Dundee and other Scottish east coast ports will have to work together to win potentially lucrative decommissioning work, according to an industry leader.

Mike Tholen, upstream policy director of Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, was speaking before the opening of the 2016 Offshore Decommissioning Conference in St Andrews.

Oil & Gas UK reported that an estimated £17.6 billion of decom expenditure will take place  on the UK Continental Shelf over the next decade, and more than half of the market will be in the central North Sea.

More than 100 platforms are forecast for complete or partial removal from UK and Norwegian continental shelves, over 1800 wells are scheduled to be plugged and abandoned and around 7,500 kms of pipeline are set to be decommissioned.

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