GMB SCOTLAND COMMENT ON CLUFF NATURAL RESOURCES HALTING SPENDING ON FIFE GAS PROJECT TO MOVE TO NORTH EAST OF ENGLANDEstimates suggest there is only between 5 and 10 years of gas supply left in North Sea so Scotland faces difficult choices as to where we are going to source gas from says GMB Scotland
GMB Scotland, the union for energy workers, commented on the announcement by Cluff Natural Resources that it is to halt all spending on the development of its underground coal gasification project in Fife. See notes to editors for copy of press release dated 7th January 2016.
Gary Smith, Acting Secretary GMB Scotland, said "Scotland is facing an energy crisis. In terms of gas stocks the North Sea is being quickly depleted. Estimates suggest there is only between 5 and 10 years of supply left, unless there are radical changes to how the industry operates.
The vast majority of Scots depend on gas to heat their homes because gas is four times cheaper than electricity. We also need gas for our industries like the chemicals sector.
There has been an utter dishonesty about the political discourse around energy. Gas is the fuel of the future in Scotland.
Scotland faces difficult choices as to where we are going to source the gas we need from.
Bringing in gas from regimes in the Middle East or from Russia is not good for the environment or ethically sound."