Should the Carbon Capture Scheme based at Peterhead power station go ahead after the Front-end Engineering and Design study (FEED), it has the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
When he visited with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week, Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael explained to the Buchanie the impact the investment could have on Peterhead.
The Liberal Democrat politician, a member of the coalition government, said: “What you’ve got is 2,000 jobs coming in as a consequence of the investment we’ve announced today and that’s in the construction and development phase.
“Hopefully this project will go on to later stages so ultimately you get commercial development here on this site.
“I don’t know what sort of jobs that would bring, but you can be sure they would be good, stable, long-term jobs of the sort that no community can have too many of.”
Mr Carmichael did stress that the touted 2,000 jobs would only open up if the go ahead was given for the project after the FEED study was completed.
The jobs would also be split between the North East and another carbon capture scheme in Yorkshire.