Date lodged: 12 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding workers getting the maximum economic benefits from the decommissioning of semi-submersible drilling rigs that were deployed in the North Sea.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 January 2018
The decision on where to decommissioning semi-submersible drilling rigs is a commercial matter for the owner, regulated by strict environmental and waste regulations. The Scottish Government are committed to maximising the economic benefits available from decommissioning, and supporting Scottish industry to win valuable contracts. Our Decommissioning Action Plan supported by the Decommissioning Challenge Fund, aims to secure new investment in ports and harbours to ensure Scotland is in a position to win these contracts. We will continue work to ensure the Scottish supply chain understands the potential of the market going forwards, to enable effective planning for these opportunities.