South East Asia can learn much from Scotland’s oil and renewables story



(Map: (Photo: Scottish Renewables)

From Scottish Development International on 23 February 2018:

‘At first sight Scotland and South East Asia might not appear to have a lot in common but…..there are huge opportunities to work together to develop renewable energy projects…..South East Asia is home to a number of island nations, particularly Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand…..Like Scotland, their maritime resources are incredibly important for their development….Scotland has over 790 islands – perhaps not as many as the 17,000 in Indonesia or 7,000 in the Philippines – but the second largest number in Europe, behind Greece….And crucially, both Scotland and South East Asia have an abundance of natural resources that presents both challenges and opportunities for their respective energy sectors.’

The report goes on to suggest that Scotland has become a ‘world energy leader’ after 40 years’ experience in oil, gas and renewables and is very well-placed to share and to generate income from that experience globally.

This is a topic much-reported in this blog over the last year or two. For more detail of Scottish expertise see:

Scotland’s expertise in renewable power generation now worth billions

Scotland’s tidal energy expertise to help poor communities in South-East Asia

Scotland’s oil and gas extraction expertise continues to earn millions

Scotland’s oil and gas expertise earned £11.4 billion in 2015/2016 supported by Scottish Government investment

As before, after four years of blogging, these represent only a few of many. For more, search the blog for ‘expertise’.


12 thoughts on “South East Asia can learn much from Scotland’s oil and renewables story

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. March 5, 2018 / 10:43 am

    This is a no-brainer, but it depends on the SG having extensive powers to negotiate in the international community in the way German Laender and individual American states can do …. or the way Ms Priti Patel could apparently do as Minister at the DfID.

    This is the kind of power which Westminster wishes to retain so that it can use Scottish, Welsh, Irish, English regional resources to bargain for continued access by the City to markets as well as siphoning the profits of these Scottish, Welsh, Irish and regional resources into the voracious maws of private financiers.

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  2. Contrary March 5, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Hi John, sorry sorry for butting in and going off topic, but I just had to alert you to this – are you allowed to check out sky news? Someone has just brought to my attention a voting thing for ‘Who is Britain’s most influential Woman?’ Listing a hundred women… all the usual suspects. Despite putting up unflattering, aggressive-looking photographs of Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black, both are in the top 3. In fact, the rather bland but insulting text below photographs (for NS: “A Scottish politician who is the current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party. She is the first woman to hold either position.”) in comparison to what is written for all others, I think we can all be surprised that NS is ahead, and that by a large margin (30K, compared with the Queen at 19K, then Mhairi at 13K). (nos. 1, 2 and 3, T. May is down at no. 15).

    What is even more interesting, and perhaps a glitch with the website, is that there is no link to this page from their home page anymore (disappeared an hour ago), though I am sure it will be back up soon.

    Hilarious 😉 … I mean, they even managed to find a soft focus, kindly-looking picture of Margaret T. Fascinating study in trying to manipulate people ,,, and somehow failing?

    here’s a link:

    They say results will be posted Wednesday – I doubt there will be much change in votes if they’ve taken the link off their home page though 😀

    Hope all is well, to all, I have been super-busy lately, and cold-ridden, and digging snow. (and practicing being… brief??!)


    • bigjon999 March 5, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Spotted elsewhere and voted. Worth keeping publicity going – I will e-mail around some friends… Would be fun to give the Establishment a bloody nose.

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    • johnrobertson834 March 5, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      Hi Contrary. Good to hear from you. I saw the Sky piece but wasn’t sure how to react to it.


    • Contrary March 5, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Hey there, well, these ‘surveys’ are a bit of a farce really, so I see no harm in people having a bit of fun and skewing results – we can’t guess what sky hoped to achieve with it, so there isn’t really any skewing going on and also impossible to know how to react, except to wait and see 🙂 it’s actually meaningless in the long run.

      It was the imagery that caught my attention, nearly all women are presented softly – with smiles or contemplative expressions. The notable exceptions were the two SNP politicians appearing with more aggressive looks, and T. May with downcast look.

      Let’s just say I suspect Sky hope for certain outcomes, and I wonder if they will bother reporting much of it if they don’t get those outcomes? Tsk, me and my paranoia again! Thinking that we might be getting manipulated by the media! Imagine!

