Next months UK Budget (16th March) must help the long term future of the oil ad gas industry in the North Sea says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. Speaking as he toured the new £800 million Shetland Gas Plant at Sullom Voe he said:
"Total's investment in the Laggan Tormore gas fields west of Shetland is a commitment to the future. Total will employ people in Shetland for many years to come. Oil and gas matters to the local economy. So it is essential that the long term future of exploration and recovery of oil and gas is helped by next months UK Budget."
Tavish Scott visited the gas plant with Elizabeth Proust, the Managing Director of Total's operations west of Shetland and the North Sea. The oil and gas sector is thought to have lost 65,000 jobs in recent months due to the downturn in crude oil prices. Many oil rigs in the North Sea are thought to being considered for decommissioning. Tavish added,
"Laggan Tormore has cost £3.5 billion. That is the biggest civil engineering contract anywhere in the UK and dwarfs the new Forth Road bridge. So Total deserve credit for making this investment. The wider Shetland economy also benefits through the businesses and companies that support the oil and gas industry. I want to learn from Total today how much more Shetland businesses can do in winning contracts that support this long term project based at Sullom Voe."