Shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead has urged the UK Government to “get its act together” on carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Labour MP said the 11th-hour decision to pull the plug on £1billion to develop the technology had cost Britain its potential “global lead”.
Like many in the north-east, he sees CCS as a possible alternative future for the North Sea.
He added: “There are potentially vast structures in the North Sea which could be of global significance in terms of carbon capture and certainly European significance.
“In the long term we could be in danger of missing out on this because we will have decommissioned the structures that actually can deliver that.
“So the ability of the North Sea to be a future CCS industrial hub needs to be taken very seriously.
“That’s another reason why we have got to be very careful about what we do on decommissioning over the next period.
“The Conservatives have got to get their act together on CCS strategy as soon as possible.”