The leading representative body for the UK offshore energy industry today joined SNP leadership candidate Humza Yousaf on a visit to Aberdeen.
During the visit, Mr Yousaf met with OEUK member Wartsila, a manufacturing and servicing company for the energy sector, alongside OEUK’s External Relations Director Jenny Stanning.
Following the meeting, OEUK welcomed the engagement and restated the offer to all candidates as well as Scotland’s political parties to come and meet with the companies driving Scotland’s offshore energy ambitions.
Jenny Stanning, OEUK External Relations Director:
“It is great to have engagement with politicians of all parties on Scotland’s energy future, including all candidates looking to be the next SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister.
“We’re pleased Humza Yousaf recognised the need to rapidly scale up renewable electricity, strengthen Scotland’s energy security, and ensure we support our brilliant skilled workforce to reap the benefits of an expanding and competitive offshore energy sector.
“As we build that future there is no simple choice between oil and gas or renewables. The reality is that to keep the lights on and grow our economy, we need both.
“By the mid 2030s, oil and gas will still provide for 50% of our energy needs. This is why the Scottish Government’s final energy strategy must acknowledge the continuing role of oil and gas in Scotland’s economy and encourage investment in the homegrown production needed to avoid costlier, less secure, and higher carbon imports. This will support the infrastructure we need to make cleaner, more affordable energy in Scotland in a way that retains the economic contribution, jobs and expertise here.”