Salmond leads Scots Oil & Gas trade mission to China

Alex Salmond, First Minister
Alex Salmond, First Minister

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond will lead a five-day trade mission to China next month, undertaking a series of business and government meetings that will take Scottish firms to the heart of the world’s second largest economy.

He will head delegations demonstrating Scotland’s expertise, innovation and excellence in the oil and gas and construction sectors. Key representatives from both industries will be present at showcases, business meetings and government talks in Peking and Hong Kong.

The trade delegation will involve representatives from the oil and gas and construction sectors, from which confirmed participants include:

  • Adrok Group
  • Addax Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Aggreko Group
  • AMEC
  • Energy Services International
  • LFH Engineering,
  • Nautronix
  • The Oil & Gas Academy of Scotland (OGAS)
  • Petrofac
  • Safehouse Habitats
  • Unmanned Production Buoy Ltd
  • Aberdeen University and Universities Scotland.

Professor Albert Rodger, Vice Principal, University of Aberdeen and a member of the Oil & Gas Industry Leadership Group, added: “For almost 40 years, Scotland has been a global hub for the oil and gas industry. The sector in Scotland has distinctive characteristics including a global supply chain, a reputation for world leading innovation and technological developments central to increasing recovery levels, and an environment underpinned by continued research & developments from world class academic institutions.”

Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, said: “China has repeatedly identified foreign collaboration as vital to its ambition to develop a high value, knowledge based economy. Scotland’s strengths, for example in oil and gas, construction and food and drink, fit well with China’s priorities. Partnership with innovative Scottish firms can offer real advantages to China, which in turn drives growth in our own economy. That’s why we are supporting more than 30 Scottish companies on this visit, giving them direct access to leading Chinese organisations, helping to strengthen existing relationships at the highest levels and delivering business deals for Scotland.”

Karyn Watt, Head of Infrastructure, Anderson Strathern LLP and Group Leader and International Chair of Construction Scotland said: “There is great work being done by the construction sector in Scotland in creating innovative manufacturing processes and energy-saving designs and the sector plays a key role in promoting sustainable economic growth through employment, building sustainable, safe and flourishing communities and a sustainable environment.”

Salmond will leave Scotland on Saturday 2 November – his fourth official trip to China as First Minister of Scotland.

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