The story of Scotland’s North Sea oil industry – and future – has been featured in a short film premiered by the World Petroleum Council at its recent leaders’ meeting in Brazil.
The film features the leaders of both Aberdeen city & shire councils promoting their areas as a place for continued oil and gas exploration and supply-chain activities – as well as extending into the local universities for cutting-edge technology and innovation.
Key industry figures Sir Ian Wood of Opportunity North East (ONE) and Colette Cohen, Chief Executive of the newly established Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), feature in the film, discussing ambitions, innovation and skills, and what makes the region an industry leader.
Aberdeenshire Council co-leader Councillor Richard Thomson and Aberdeen Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing further discuss the business benefits offered by the region, investment plans and its international footprint and influence.
The film will also be screened at all WPC events in the year ahead, including the Triennial World Petroleum Congress, Istanbul 2017, the WPC annual meeting in December 2016 and at the Kazakhstan World Expo in June 2017.
North East MSP Alexander Burnett, the Shadow Scottish Energy spokesman in Holyrood for the Conservative party, commented: “Aberdeen-based oil and gas companies have long operated on a global scale, exporting technology and expertise around the world.
“This film is a great way to showcase the strength of the industry here in the North East and will send a positive message about the opportunities for future growth.
“While the focus at the moment remains on maximising recovery from the UK Continental Shelf, those international markets will become even more important in the years to come.”