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Greg Clark visits Dounreay and Sutherland

Posted on 9 August 2018

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP visited Scotland to meet new graduates as they embark on science and engineering careers at Dounreay, to meet with local business leaders, and to see the site of a future UK spaceport in Sutherland.

In Aberdeen, Mr Clark visited the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning which aims to regulate the offshore oil and gas industries in the context of sustainable development.  He visited the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a UK Government company whose role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry to maximise economic recovery, and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, which has received £180 million of funding from the UK and Scottish governments as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Mr Clark then met with Aberdeen-based business leaders included oil and gas, clean growth, professional services, food and drink, tourism and education to discuss Industrial Strategy and EU exit.  He visited NovaBiotics, a local life sciences company which is part of a growing sector in Aberdeen, with the region representing 75% of Scotland’s late-stage drug development companies.

Mr Clark then visited Sutherland, where he viewed plans for the spaceport site and held discussions with local people and businesses to hear their thoughts.  In July £31.5m of funding was announced to support the Sutherland spaceport, which could be worth 400 jobs to the local economy.

The minister talked with the new starters at Dounreay and some of the site’s existing apprentices who are helping to take apart ageing facilities while learning critical skills that could be transferable to other industries in the future.  Mr Clark also met armed officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary who protect the site 24 hours a day.