Ellon Probus President Alan Cameron welcomed James Welsh, town and country planner and development manager for Energetica, to the club’s recent meeting.
Energetica is a project which is designed to attract energy firms to the Aberdeenshire coast and is backed by the Aberdeen City and Shire councils and Scottish Enterprise.
It is focused on a 30 mile corridor from Bridge of Don to Peterhead with its backers targeting £750 million of investment in the first five years of the programme.None of this development will be in breach of existing greenbelt restrictions.
Its key projects in progress include redevelopment of Aberdeen Airport, the new Exhibition and Conference Centre at Bucksburn which is due to open in 2019 and Peterhead Port’s £50m redevelopment to deepen harbour and extend berths for fishing and oil supply boats and provide more space for North Sea decommissioning work.
Other exciting and innovative projects in development include the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located in Aberdeen Bay, Statoil’s World first floating wind farm 25 kilometres offshore Peterhead and a carbon capture and storage scheme focussed on Peterhead Power Station using depleted oilfield reservoirs.
NorthConnect is a commercially funded scheme to run an underwater cable between Peterhead and Norway with a view to using surplus UK wind power to pump water up to Norwegian Hydro Electric reservoirs.
Charles Fox thanked James for a very professional and enthusiastic talk which had generated a lot of interest and questions from the audience.