Oil Rig Maintenance

Highlands and Islands Oil and Gas Capabilities


The Highlands and Islands of Scotland have a long history in the oil and gas sector and over the past 40 years have played a pivotal role in the development of the Scottish oil and gas industry. From the initial boom 40 years ago, with sites such as Ardersier, Nigg and Kishorn manufacturing major offshore components, to today with an internationally renowned supply chain and the continuing revival of quay side facilities.

The Opportunity

With Scotland's oil and gas industry currently undergoing a wave of new investments, activity on the UK Continental Shelf looks set for a strong and competitive future. As the economic and community development agency for the north of Scotland, HIE is keen to capture as much of this activity as possible for the Highlands and Islands, through developing and strengthening local supply chains, encouraging inward investments and promoting international trade.

Of course the North Sea is a mature province and the age of structures and utilities brings challenges. To maximise the economic potential it is important that the industry makes use of Scotland's broad supply chain, supporting infrastructure and asset integrity. Ensuring this will enable investors to reduce operating costs and maximise recovery rates, especially as the industry strives to uncover reserves from increasingly challenging areas. Key to this will be awareness and utilisation of opportunities which are currently on offer to the wider oil and gas industry from the Highlands of Scotland.

For full area profiles and a guide to capabilities across the Highlands and Islands, follow links in the download box on the right hand side.

Power from the North

Showcasing what Shetland has to offer, including a highly skilled and versatile supply chain as well as extensive, fully equipped facilities at a number of key port and harbour sites including Lerwick, Scalloway and Sullom Voe.

Created by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in conjunction with partners Promote Shetland and Shetland Islands Council.  This video was made and produced locally in Shetland. 


The explore programme provides news, case studies, supply chain industry database, and details about the growing energy industry in the Highlands and Islands...