The oil and gas industry is set for fresh uncertainty following last week's U.K. referendum on membership of the European Union, as Scottish politicians call for another independence referendum.
Soon after the results of the referendum (in which around 51 percent of the U.K. voted to leave the EU), Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she would seek a second independence referendum for her country in order to remain a part of the EU.
This announcement is a cause for concern for the energy sector, according to Andrew Speers, CEO of oil and gas recruiter Petroplan. One of the big concerns surrounding the issue of Scottish independence is the potential hit to the region's economic stability.
"From a financial perspective, the Fiscal Affairs Scotland think tank last year estimated Scotland to be £7 billion ($9.23 billion) a year worse off if it secures independence, but it's a real possibility now as they wish to avoid a forced exit from the EU," he told CNBC in an email.