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Future of oil and gas to be debated in Scottish Parliament

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Homegrown energy supply is a matter of "national security", Kwarteng said.

MSPs will discuss the future of the oil and gas industry tomorrow during a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The debate, brought by the Scottish Conservatives, follows an announcement last week that work on the controversial new Cambo oil field off Shetland was being paused.

Siccar Point Energy, the company behind the development, said Shell’s decision to withdraw its 30% equity meant they could not continue with their timescale to start drilling.

The Scottish Government had earlier called on the UK Government to “reassess” approved oil licences in line with climate commitments.

Environmental groups have long opposed the Cambo oilfield and welcomed news it was on hold.

The Tories’ opposition debate on the future of oil and gas will take place tomorrow afternoon.

Scottish Conservative net-zero spokesman Liam Kerr said: “The corrosive influence of the Greens in parliament is already costing Scottish jobs, and may well have cost us the entire Cambo project.

“The SNP-Green Government’s naive understanding of our energy needs will only force Scotland to import more energy from abroad, costing the public more and increasing emissions.

“The Scottish Conservatives believe that our oil and gas industry has a crucial role to play in our journey to
net-zero.

“The SNP’s decision to abandon the oil and gas industry in Scotland could destroy Scottish livelihoods for no environmental gain whatsoever – and the Scottish Conservatives are determined to hold the Scottish Government to account on this deeply unjust move.”

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