SNP welcome oil and gas 'Jobs boom' forecast

Forecasts that Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas industry will this year experience a "boom" in offshore jobs is being welcomed by SNP MSP Maureen Watt.
Ms Watt, SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, outlined how recruitment firm’s predictions that up to 50,000 new jobs will be created in the sector is further evidence that Scotland would be wealthier as an independent country.
She said:
“The forecast of a jobs boom highlights a very bright future for the oil and gas industry - and a positive knock on effect for Scotland’s economy which we hear just today is in ‘growth mode’ and outperforming the UK economy.
“North Sea oil is a tremendous asset with vast untapped reserves worth up to £1.5 trillion which will help an independent Scotland to prosper and become a wealthier and fairer nation.
“Instead of being squandered as they have been by successive Westminster Governments - whether Tory or Labour - we need the powers of an independent Scotland to ensure that oil and gas resources work for the benefit of the people of Scotland.
"The anti-independence parties have been saying that the oil and gas is running out since the early years of production in the 1970s - and the reality now is that more than half of the revenues are still to come.”