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At the Port of Dundee on the east coast of Scotland, two signs of the North Sea's past and future stand side by side. A few hundred metres from where an oil drilling rig is moored, with its crew awaiting their next job, a new quayside for vessels and equipment used to decommission North Sea oil and gas fields is under construction.Several historic harbours in Scotland, which rely on oil and gas traffic for a sizeable proportion of their revenues, are already looking at how to "future proof" their businesses.North of Dundee, the managers of Aberdeen Harbour – which was established in 1136 and typically relies on oil and gas for 50 to 60 per cent of its business – are pushing ahead with a £350m expansion project to secure new business, both from decommissioning and from other sectors, such as cruise ships.The port estimates that 326 North Sea oil and gas fields will be "sub economic" – or unprofitable – by 2030 and will need to be retired.It accounted for just 5 per cent of total spend by the North Sea oil and gas industry in 2015, according to Oil & Gas UK, a trade body.
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