The renewables industry in Scotland has a vibrant future ahead of it and many businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which set up shop to service the oil and gas sector are now reaping the benefits of applying their skills to renewable energy.
More than £500m worth of projects in the North-east of Scotland have been completed, with the most recent being Statoil’s Hywind floating turbine project which started to deliver electricity to the grid this month. Future projects such as the Beatrice offshore windfarm and the Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL) mean that the industry locally is set to be worth more than £5.5 billion.
Firms with capabilities in areas such as research and development, design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance, are finding these are also common skills required in renewable projects. Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is committed to the transfer of this expertise to stimulate a robust and sustainable supply chain and the growth of Scotland’s industry.
By applying decades of experience and know-how, companies which diversify are not only ensuring longevity for their business, but also the prosperity of the region and future generations.
These opportunities offer the next generation a chance to carve out successful careers across the full spectrum of sectors – offshore and onshore wind, wave and tidal, biomass, hydrogen, solar, geothermal energy and energy storage. The career choices are endless, ranging from engineers, scientists and technicians to divers, ornithologists, lawyers, and health and safety advisors.
To safeguard the long-term prosperity of our energy-based economy and secure energy supplies for generations to come, we must continue to diversify into new energy sources. This will ensure the region’s position as an internationally-competitive economic power house and build upon its world-renowned reputation as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
Hear more from Aberdeen City Council’s Morag McCorkindale on the importance of diversification at the Renewable Energy Impact: Breakfast Briefing which takes place at the AECC on November 29. For more information visit www.agcc.co.uk/networking-events.