Clearly delighted with the news, Reporting Scotland gave over a bit of their teeny insert in BBC Breakfast to suggest that Scotland needed to import gas to cook our meals and heat our homes!
How stupid do they think their viewers are? Very.
From Scottish Government figures in 2021:
Statistics announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician show that oil and gas production in Scotland, including Scottish adjacent waters, is estimated to have been 77.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe). This was an increase of 0.4% compared to 2018, and accounted for 82 per cent of total UK production.
In the latest year, production of crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL), which account for nearly three quarters of the total, increased by 2.2% to 54.0 mtoe, which is the highest level since 2010. This was slightly offset by a fall of 3.5% in natural gas production, to 23.2 mtoe.
The approximate sales value of oil and gas produced in Scotland is estimated to have been £22.5 billion in 2019. This has fallen by 11.5% compared to 2018 due to a reduction in oil and gas prices. Operating expenditure, not including decommissioning, has increased to £7.5 billion. Capital expenditure in Scottish adjacent waters has increased to £6.1 billion.https://www.gov.scot/news/oil-and-gas-production-statistics-for-2019-1/
And from BBC Scotland’s website in 2019:
A significant gas discovery in the central North Sea is being described as the biggest find in more than a decade.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47041270
Or in 2017:
The Culzean field, 145 miles east of Aberdeen is expected to be at peak production in 2020-21 by which time it will be producing enough gas to meet 5% of total UK demand or, of course, more than 50% of Scotland’s total demand.
In April, we heard of another field, west of Shetland, that could fuel 100% of Scotland’s total demand. See:
So, if we have the gumption to go solo in the next few years we won’t be beholden to Putin for Russian gas supplies like most of the rest of Europe.
And in 2014:
On 22nd July, David Cameron became the first serving Prime Minister to visit the island of Shetland in 34 years. The official line on the purpose of the visit is that he was there to make a small policy announcement relating to a household energy deal, while visual evidence supplied through his own Twitter account shows that he also took the opportunity to engage with one of the island’s famous Shetland Ponies.
At the time, the visit went largely unnoticed, but in the weeks it has taken on a whole new dimension, as part of a secretive plot between Westminster and BP to cover up a discovery off the coast of the island that could drastically shift the economic debate in the Scottish Independence referendum in favour of the Yes campaign. In this alternative explanation, the policy announcement and Pony pic were merely to provide cover for him, a politician with no formal geological training or oil exploration expertise, to assess the big find.https://www.offshore-technology.com/features/featuresecret-oil-bp-and-westminster-in-scottish-oil-cover-up-4376519/