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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14228: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 30 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of increasing confidence in the industry and the comment by the chief executive of Premier Oil  that "there is a bounce across the sector", what engagement it is having with the oil and gas firms to ensure that they are properly supported in recovery and realising potential.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 27 February 2018

We have always maintained there are significant opportunities remaining in the North Sea, even in the context of a low carbon transition, and that a strong and vibrant domestic offshore oil and gas industry will play an essential role in the future energy system we set out in our recently published Energy Strategy.

As Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, I meet regularly with key operators and supply chain companies in the sector and details of engagement with businesses in the sector are set out in the proactive release of Ministerial meetings . The Scottish Government’s refreshed Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group, which I co-chair, provides another opportunity to have direct engagement with the sector.

However, it is important to note that our Enterprise Agencies, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, continue to work closely with Scottish companies to provide support and advice, and other assistance, to help businesses access international markets, including: the identification of market opportunities; market intelligence and strategy support; identification of business partners and finance options and the facilitation of connections and business relationships. We remain committed to working with the supply chain to be a key driver of competitiveness in the north sea and internationally.