The north-east has certainly done very well out of the oil and gas industry, but Scotland is missing out on the green energy revolution which is mostly taking place in the same sea that produced the oil. In recent years, there has been a major expansion of offshore wind farms but the vast majority of jobs associated with them have gone overseas leaving Scottish yards with empty order books. This is nothing short of a scandal. Likewise, the country seems set to miss out on the future oil rig decommissioning boom with the structures that have already been taken offline being taken overseas to be broken up. Mighty structures, built in yards like Ardersier, Nigg and Kishorn and pumping oil for more than four decades, are now ending their life in the sheltered Cromarty Firth before being taken overseas and broken up in countries such as Turkey. According to estimates, decommissioning could be worth around £45 billion. The majority of this should be coming to Scotland and the rest of the UK but it has so far been slow in doing so.
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