In the final evidence session of its inquiry on Scottish oil and gas, the Scottish Affairs Committee will question Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Claire Perry MP at the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Peel Ports are looking at bringing a oil rig decommissioning site to Hunterston and have recently applied to SEPA for a waste management licence.

The value of oil and gas produced in Scotland in 2017-18 was an estimated £20 billion, but the future of the industry is uncertain due to fluctuating oil prices and a drive towards more environmentally friendly energy sources, in line with global climate change commitments. The Committee’s inquiry has investigated the Governments strategy for maximising economic recovery, calls for further investment through a sector deal, future decommissioning options for Scotland’s oil and gas industry, the potential for carbon capture and storage and opportunities from energy transition.

The Committee will question the Ministers on Government ambition for the future of the industry, covering issues such as financial support for clean growth.

You can watch live footage here at 1pm on Tuesday 

Tuesday 18 December


Committee Room 8

Panel One – Scottish Government

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change

Panel Two – UK Government

Claire Perry MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy