The energy sectors in Scotland have had a busy spring and summer lobbying the British government over their vested commercial and/or sectoral interests, according to official records of private meetings obtained by Scottish Energy News.
In June this year, the Weir Group and Wood Mackenzie both met, on separate occasions, with David Mundell, MP, the British government Minister for Scotland.
The junior Scottish Minister, Lord Andrew Dunlop, was even busier, meeting with the tidal-energy giant Altantis Resources plc and Addax Petroleum to discuss the ‘renewable energy sector in Scotland’ after a similar meeting with the Glasgow-based and wind-dominated Scottish Renewables Ltd.
Dunlop also met senior officers in the oil and gas sector – from Proserve and also from Inverness-based GE Oil and Gas.
Additionally, Dunlop also meet with senior management from the UK Green Investment Bank – currently based in Edinburgh, and which is presently being privatised by the UK government.
And special advisors to the Scotland branch Ministers of the British government also met with Edinburgh lobbying firm Charlotte Street Partners, whose clients include Cluff Natural Resources – which has now abandoned plans to develop underground coal-gas plants in the Forth estuary.