Many thanks to those who have contacted me about the Cambo oil field.
I appreciate the extent of the concerns with this issue. Lowering our dependence on fossil fuels and tackling climate change is a priority for me. Therefore, I was glad to see the publication of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. This lays the blueprint for how we can achieve net zero and the further publication of the Energy White Paper made clear the Government’s commitment to clean energy sources.
I understand that the original licensing consent for the Cambo oil field dates back to 2001 and the project is going through normal regulatory processes. The decision on whether to grant consent to Cambo oil field will be taken by the Oil and Gas Authority, who are ultimately responsible, rather than the Secretary of State.
While I am pleased that the Government is working hard to drive down demand for fossil fuels, I do also appreciate that there will continue to be ongoing demand for oil and gas over the coming years, as recognised by the independent Climate Change Committee.
I will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.