Summary

Collaborative working to transform the sector.


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  • The Oil and Gas Technology Centre is working to deploy new technology to transform the sector
  • Enhancing Scotland’s decommissioning capability through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund
  • Supporting a Scottish location for a deep water port for decommissioning
  • Supporting Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS)

Scotland has been at the heart of the global oil and gas industry for decades, and remains a significant part of Scotland’s economy, worth an estimated £13.3 billion in 2017 and supporting an estimated 109,000 Scottish jobs, many of which are highly skilled.

The sector has faced a challenging few years but industry reports are now showing a growth in investment with a further 5% increase forecast for production in 2018. We are also seeing an upturn in industry confidence. The North Sea still holds significant potential with up to 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent remaining, which could sustain product for the next 20 years.

Oil and Gas Technology Centre

We established the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in October 2016 with £180 million funding as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal and are working in collaboration with other sectors to deploy new technology that could transform the sector.

Investment, innovation and diversification

We are building on these strengths by supporting investment, innovation and diversification across the sector. This includes working with industry on developing subsea-engineering, decommissioning, and carbon capture and storage. Decommissioning of oil and gas assets in the UK Continental Shelf could be worth around £60 billion over the coming decades, with a forecast spend of nearly £17 billion in the next 8 years alone, representing a huge opportunity for Scottish supply chain companies. We are enhancing Scotland’s decommissioning capability through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund, which has been extended with a further £5 million available in 2018/19 to the Scottish supply chain (in addition to the £4.8m awarded in 2017). We have also committed to investing in a deep water port capable of handling the largest structures for decommissioning and Dales Voe in Shetland has been identified as the optimal location for this facility.

Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage

We support Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) as an important decarbonisation infrastructure and industrial opportunity for Scotland. Scotland remains the best-placed country in Europe to realise CCUS on a commercial scale.

Key resources:

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Scottish Government: Oil and Gas

Scottish Government: Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF)