MSP addresses capacity crowd

Cllr Rob Merson addressed a capacity audience at a supply chain event.
Cllr Rob Merson addressed a capacity audience at a supply chain event.

Ellon & District Councillor Rob Merson, addressed a capacity audience at a supply chain event for companies looking to secure work on the pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) recently.

The event has been hailed as a ’huge boost to the North-East’ after the full allocation of places were filled by representatives from potential contractors.

The gathering of 250 delegates from around 200 companies was supported by long-time partner Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and Scottish Enterprise. It was organised to enable potential bidders for work on the 92.4MW, 11-turbine project to meet main contractors.

Those in attendance were able to learn and discuss available work packages and local opportunities.

Delivering the closing remarks at the event, Councillor Merson, said:“Some of you here today will already be familiar with the concept of Aberdeenshire Council’s Energetica project in the corridor between Blackdog and Peterhead - a long-term strategic initiative designed to encourage and facilitate a seamless transition from the oil and gas industry to one which is based on low-carbon alternative energy and technology.

“To have our local businesses involved in delivering a project that will demonstrate and test the latest in offshore wind technology is a huge boost to the North-east.”