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OGTC helping Aberdeen be ‘world-leading innovator’, UK energy minister says

UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry, picturedv in Aberdeen earlier this year.
Claire Perry visited the Oil and Gas Technology Centre in January.

Aberdeen’s Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is ensuring the north-east is a world-leading innovator in oil and gas, according to the UK’s energy minister.

Claire Perry was responding to Gordon MP Colin Clark, who asked what the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is doing to grow the North Sea sector.

Scottish Conservative Mr Clark told the House that the sector is the largest employer in his constituency.

Ms Perry said:“We are of course increasing R&D spend right across the piece.

“But innovation in the oil and gas sector is driven through the almost £200 million investment in the Oil and Gas Technology Centre – which I have been very pleased to visit –  including £90m from the government.”

Mr Clark welcomed the minister on her first official engagement to the centre last year.

The collaborative facility was funded via the £250m Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Responding to Ms Perry’s statement, Mr Clark said: “The future of the industry in the North Sea is linked to what is coming out of Aberdeen and I welcome the minister’s keen understanding of that.”

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