Opinion: Decommissioning is a key focus of the SNP


Ensuring Scottish companies are given support from government to win contracts to decommission major oil and gas assets is an industry priority of the SNP, and a key focus of ours when we address what the sector needs now and in the near future.

North Sea

SNP: When the industry needed the broad shoulders of the UK, they shrugged


The other day on the doorstep, I got into a conversation with a man who was facing redundancy in the oil and gas sector, we discussed the work being done by the Energy Jobs Taskforce, set up by the Scottish Government, and he said he was pleased to see support coming to the North East via the extended investment in the City Region Deal, and support for individuals to retrain.

Oil & Gas

David Cameron: Low oil price has led to “collapse” of SNP policy


The low oil price has led to a “complete and utter collapse” of the SNP’s policy, the Prime Minister has claimed. David Cameron told MPs in the Commons that a low oil price “basically is good for the British economy” but they needed to look at helping the oil and gas industry.

Other News

Ineos senior exec ‘not too concerned’ about fracking motion


A senior executive of fracking company Ineos has said he is “not too concerned” about a motion at the SNP conference that could result in a further clampdown on the controversial practice. Party members meeting in Aberdeen will today be asked to back a move that would place tighter restrictions on the party’s moratorium on shale gas extraction. The Scottish Government has already halted any fracking until 2017.

Other News

SNP claim Labour ‘sat on their hands’ over oil jobs


Callum McCaig has branded the Labour Party “shameful” amid claims the SNP failed to act to protect North Sea oil and gas jobs. The Aberdeen South MP told a packed conference hall he would have “appreciated some help” from other MPs in his efforts to protect the “vital industry”. Mr McCaig was responding to comments from Kezia Dugdale reported in Energy Voice's sister publication the Press and Journal.