where possible. Where reuse of material is not possible, only then are materials recycled.

The Scottish supply chain is already securing a significant amount of work, all while meeting stringent safety and environmental standards. We would expect this success to continue to grow in each of the next seven years, not least as a result of the successful development of projects we are supporting through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund and through our Programme for Government commitment to support further port activity that will widen the range of decommissioning that can take place in Scotland and to firmly establish Scotland as the centre for excellence in the North Sea.

Clearly, given that the location of end of life decommissioning is a commercial decision for operators it is not possible to predict how much of this will be secured by businesses in Scotland, but we will work with the supply chain and those operating key ports and harbours to evaluate the opportunities and ensure the best chance for Scottish Suppliers to win the work.