The oil and gas industry will play a vital role in British energy needs for decades to come, according to three Liberal Democrat ministers.
Business Secretary Vince Cable, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Energy Secretary Ed Davey were in Aberdeen this morning to set out their long term strategy, aiming to boost investment and supply chains while promoting exports.
Mr Davey said the industry will play a huge role despite efforts to promote cleaner fuels and decarbonisation.
"The primary products, oil and gas, on all estimations will remain an integral part of the mix for many decades to come," he told an invited audience which included industry leaders and local politicians.
"Only the UK can deliver what is required over a sustained period if you are going to get the most out of the oil and gas industry. The UK is a large economy - that is why we can provide the support.
"Smaller economies have difficulty absorbing the costs.
"The size of the UK economy can really create the framework and certainty."
An "extreme" engineering centre will be built to help develop deep sea technology.
The £7 million Neptune National Centre will be created on the River Tyne in Newcastle.
Unveiling the centre as as part of a new oil and gas strategy, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This cutting-edge new facility will help put our academic community and industry at the centre of subsea and offshore engineering research."
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the oil and gas industry is a vital strategic resource.
"With our support for carbon capture and storage, for decommissioning and by encouraging increased collaboration across different energy sectors, especially offshore, there will also be new sustainable growth opportunities for the industry and the wider UK supply chain."
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said he welcomed the UK Government view that there is a long-term future for the industry.
He said that the UK strategy highlighted oil and gas as an "enormous economic resource for decades to come.".
Scotland's Oil and Gas Strategy, developed in conjunction with industry, lays out a plan to help the industry go from strength to strength, and rising capital investment - predicting that investment should rise from £11.4 billion in 2012 to over £13 billion in 2013 - clearly demonstrates the confidence investors and the industry have in Scotland
The Scottish Government has already launched its industry led Oil and Gas strategy and is implementing a range of measures to support the industry in this time of major investment. We welcome the UK Government's commitment to work with the Scottish Government in implementing its strategy.