OEUK Chief Meets with Shadow Chancellor to voice Oil and Gas Job Concerns

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As the SNP Scottish Government shows some signs of backtracking on its passionate anti oil and gas stance, pressure is being put on Labour to think again about its plans to hit the industry with a crippling windfall tax. At the forefront of the fight to save jobs is Offshore Energies UK. Its Chief Executive David Whitehouse met Rt Hon Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and her team this week to his share members’ concern over the impact of Labour’s latest plans for the future of the UK’s offshore energy sector.

OEUK is a leading trade body for the UK’s offshore energies industry. Its membership includes over 400 organisations with an interest in offshore oil, gas, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and offshore wind. 

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OEUK CEO David Whitehouse said:

“We were pleased that the Shadow Chancellor is taking seriously this dialogue and is leaving the door open for future discussions.

“Over the last few days, we’ve heard our members reaction to the implications of this policy for jobs and future investment. What we also heard was a recognition that a successful homegrown energy transition has the biggest potential to deliver the economic growth the country needs.

“If we get this right, with an attractive investment environment, UK offshore energy companies could invest £200bn in homegrown energy this decade alone. That’s investment in the oil and gas we need, and the offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon storage we need to get to net zero.

“We are committed to constructive dialogue with all parties. There is a path forward.”

The meeting came in the same week as the leading trade organisation held emergency talks with its membership which comprises more than 400 UK-wide offshore operators and energy supply chain companies.

Talks focused on the need to maintain current and future investments across the UK’s oil, gas, wind, carbon capture and hydrogen projects.

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