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Why the SNP is wrong about Cambo

Scotland’s largest party stands accused of failing to see the big picture on the UK oil and gas industry’s contribution to the energy transition

An August letter from Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and first minister of Scotland, to UK prime minister Boris Johnson urging his Westminster administration to reassess UK continental shelf (UKCS) projects that have production licences but have yet to commence development has sent a chill through a UK oil and gas industry largely centred on her northern fiefdom. But influential voices are emerging to make the case as to why she is mistaken. Sturgeon’s U-turn on projects such as the West of Shetland Cambo field is largely naked politicking. The SNP previously emphasised the future role of ‘Scotland’s oil’ in bolstering the economy of a post-independence state,



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