Aberdeen university oil professor urges industry: Be prepared for Brexit

A group which encourages engineering as a career choice among young people is to partner with Robert Gordon University (RGU) to consider the post-Brexit future of the oil and gas sector.

Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland and RGU will collaborate to deliver a seminar giving an insight into the outlook for the North Sea industry.

The keynote speech will be given later this month by Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, highlighting what might lie ahead on British independence from the EU-bloc. The presentation will cover:

  • The UK Oil and Gas Industry’s relationship with Europe pre-Brexit
  • Possible changes in the way the industry will operate post Brexit
  • Benefits the UK Industry stands to lose from leaving the EU
  • New opportunities an energy industry outside Europe presents
  • Risk that operators may reduce investment in the UK as a result
  • Advice to aspiring professionals looking to get into the energy industry

AFBE-UK Scotland is a not-for-profit organisation run by professionals who give up their free time to provide students and graduates with the tools required to be successful in engineering.

Dr Ollie Folayan, chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be working together with RGU to deliver this important seminar.

“Brexit is an issue which is causing uncertainty across all business sectors in the UK, including that of North Sea oil and gas and it’s crucial that we are prepared for what the outcomes of breakaway negotiations mean for the industry.

“It’s also vital that young people are aware of what’s going on and that we provide them with all the necessary skills, knowledge and advice to ensure that they do not become discouraged from choosing a career in engineering, or in the oil and gas sector.

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