Commenting on the news that the Norwegian multinational oil firm Statoil has selected Aberdeen for its new UK North Sea head office, creating 700 new jobs, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said:
This is excellent news for Scotland’s economy and a great jobs boost for Aberdeen. It reflects the city’s status as a global oil and gas hub and shows that for multinational companies like Statoil the expertise and skills available in the North East are an invaluable resource in themselves.
This Government is committed to working with companies like Statoil and others in the sector to maximise production from the UK continental shelf over the coming decades. The introduction of field allowances and certainty over tax relief on decommissioning costs together with the package announced during this year’s Budget and our commitment to implement the Wood Review in its entirety reflects this.
These are measures which are bringing economic benefits and jobs to the North East and beyond now, as today’s news and these recent project announcements by Maersk Oil and BG Group confirm.