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S5W-18808: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assure Dundeecom, which was established to create a new decommissioning industry in the city, that it is actively promoting the city as a UK oil and gas decommissioning hub.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 25 September 2018

The Scottish Government continues to provide ongoing support for organisations in Dundee and the wider region to seek market opportunities to benefit from oil and gas decommissioning.

We have provided support and grant funding to decommissioning projects in the Tay area through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF). For example, a grant of £582,010 was paid to Oilfield Machinery Limited for the refurbishment of a permanent heavy lift quayside crane at Dundee Port which will enhance Dundee’s position as a cost effective location for decommissioning. Dundeecom promotes the importance of nearby ports to its business model and through the DCF the Scottish Government has also made grant offers of £56,750 to Montrose Port Authority for infrastructure to support a new heavy lift pad, £60,597 to Fife Council for feasibility work relating to a decommissioning facility at Methill and £45,000 to the James Hutton Institute for research into chemical waste streams to inform the sector.

The DCF is currently open for a further round of funding and we have provided information to a number of prospective applicants from the Dundee area.