ECC PN7 10-03-09

Energy and Climate Change Committee
Committee announcement 7

10 March 2009

Committee to visit Aberdeen as part of its inquiry into UK offshore oil and gas, Thursday 19th March 2009

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will visit Aberdeen on Thursday 19th March as part of its inquiry into UK Offshore Oil and Gas. It will hold its second formal evidence session during the morning and will undertake various informal meetings and visits during the rest of the day.

The Committee will hold a private briefing meeting with members of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), an independent body which seeks to strengthen Scotland's competitiveness and economic prosperity.

The Committee will take oral evidence in public at 10.10 am in the Council Chamber, Aberdeen Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen. The witnesses for this session are:

10.10: Professor Alexander Kemp, University of Aberdeen
11.00: Oil & Gas UK:
Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive Officer
Paul Dymond, Operations Director

(Members of the public are free to attend this evidence session, though places may be limited.)

During the afternoon, the Committee will visit Subsea UK in Bridge of Don. Subsea UK has over 200 member companies and represents the British subsea industry, covering operators, contractors, suppliers and others working in the industry.

The Committee will also visit Oldmachar Academy in Bridge of Don. Oldmachar Academy is an award-winning eco-friendly school, with a 'park and stride' scheme. The Committee will discuss energy and climate change issues with pupils and hear about the school's eco-friendly activities.

For information on press interviews and photo opportunities, please contact Laura Kibby on 020 7219 0718, or email

The issues which are being examined in this inquiry include:

€ How can the UK's remaining offshore oil and gas reserves be exploited most effectively? What barriers are there to exploiting such reserves? What steps need to be taken to unlock resources west of Shetland?
€ What can be done to minimise the environmental impact of exploiting the reserves? How should this be encouraged and/or financed?
€ How effective is the current fiscal and regulatory regime in which the industry operates?
€ What effect is the recession and the credit crunch having on the industry? What is the impact on the financing of exploration and development?
€ How are the skills needs of the sector being met? How transferable are those skills?
€ What are the implications of an ageing existing infrastructure on the security of supplies from the North Sea?
€ Is the right policy framework in place to manage the decommissioning of that infrastructure as resources are depleted?


1. Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Elliot Morley MP, Labour, Scunthorpe (Chairman)
Mr David Anderson MP, Labour, Blaydon
Colin Challen MP, Labour, Morley and Rothwell
Mrs Nadine Dorries MP, Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire
Charles Hendry MP, Conservative, Wealden
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP, Conservative, Bromsgrove
Anne Main MP, Conservative, St. Albans
Judy Mallaber MP, Labour, Amber Valley
John Robertson MP, Labour, Glasgow North West
Sir Robert Smith MP, Liberal Democrats, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Paddy Tipping MP, Labour, Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP, Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Mr Mike Weir MP, Scottish National Party, Angus
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour, Southampton Test

2. More information can be found on the Committee website at:

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