Date lodged: 12 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what employment opportunities there will be for workers from Scotland from the semi-submersible drilling rigs, Ocean Guardian, Ocean Princess and Ocean Nomad, which are anchored in the Moray Firth and are expected to be scrapped in India.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 24 January 2018
£5m Decommissioning Challenge Fund, aims to secure new investment in ports and harbours in Scotland.
SEPA are currently undertaking investigations to establish whether movement of the vessels would be in accordance with, or contravene, European Commission Regulations for waste shipments. On 12 January SEPA issued an immediate direction on preventing movement of the vessels until SEPA are satisfied that there would be no breach of regulations. It is not possible to comment on the decommissioning plans for these rigs or associated employment impacts until this process is finalised.