‘Multi-million pound city deal needed for Aberdeen’

A multi-million pound deal to build a new oil and gas hub in Aberdeen should be agreed as “a matter of urgency”. That’s what Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A multi-million pound deal to build a new oil and gas hub in Aberdeen should be agreed as “a matter of urgency”.

That’s what Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Prime Minister David Cameron in a letter.

She is calling for an agreement between the two governments and local authorities to “send a strong and unequivocal signal” of support to the region given the difficulties being faced in the oil and gas sector.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Given the current situation in Aberdeen, with significant private sector job losses announced in recent weeks by the oil and gas industry, it is vital that government sends a strong and unequivocal signal that it is fully supportive of the region’s position as a global oil and gas hub.

“The city deal provides a good opportunity to signal our respective governments’ support for the region. Against that backdrop, I am supportive of moving as soon as possible to agree the Aberdeen city deal.”