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OIL JOBS: DECOMMISSIONING A CHANCE WE CANNOT MISS, SAYS HARVIE

Patrick HPH smart for webarvie, MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has today argued that latest predictions of the scale and pace of future oil platform closures show an urgent need to accelerate efforts to secure decommissioning projects in the North Sea.

Harvie commented on estimates by Douglas-Westwood, which predict that more than half of the decommissioning work over the next 25 years is likely to take place between 2019 and 2026.

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