A rise in oil production from the UKCS has helped to increase overall industrial production, according to new figures.
According to the Financial Times, the oil industry helped to push total industrial production 0.1% higher in the month of October, compared with September.
Despite the decline in global oil price – which most recently fell to a seven-year low – the oil industry has seen an overall increase in oil and gas extraction of 12.5%.
Meanwhile manufacturing output fell 0.4% in October, according to the Office for National Statistics.
According to reports, the ONS pointed to anecdotal evidence which suggested the increase in North Sea output came from companies bringing production facilities back on stream after maintenance last year.