McArthur calls for urgent action to support energy sector

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called on the UK government to press ahead with new measures to support the North Sea energy sector.

Mr McArthur was commenting after the new boss of the UK's oil and gas body warned that the sector faces a future in which long term oil prices will remain at around $60 a barrel.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“Despite Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum promises of an oil boom it is clear that the oil and gas sector still faces serious challenges. If long-term prices remain at just over half those promised in the SNP independence white paper, all sides will need to work together to support the industry.

“The UK government needs to listen to the concerns of the sector.  At the same time, the Scottish Government needs to work realistically and constructively with UK counterparts in the interests of the sector, rather than pursuing their own political interests. 

“Oil and gas will be a vital part of our energy mix for years to come and the jobs the industry support are hugely important to our economy. What the sector needs from the UK government now is urgent action to deliver on the multi-billion pound support package that Liberal Democrats secured earlier this year.”

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