The operators of the Sullom Voe oil terminal must maintain environmental standards says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. In a Holyrood parliamentary debate Tavish noted that EnQuest plan to save £50 million per year at SVT. Tavish argues that those savings must not compromise the environmental standards that Shetland, and particularly its £300 million seafood industry, depend upon.
Speaking in the Tuesday debate on the just transition to a carbon neutral economy, Tavish also reminded Parliament that the industry supports up to 350 jobs directly in Shetland with hundreds more in the supply chain. He urged a “sense of realism” on the future of the oil and gas industry that recognises that even with aggressive measures to reduce carbon emissions from transport, the UK will still have a greater demand for oil than the entire UK industry will produce.
Commenting after the debate, Tavish said:
“The oil and gas industry remains a key component of Shetland’s economy. The anti-pollution measures and environmental standards at the Terminal, the port of Sullom Voe and offshore are essential parts of protecting the pristine environment from any potential damage. This must not be compromised.
“In recognising the challenges faced by Government, business and individuals to tackle climate change, we must not lose sight of the thousands of highly skilled jobs in Scotland depend on the oil and gas. I believe that Government and Parliament can find a way forward which allows a sensible transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”