UK Government Support Package Needed for Scolty/Crathes Job Creation

A UK government support package is required to achieve the job generation potential from the start-up of the Scolty/Crathes development in the North Sea, according to Aberdeen MSP [member of Scottish parliament] Kevin Stewart.

“I’m delighted that we’ve seen the first oil from this field, showing that North Sea has a bright future ahead with great potential to create jobs in the North East, but the industry expects a serious package of support from the Chancellor this week to make this possible,” Stewart said in a statement sent to Rigzone, referring to the Autumn statement which is scheduled to take place Wednesday.
 
“Exploration and development are integral to the growth of the sector and further incentives would boost investor confidence and encourage them to bring their business to the North Sea. Thousands of jobs depend on oil and gas thriving in a competitive global marketplace, and the UK government needs to use this Autumn statement to demonstrate its commitment – anything less would be a betrayal of the North East,” he added.

Independent energy firm EnQuest announced Monday that it had achieved first oil from the Scolty/Crathes development, located in the central North Sea. Scolty and Crathes are two light oil accumulations situated approximately 100 miles northeast of Aberdeen. The fields are estimated to contain up to 15 million barrels of gross oil technical reserves.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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