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  By Martin Kelly
 
Oil production in the North Sea "can confidently be expected to remain viable beyond 2050" one of the industry’s most respected academics has said.
 
Professor Alex Kemp has said advances in technology coupled with government incentives would see production continue as previously uneconomic fields become commercially viable.

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One of Scotland's most respected economists has responded to comments made by Sir Ian Wood after the retired tycoon criticised the Scottish Government's estimate over the amount of North Sea oil still to be extracted from Scottish waters.
 
Sir Donald MacKay has publicly backed Scottish Government estimates on the economy and North Sea oil and said forecasts criticised by Sir Ian were backed by the oil and gas industry.

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A renewable power project described as one of the biggest in the world is set to begin later this year after it secured £50m of funding, £20.5 million of which is from the Scottish Government.
 
Construction on the tidal power project will begin in the Pentland Firth later this year, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.

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  The SNP has today highlighted new research showing the cost of maintaining the Westminster system in Scotland is equivalent to 2,305 full time childcare workers.

Angela Constance MSP, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment announced these findings today – confirmed by SPICE - before meeting with parents and hosting an informal Q&A in Livingston that focussed on the opportunities a Yes vote offers for young families in Scotland.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
Former RBS Chief Executive and Chairman Sir George Mathewson has described claims from the No campaign on currency and banking as "nonsense" and said independence is an "opportunity" for Scotland's financial sector and not a threat.
 
Writing in the Financial Times, Sir George makes clear the benefits of a currency union after a Yes vote for both Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
Tens of thousands of Scotland's poorer pensioners who have saved for their retirement are now substantially worse off due to UK government cuts.
 
Research by the House of Commons Library has shown 50,000 Scottish pensioners have lost benefits since 2010 with a cut of £90 million to Savings Credit.

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