A business group has been set up in the Highlands to help companies take advantage of new opportunities -- particularly in renewables and decommissioning. The North Sea Industries Group (NSIG), based in Inverness, is part-funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. Energy minister Brian Wilson points out that the market is changing irrevocably with fewer major orders in North Sea oil and gas. "However, the experience and infrastructure which have been built up in the Highlands are capable of being adapted to the new realities and opportunities," he says. "There are strong parallels with the position of the UK's oil and gas industry some 30 years ago," he adds. "If the same concerted, strategic approach is applied to the renewables sector as was applied to oil and gas, we can reap very substantial benefits for this country."
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