Scottish Supply Chain Exports Jump 22%
Exports by Scotland's oil and gas supply chain firms shot up by 22 percent between 2012 and 2013 to $16.9 billion, according to data compiled by Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI) and released Monday.
North America remains the main region for exports by the Scottish supply chain, with sales there up by one-third to $6.1 billion. Meanwhile, Africa is a catching up fast with sales doubling between 2012 and 2013 to $3.9 billion.
In terms of individual countries, the United States remained the main international market for Scotland's oil and gas industry, while Angola and Norway have become the second and third largest markets for the sector.
The United States is set to continue to be a key country over next five years, alongside Angola, Norway, Nigeria, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. From a regional point of view, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific are forecast to provide the most opportunities.
The data compiled by Scottish Enterprise/SDI found that contractors that operated mainly in the "wells" subsector were most likely to export, with 30 percent of the oil and gas revenue being generated from export sales in this area in 2013. The marine and subsea subsector saw approximately 20 percent of its oil and gas revenue generated by exports.
Speaking to Rigzone at the Offshore Technology Conference 2014 in Houston, Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing explained his country's success in oilfield services by saying:
"Why is Scotland doing so well? Because we have spent 40 years doing it. Therefore, we have built up a capacity of people and companies that are able to provide the market with what it needs.
"There's also another factor. You've probably seen some of the SMEs [small-to-medium-sized enterprises] on the Scotland stand. These are often set up by people who have been in the industry, working for the majors, the NOCs or the supplier companies for 20-to-30 years.
"Maybe they've made enough money and they think 'Well, I have an idea. I'm going to set up a small business. I know how to do well control. I know how to do subsea. I have a particular device. I've got a particular process that I think can be the best in the world.' And, actually, a lot of these guys ten years ago did exactly that.
"So they have set up a whole army of new SMEs that have got little niches in the market and, collectively, they are contributing to that growth of GBP 2 billion [$3.4 billion]."
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