Peter Aldous calls for new North sea oil and gas R&D centre

15th December 2015

Peter Aldous calls on the Government to set up a North sea oil and gas innovation centre similar to the successful offshore wind catapult.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): The North sea oil and gas sector faces significant challenges at the current time, with a need for a collegiate approach to research and development to fuel innovation and to drive down costs. To achieve this, will the Minister consider setting up a North sea oil and gas innovation centre similar to the very successful offshore wind catapult?

George Freeman: My hon. Friend makes a very interesting point. On the east coast in East Anglia, in the north and in Scotland, this country is leading in the field of offshore energy. We have just funded the offshore energy centre, but I would be happy to look at the specific idea that he recommends.

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