Business Group Lobbies for Oil, Gas Hearings in Aberdeen
Tribunal hearings of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) should be based in Aberdeen, which is home to the majority of Europe’s oil and gas operators, according to a letter from the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
The group wrote to Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell and said locating the hearings in Aberdeen would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the oil and gas industry.
“As the oil and gas capital of Europe, both the private and public sector(s) have a role in anchoring the region’s worldwide status, and locating the tribunal team in the city would help support these objectives,” James Bream, the chamber’s research and policy director, said in the letter. “We have been supportive of the creation of the Oil & Gas Authority, and its location in Aberdeen recognizes the city’s role at the center of activity in the UK continental shelf.”
The UK’s newly conservative government established the regulatory agency last year, as part of its pledge to boost the economic recovery of hydrocarbons along the UK continental shelf. The OGA is an independent regulator in the form of a government company charged with asset stewardship and regulation of domestic oil and gas recovery.
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