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Scottish oil and gas: pioneering for your success

In Scotland we have a long and proud history in oil and gas.

However, we never stop driving to become more efficient and successful.

Over time we have built up a vast and collaborative supply chain in Scotland. We combine this with a system of attractive and committed financial support and a concentration of exciting specialist R&D facilities. These facilities would be hard to match anywhere else in the world. The result is a true centre for excellence in oil and gas that continues to create and evolve more groundbreaking technology and processes every day.

Aberdeen Harbour, Offshore Europe 2015

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Scotland's skills, experience and expertise, together with world-class training facilities and strengths in innovation, make us the ideal partner for oil and gas opportunities.

Ewen Cameron, Head of Trade & Investment, Energy

Industry-wide expertise

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 very cutting edge of everything from drilling and safety to enhanced recovery and decommissioning.


In Scotland, our supply chain companies are pioneers in new technologies for increasing extraction and efficiency. The technology also extends field life and helps bring previously economically-unviable resources online.

Drilling and wells

Scottish companies are at the very cutting edge of drilling technology and well management capabilities. We work in a world where maximising recovery is key and efficiency is king. So our focus is on pioneering in the areas of directional drilling, enhanced oil recovery and marginal field development.

Platforms and topsides

Scotland is a true world leader in the area of inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM). This means that we can make your platforms and topsides last longer, help them work more efficiently, and keep them running smoothly.

Marine, subsea and pipelines

Scotland’s subsea companies have long been key to solving global subsea problems. With over 50 years expertise, our supply chain connects you to the best facilities, technologies and innovative minds to meet your business challenges.

Support services

Our oil and gas skills have been honed on the harsh, dangerous and unpredictable conditions of the North Sea. This has led Scots to value safety extremely highly. Scottish oil and gas companies have, in turn, developed themselves into some of the world’s safest operators.

Scottish Energy Ports

Discover valuable opportunities for the energy industry

With decades of experience in oil and gas and abundant renewable energy resources, Scotland is the natural home for your energy project - and ports across the country offer the infrastructure you need.

Scottish Energy Ports directory

Why trade with Scotland?

5 reasons why Scotland excels in the oil and gas sector

  1. We've got over 50 years of achievement and our expertise is sought by companies across the world.
  2. We're used to working in the harsh North Sea and are equipped to maximise recovery in the most inhospitable regions of the world.
  3. We're innovative and can help your company make the most of oil and gas resources quickly and efficiently.
  4. We're already trading with the world, our companies are used to international trade and benefit from our extensive global support network.
  5. We're Europe's oil capital - Aberdeen is a global hub for the industry and trading with Scotland can also open access to new markets elsewhere in the world.

A growing global impact

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

In 2015, total international sales were £11.4 billion and diversification activity in the sector had increased by 11% since 2014.

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.

Oil and gas is one of Scotland’s biggest success stories, generating £12.2 billion worth of exports to over 130 countries.

Head of Trade and Investment, Energy - Ewan Cameron

We have offices in 20 countries, staffed by teams who can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and can help you connect with Scotland's oil & gas supply chain firms and put you in touch with our education and training organisations.

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