The largely publicly-funded economic-development rivalry between Glasgow – ‘Scotland’s renewables capital’ – and ‘Scotland’s Energy Corridor’ in Aberdeenshire – has been stepped up with the creation of new marketing post for the north-east quango.
Aberdeen city-shire aims to building on its offshore oil and gas experience and developing expertise in renewable energy sources, to become a global energy hub.
Part of this aspiration is the development of a low‐carbon energy technology corridor which will attract companies and individuals to a natural and built coastal environment, known as Energetica.
Billed as ‘Scotland’s energy corridor’ Energetica covers a 30 mile development corridor that extends from Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, west towards Aberdeen Airport and north to Peterhead.
Around £260 million of a projected total of £750 million investment potential is underway including the development of 600 acres of new business space, master‐planning for new areas, port developments at Peterhead and offshore renewable projects such as the planned European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.
Aberdeen city/shire also hope to capture some of the economic benefit from the proposed Shell Goldeneye carbon-capture project at nearby Peterhead power station.
Earlier this year, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal, Robert Gordon University, was appointed as chairman of the Energetica Steering Group. And yesterday, the public sector consortium announced that it is seeking to recruit a £33,000 pa marketing maestro.
But Glasgow now also claims the title of ‘Scotland’s renewables capital’ – citing the recent success of hosting Britain’s biggest renewable energy conference last week in the city, where attendance was 20% higher than last year’s event in Aberdeen – and the creation earlier this month of a new Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde University.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University, recently gave a talk on Glasgow as the emerging Scottish capital of the energy sector’ and why it means investment, progress and growth for the city’s economy and population.