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Even in challenging times, Scotland's supply chain companies can find valuable oil and gas opportunities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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As the global oil and gas industry faces up to challenging economic conditions, it's important that Scotland's supply chain companies adapt to secure a sustainable future.

An important way of securing that future is by making sure that more Scottish oil and gas companies look for opportunities in international markets.

That's why we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to support every stage of the export journey.

And it's why we've produced a series of guides to help Scottish companies explore the opportunities available in key oil and gas regions.

Our guide to the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) oil and gas markets includes:

  • Regional overview
  • Exploration/development news
  • Current environment (eg political)
  • Major developments in the region
  • Opportunities

The oil and gas industry in Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Urbanisation, a rising population and GDP growth mean Africa has the fastest growing energy demand of any region in the world.

The Middle East is the world's largest producer of oil and gas with production expected to rise by 22% by 2035.

While primary energy production is expected to decline in the European Union, the region's imports of natural gas are expected to rise by 41% by 2025.

Opportunities for Scottish supply chain companies lie in a number of subsectors across the region:

  • Subsea

West Africa dominates the EMEA susbea market and will account for 68% of demand between 2016 and 2020. Key markets include Angola and Nigeria.

  • Pipe/control

By 2020, spending on pipe and control lines across the EMEA region is expected to reach $124 billion. Key markets includes the UK, Norway, Angola and Azerbaijan.

  • Floating

Despite the cancellation of some high profile projects, over $18 billion is expected to be spent on floating infrastructure up to 2020. The UK remains the largest market in the region.

  • Fixed

Demand for fixed platforms is driven by the Middle East with Europe the third largest global market. Demand in Africa is expected to increase towards 2020 and beyond.

  • Regional hubs

Along with well established oil and gas hubs in the Middle East and Europe, East Africa has ambitions to become the world's latest oil and gas export hub. This is being driven by the industry in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Read our full guide to oil and gas opportunities in EMEA (PDF, 938kB)


Country by country

To help you identify the best markets for your company, we've also produced individual guides to key countries in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa:

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Congo
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates

To access our individual country guides, complete our short form:

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Supporting your company

Whether your target market is in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, getting started in international trade can be daunting.

We get that. It's why we've got a range of services designed to help Scottish companies do business outside Scotland

From support to attend trade shows, to help researching the right market for your products and services, we're committed to helping our oil and gas supply chain reach its international potential.

If you're new to exporting, our export health check can help you get started.

Take the export health check

Or if you'd like to discuss the best ways to grow your business internationally, our export experts can help.

Talk to an export advisor