Claims that the development of the Energetica corridor has stalled have been dismissed by the partners in the project.
Buchan councillor, Alan Buchan, stated recently that progress on the corridor, which stretches from Peterhead to Aberdeen, had been ‘stalled for years’, but the claims have been strongly rejected by the partners.
In a statement to the Buchanie, they said: “Energetica is a key project of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) and is already recognised as Scotland’s energy corridor. Its success will be fundamental to maintaining the north-east as a global energy hub, spanning oil and gas and renewables expertise.
“Energetica is attracting considerable private and public sector backing. More than £600 million of investment is underway in the development of five business parks in the corridor, including the Energetica Industry Park at Peterhead and ABZ and D2 adjacent to Aberdeen Airport.
“The ACSEF partners - the City and Shire councils, Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Skills Development Scotland and VisitScotland – believe that Energetica will deliver major, long term economic benefits for the whole region.”
Energetica project director, Derek McCrindle, also pointed out that the project was actually gaining momentum, borne out by the increasing levels of investment within the corridor.
Mr McCrindle said: “The claim that the project has stalled has no foundation. All the partners are fully committed to Energetica and the work to deliver the vision is gaining increasing momentum.
“Significant public and private sector investment is driving forward a number of projects within the overall scheme and the next phase of the delivery plan is due to be unveiled soon.
“Energetica is recognised as a project of international significance which will deliver long term economic benefits across the whole of Aberdeen city and shire.
“At a local level, Peterhead Port Developments and Peterhead Decommissioning Ltd are very much involved in working as part of the Peterhead Energy Hub to establish the town as a centre for excellence in the renewable, decommissioning and subsea industries.”