Tavish asks First Minister to act over Sullom Voe redundancies


Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, asked First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, during this weeks First Minister's Questions to respond to the announcement that Wood Group and Bilfinger Industrial Services were proposing to make 260 workers at Sullom Voe reduntant.

 Tavish Scott asked the First Minister: ''Will she ask Highlands and Islands Enterprise to conduct a full assessment of the impact on the local economy and on local businesses? Will she also agree to meet the office of the oil and gas regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority, which is pressing the case for the Schiehallion oil field to use Sullom Voe oil terminal rather than Rotterdam as is currently intended?''

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, responded: ''I am very happy to discuss with Highlands and Islands Enterprise the specific request that Tavish Scott has made of that body. That is a constructive suggestion.

''John Swinney met the oil and gas regulator recently. If memory serves me correctly, I am due to meet the regulator soon and would be happy to discuss that issue.

''Obviously, we are concerned to learn of the developments at Sullom Voe. It is important to say that this will be an anxious time for the workforce and their families. The Government, as we always do in these situations, stands ready to provide support for affected employees through our partnership action for continuing employment initiative for responding to redundancy situations. 
More widely than that, we are fully committed, through our oil and gas jobs task force, to supporting the industry during challenging times.

''I am sure that John Swinney or Fergus Ewing 
would be happy to meet Tavish Scott to discuss 
those issues in more detail.''


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