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Independent Expert Commission on Oil and Gas

The Scottish Government established an Independent Expert Commission to consider options for the implementation of the key principles set out in the Scottish Government’s paper ‘Maximising the return from Oil and Gas in an Independent Scotland’ that was published on July 23, 2013.

This provided  the industry and all stakeholders with the opportunity to put forward views on how to generate the maximum value for all from oil and gas activities in the North Sea.

Stakeholders were invited to provide evidence to the Commission to ensure comprehensive consideration is given to all relevant issues and a broad range of industry views are reflected in the final report. The Commission hosted an online survey via Professor Rita Marcella at Robert Gordon University which sought views on specific issues identified by the Commission.

You can view the Commission’s formal remit.

The members of the Expert Commission were:

  • Melfort Campbell (Chair; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imes Group, co-chair of the Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group, Board Member of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board and of Scottish Enterprise.
  • Professor Alex Kemp (Professor of Petroleum Economics and Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen, and Board Member of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board)
  • Professor Rita Marcella (Dean of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University)
  • Dick Winchester (Managing Director of Pipistrelle Ltd, Board Member of Scottish Energy Advisory Board and writer for Aberdeen Press & Journal “Energy” supplement).

The work of this Expert Commission is fundamental to ensuring that an oil and gas framework is developed, built on engagement with industry, and that the industry itself has the optimum conditions to innovate, grow and thrive in a globally competitive market.

Commenting on the value of this work Fergus Ewing, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, said:

“The work of this Commission will provide a legacy for the Oil and Gas industry and has the potential to influence future Government policy in the crucial years to come, regardless of who or what that Government may be. The Commission’s report is an opportunity for the industry to take stock and to have its say on what Government’s role should be in maximising the economic recovery of oil and gas in the North Sea, with a particular focus on the relevant fiscal, regulatory and licensing regimes, and on decommissioning.”

The Commission’s final report was published on 7 July 2014.