It’s the start of 2023: The UK faces a potential recession, energy security pressures, a major conflict in Ukraine and, sometime soon, a general election where energy and the cost of living will be top of the political agenda. There could be quieter times to take over as chief executive of Offshore Energies UK – but David Whitehouse says he is looking forward to the challenge.
For 50 years, the North Sea has supported the nation with a steady flow of homegrown energy to keep lights on, vehicles moving and the whole economy working.
Over those five decades, oil and gas from under our surrounding seas has given us not just energy security, but also hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Oil and gas activity supports over 200,000 jobs across the UK, including 30,300 direct jobs, 99,700 jobs across the supply chain, and 83,600 jobs across the wider economy. Our workforce and supply chain has a footprint in nearly every UK Parliamentary constituency, and since 1970, the industry has paid almost £400bn in oil and gas production taxes.
News article on 02 February 2023 by Dave Whitehouse from politicshome.com
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