      And hi Ludo, below, I noticed the number of titles being thrown about in relation to yet another doping in sport headline as well – you make a very good comparison there with the other news btw – and had a small contemplate to myself about how, if you have reached the ranks of society where you are getting titles bestowed upon you, chances are you have already sold your soul and ethics are a dim memory. It’s just the way the feudal system works. Oh, to escape from it.


      • johnrobertson834 March 6, 2018 / 9:46 am

        Maybe Sky has less of an anti-independence agenda than BBC?


  3. Ludo Thierry March 5, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Hi Contrary – good story you’ve brought us there – That will be fun if NS wins!.

    Looking through the beeb site this evening this thought struck me:

    Example of sporting Integrity Catalan-style: see below:

    Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager accepts charge for wearing yellow ribbon
    Two key members of the Catalan independence movement, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, were held without bail after an independence vote in October, which the Spanish government deemed illegal.
    Guardiola said in November: “If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they’ve been there now.
    “Like everybody knows, hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it.
    “All the politicians that are in prison, I hope they can leave and go back home soon with their families and continue living the lives they deserve.”
    It is understood that the Manchester City manager does not see this as an apology – but that he will observe the rules of the country where he is working.
    He will continue to wear the yellow ribbon when he can – so pre and post-match. It’s only pitchside, during the 90 minutes of the game, where the Football Association’s regulation applies.
    Guardiola accepted the charge on Saturday, but it is believed that he and Manchester City pointed out what they perceive to be a number of inconsistencies in the FA’s regulations – such as the fact they appear to jar with Uefa’s policy of allowing political symbols so long as they are deemed inoffensive.

    Example of sporting integrity UK -style: (Note the plethora of ‘Honours’ titles in the story – 3 ‘Ks’ and 1 Peer of the Realm):

    ‘A devastating blow to the reputations of some of the biggest names in British sport’

    By Dan Roan
    BBC sports editor
    The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee’s report into combatting doping is a devastating blow to the reputations of some of the biggest names in British sport.
    To Lord Coe, the most powerful figure in world athletics and architect of the London 2012 Olympic Games, who is accused by the select committee of misleading parliament about when he first knew of corruption allegations.
    To British Cycling, for so long the country’s best-funded, most successful and respected sports governing body, where a “serious failure” to keep basic medical records, was deemed “unprofessional and inexcusable”.
    And to UK Athletics, whose former chief medical officer Dr Rob Chakraverty – now the Football Association’s chief doctor for the senior men’s England football team – the MPs want investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), after being “shocked” he gave an injection of L-carnitine to athlete Sir Mo Farah without recording the dose on medical records.
    But it is Sir Bradley Wiggins – Britain’s first winner of the Tour de France and most decorated Olympian – and his former boss Sir Dave Brailsford – the man credited with turning cycling into the driving force behind Britain’s ascent into an Olympic superpower, and in charge of the sport’s dominant team – for whom the 50-odd pages make for particularly grim reading.
    Both are effectively accused of cheating. And if not cheating the actual rules in the strictest sense, then certainly the spirit of them. Of flouting their own commitment to be a team the sport could finally be proud of.
    “Crossing the ethical line” is how the MPs put it.

    Remember – our Scottish taxes were supporting this Team GB behaviour. Notice how the FA (England) have time to ‘chase’ Pep for wearing a ribbon – but seem to have questions hanging over the past actions of one of their own current senior staff – maybe other areas requiring investigation before Pep’s ‘open’ wearing of the symbolic yellow ribbon?


  4. South Asia Fast Track March 20, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Interesting article, thanks. Renewables is all okay, but the main problem in South Asian countries (and also some Southeast Asian countries) is to meet the sheer cost of the Solar PV panels. Funding sources are few, and many EPC developers in this space face chronic working capital challenges. The financial system and customer mind-set is not so matured on understanding this industry to provide critical funding or supplier-credit or upfront payments. That is quite unlike the situation in the European region where the maturity of the financial system offers more funding options. Addressing that itself would be a single-point objective to deepen renewables in this part of the world.


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