Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited China this week to promote the North Sea oil and gas sector.
She met representatives from three of the world’s largest oil and gas companies and investors in Scotland’s offshore industry – Sinopec, PetroChina and CNOOC.
Ms Sturgeon aimed to encourage firms to look to Scotland for further innovation and exploration.
She highlighted a recent survey which found 74% of more than 260 senior global industry figures believe the nation is one of the world’s leading training grounds for the oil and gas industry.
It also revealed 71% think Scottish employees are some of the most dependable in the sector.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland is a worldwide pioneer in the oil and gas sector thanks to our exploration and extraction work and this is of huge appeal to countries all over the globe – including China. Engaging with one of the world’s largest economies and explaining the quality and knowledge of our workforce is important if we are to encourage them to invest in Scotland.
“I made it clear to management from the firms that Scotland wants to work with them and seize on the vast opportunities that remain in the North Sea.”