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Hard Brexit ‘could lead to platforms being shut down’, warns Oil and Gas UK

A “hard Brexit” could lead to the shutdown of North Sea oil and gas platforms, Oil and Gas UK has warned.

The trade body has released its 2018 economic report, warning that plans to leave the EU could cause a “skills shortage” for vital North Sea services such as Emergency Response and Rescue Vehicles (ERRVs).

It also highlights implications for movement of critical equipment and for growing the UK’s share of the global oilfield services market.

Without standby ERRVs, “platforms would have to shut down operations and production”, according to the report, which said the emergency vessels may not be able to operate if there are issues with recruiting engineers from in or outside the UK.

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