Boris Johnson has “assured” MPs that the UK Government is working on a sector deal for the crisis-hit oil and gas industry.
At Prime Ministers Questions, Mr Johnson was asked by West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie for a progress update on support for the sector.
Mr Bowie asked the Prime Minister to bring forward the sector deal “as soon as possible” and urged him to commit the UK Government to investing an energy “transition park” in Aberdeen to secure future jobs.
Mr Johnson said: “I can assure him that the right honourable colleague, the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Clean Growth is actively engaged right now in pursuing this with the sector trade association”.
Last month Oil and Gas UK predicted 30,000 jobs could be cut in the next year-and-a-half and set out a three-stage plan for industry support.
Industry leaders and union bosses have both highlighted the need for any industry support to put the energy transition at its heart, with some suggesting investment should go towards an “Energy Transition Zone” in the south of Aberdeen, proposed by Sir Ian Wood.