Oil and gas

With decades of experience in oil and gas and abundant renewable energy resources, Scotland is the natural supply chain partner for your energy project.

96% of UK crude oil and NGL production

Oil and gas fields in Scotland account for 96% of UK crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) production

63% of UK natural gas production

Oil and gas fields in Scotland account for 63% of UK natural gas production

£17.5 billion total sales of oil and gas

Total sales value of oil and gas produced in Scotland is estimated to be £17.5 billion

Scottish Government Oil and Gas Production Statistics 2016-17 estimates

Why trade Scotland?

5 reasons why Scotland excels in the oil and gas sector

  • Scotland has over 50 years of achievement and our expertise is sought by companies across the world
  • We're used to working in the harsh North Sea and are equipped to maximise recovery in the most inhospitable regions of the world
  • Innovation is our lifeblood so we can help your company with novel solutions to make the most of oil and gas resources quickly and efficiently
  • We're already trading with the rest of the world – our companies are used to international trade and benefit from our extensive global support network
  • Scotland is Europe's oil capital - Aberdeen is a global hub for the industry so you’ll have easy access to new markets elsewhere in the world

"We're investing in Aberdeen through a couple of our verticals. We see Aberdeen as the mecca for oil and gas service companies."

Marc Broussard, commercial director, One Diamond

Connect to Scotland's supply chain

Scottish companies have overcome some of the most challenging conditions in the world.

As a result, we have around 2,000 supply chain companies at the cutting edge of everything from drilling and safety to enhanced recovery and decommissioning.

Through our partnerships and networks, we can help your company access Scotland’s vast and collaborative oil and gas supply chain.

This is backed up by committed financial support and a concentration of specialist R&D facilities. The result is a true centre for excellence in oil and gas that continues to create.

Global reputation

Scotland's global reputation for oil and gas expertise means we're doing more and more global business.

New markets and trade partners are emerging all the time in key regions across the world, including Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

Scottish Energy Ports across the country which offer a range of infrastructure, facilities, skills and supply chain to support the oil and gas, decommissioning, subsea and renewables industries.

The right people, resources, expertise and experience

Institutions such as Robert Gordon University (RGU), the University of Aberdeen and Forth Valley College are continually taking their training out to growing markets like Nigeria and Senegal.

Aberdeen Drilling School now have training centres in Oman, Malaysia and Indonesia. The University of Aberdeen, in partnership with RGU, launched the UK's first Masters in oil and gas decommissioning in 2016.

Our reputation for safety and reliability is widely recognised too. In an international survey, 71% of respondents say they see Scots as the most dependable workers in the industry. A similar number believe Scotland is a leading training ground for the industry.

Scottish training and safety expertise has made a positive impact on the world. Our drive to innovate means we are constantly coming up with more and better ways to upskill your workforce and helping you to improve reliability.

By investing here you'll get the chance to work with sector experts in universities that are committed to forging strong bonds with industry.

From our world-leading training facilities to innovative companies working at every stage of the supply chain, Scotland's oil and gas industry will let you make the most of your investment. And we'll be here to support your company every step of the way.

Oil and gas opportunities

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Education

Scotland's education is open to the world. We've a strong track record of working with overseas partners, through delivery of teaching, training, in-country provision, or a more ‘blended learning’ approach.

Food and drink

Scottish produce is hard to beat. From our world-renowned whiskies and award-winning meat and seafood, to small-batch gins, craft beers, and innovative baked goods, Scotland is the home of quality and flavour.

Renewables

Scotland's abundant natural resources and renowned engineering heritage gives us unrivalled expertise in the safe, sustainable, profitable harnessing of energy. Exceptional experience, unique offshore energy capabilities and unrivalled support, make us natural supply chain partners for renewable energy projects worldwide.

Textiles

Well-known for our unrivalled creativity, innovation and collaboration, the textiles sector in Scotland has a great track record on the international stage.

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