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Ministers quizzed on future of Scotland’s oil and gas industry

14 December 2018

In the final evidence session of its inquiry on Scottish oil and gas, the Scottish Affairs Committee will question Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Claire Perry MP.

Future of the industry uncertain

The value of oil and gas produced in Scotland in 2017-18 was an estimated £20 billion, but the future of the industry is uncertain due to fluctuating oil prices and a drive towards more environmentally friendly energy sources, in line with global climate change commitments.

The Committee’s inquiry has investigated the Government's strategy for maximising economic recovery, calls for further investment through a sector deal, future decommissioning options for Scotland’s oil and gas industry, the potential for carbon capture and storage and opportunities from energy transition.

Purpose of the Session

The Committee will question the Ministers on Government ambition for the future of the industry, covering issues such as financial support for clean growth.

Witnesses

Tuesday 18 December 2018, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 1.00pm

Panel One – Scottish Government

  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
  • Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change

Panel Two – UK Government

  • Claire Perry MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Further information

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