Aberdeen has a long-established role as a world leader in the energy sector. The Aberdeen City region is one of the most prosperous regions in the UK and is Scotland’s third largest City Region- home to nearly one million people.
Universally known as the Granite City, Aberdeen is a vibrant, entrepreneurial region in Scotland’s North East, home to a unique mix of business opportunities and specialist skills across various sectors including energy, technology, life sciences and food & drink.
Aberdeen has long been known globally as a symbol of the UK’s oil and gas expertise; it can now become a symbol of our leadership in the global energy transition to a Climate Positive future. Aberdeen is a world-leader in energy technologies, providing a major economic stream locally and nationally while already embracing the global energy transition.
The region has a rich cultural prominence and the city now hosts numerous award-winning festivals, conferences and sporting events throughout the year. Aberdeen is home to the renowned SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition which takes place in September every two years. Offshore Europe attracts a global audience of around 38,000 visitors from 119 countries including engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts, to share ideas, debate issues of the moment and create common agendas for the future of the energy industry.
P and J Live
In 2019, a £333 million Conference and Event Complex (P and J Live) was opened in Aberdeen- the largest single investment in conference, exhibition and concert venues in the history of the UK. The new facility generated 600 new jobs during construction and 352 full-time equivalent permanent positions are expected to have been created by year 10 of operation. P and J Live is home to the largest fuel cell installation in the UK, on par with the largest in Europe, with a dedicated on-site energy centre to provide power, heat and cooling to the conference and event area- providing a total electrical output of 1.4MW- reinforcing Aberdeen’s status as a Global Energy Hub.
Aberdeen continues to build on its reputation as a centre of excellence for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with the largest fleet of hydrogen buses in Europe. Aberdeen is a key partner in the hydrogen transport for the North Sea Region Project- HyTrEc. In 2019, Aberdeen City Council won the Sustainable Development category at the Green Energy Awards for its Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan.
Aberdeen has huge capacity for the generation of renewable energy. Over 25% of Europe’s wind energy crosses the Scottish landmass allowing the potential wind generation capacity to be more than three times the requirement.
Located in the Aberdeen City Region, Equinor’s £200million Hywind Pilot Park is made up of six 5MW wind turbines on floating structures at Buchan Deep. It has been operational since 2018 and generates enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
Furthermore, in July 2018, the first power was generated at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, located in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility. The £300million project comprises of eleven turbines within the capacity of 92.4MW and will be in operation for 20 years.
Adding to Aberdeen’s offshore wind success is the development of the 50MW Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm (KOWL) in Aberdeen Bay, which will be the world’s biggest floating offshore wind farm. First power from the project was achieved by connecting 2MW to the British electricity grid in October 2018. Scheduled to achieve full capacity in 2020, KOWL is expected to generate up to 218GWh of clean electricity a year, which will be enough to power approximately 55,000 Scottish households.
Aberdeen Net Zero Vision
In 2020, Aberdeen City Council launched Aberdeen’s Net Zero Vision which aims to deliver both environmental and economic benefits and position Aberdeen as a climate positive city. The Net Zero Vision along with the Regional Economic Strategy, City Region Deal and the City Centre Masterplan underpin ambitions to act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification and to ensure Aberdeen continues to be an attractive, prosperous and sustainable place to live, visit and invest in.