New centre opened in Balmedie

Colin Clark MP, UK Government Minister Lord Duncan and cllr Gillian Owen at the opening event
Colin Clark MP, UK Government Minister Lord Duncan and cllr Gillian Owen at the opening event

Gordon MP Colin Clark attended the launch of the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) in Newburgh on Friday, January 11.

Mr Clark joined UK and Scottish government ministers for the opening of the new research and development (R&D) hub in the north-east’s Energetica Corridor.

Guests at the opening of the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) in Newburgh

Guests at the opening of the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) in Newburgh

The Centre was opened by UK Government Minister Lord Duncan and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Government Energy Minister.

The government ministers joined industry and civic leaders to celebrate the launch of this long-term partnership between the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and the University of Aberdeen.

The NDC is part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, from which it has received £180million in funding.

The establishment of the NDC is part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, a joint UK and Scottish government investment in the north-east.

Lord Duncan said: “This presents an exciting opportunity to establish a centre of excellence in the North-East of Scotland which will develop new capabilities, skills and jobs to meet the decommissioning challenge now and in the years ahead.”

Mr Clark said: “I was delighted to be present at the National Decommissioning Centre launch.

“The research and development project is a collaboration between the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and Aberdeen University, and will help the oil and gas industry deliver cost reduction targets.

“The centre boasts state of the art engineering facilities and will link up with other universities, institutions and innovation centres around the UK.

“It will work to meet domestic demand and grow our exports for years to come.”

Ellon & District councillor Gillian Owen was also at the opening event.

She commented:“This centre is quite remarkable and after the launch we were given a tour so we could all see the innovative projects being undertaken. 

“Locally we a very lucky to have such a brilliant facility close at hand.

“It shows what can be achieved when our two governments, along with local councils and universities, all work together.”