A special ‘crisis’ session of the Scottish Cabinet will be held today (26 Jan 2016) to examine what further actions can be taken to support the oil and gas industry and the individuals that work in the sector.
The session will be attended by Lena Wilson, the part-time chief executive of Scottish Enterprise and the chairman of the Energy Jobs Task Force after the Scottish Energy Minister told Holyrood MPs in last week’s Scottish parliament debate that the industry is ‘facing the most severe crisis it has ever known’.
Cabinet will discuss what the task force has already accomplished and what more can be done to assist the oil and gas industry at this challenging time.
Ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We will discuss what action is required, now and in the longer term, to maximise economic recovery from the North Sea. The Scottish Government will do all it can to support the industry and the workforce at this time.
“There is a long-term future in the North Sea, but only if the right action is taken.
“I wrote to the Prime Minister last week urging him to agree accelerating the conclusion of a city deal for Aberdeen, funded jointly by the UK and Scottish governments, so that we can help Grampian local authorities to invest in the infrastructure that Europe’s Oil Capital needs.
“While the power for essential change to the taxation regime remains with the UK Government the Scottish Government continues to stand alongside Scotland’s oil and gas industry, doing all that we can to improve collaboration, cooperation and innovation – creating a more competitive sector as well as further developing its status as a global centre of oil and gas expertise.”