Monday, 11 January 2021 12:03

Energetica – Scotland’s Energy Corridor

Energetica is a 25-year programme that seeks to create a world-class development corridor that is internationally recognised as the location of choice for oil & gas, energy and technology organisations of all sizes.

Conceived in 2007, the programme is being managed in partnership by Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council.

A global showcase for energy technology development and energy efficiency, Energetica aims to create an exemplar and innovative, sustainable development corridor within a natural and built coastal environment seeking to integrate two key components - sustainable economic growth and quality of life.

The Energetica Corridor stretches over 30-miles from Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, north to Peterhead and west around Aberdeen International Airport. It is becoming a leading destination for innovation, knowledge, learning and skills in current and future energy generation, hosting the organisations and research institutions that will collaborate to meet the world’s energy challenges.

Significant investment in transport infrastructure, ready access to energy industry know-how and an established supply chain are among the reasons that Energetica is an attractive investment opportunity.

Work has now begun on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), a £745million roads project which is due for completion by winter 2017. Along with the dualling of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty, through the heart of the corridor, the AWPR will improve traffic flow and open the north-east of Scotland to better connections between north and south of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen International Airport is one of the best connected regional airports in the UK, with 25 hub departures every weekday. Currently in its first stage of its biggest transition in over 35 years, the multi-million pound terminal transformation project will see the expansion of the departures lounge, new catering and retail space, international arrivals improvements, a new expanded security search area, and increased executive lounge capacity.

Peterhead is one of the UK’s most versatile ports, offering all-weather deepwater berthing facilities and serving both fishing and energy sectors. Plans have been unveiled for a £47million investment into Peterhead Harbour. Proposals drawn up by Peterhead Port Authority would develop the facility into a fully integrated, state-of-the-art fishing hub by the end of 2016, whilst maintaining capacity for supply and maintenance vessels associated with the energy sector.

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead. This marks an important step forward for offshore wind technology, and potentially opens attractive new markets for renewable energy production worldwide.

Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017.

At the gateway to the corridor, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is a £333million investment to create a 10,000 capacity arena as well as exhibition, conferencing and hotel facilities set in an attractive landscaped environment close to the Airport and AWPR junction.

There are currently eight business parks that can accommodate a variety of uses and sizes of property from single desk start-ups to large scale HQ office developments, with a ninth park also coming forward.

A key area of development is around Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) where three new business parks are under development. Officially opened in January 2015, D2 Business Park is already hosting international firms like BP, Emerson and ASCO, with serviced sites still available.

Neighbouring Aberdeen International Business Park comprises up to 1 million sq ft of proposed development within forty acres of a beautifully landscaped business park. In Scotland’s biggest single office letting deal, Phase 1 was pre-let to Aker Solutions.

Nearby ABZ is a major international commercial park, home to global oil and gas technology companies, such as Bowtech Products’ headquarters. Located on the approach to AIA, connectivity is one of ABZ's primary benefits.

Adding to ABZ Business Park’s credentials, national hotel and leisure developer Dominvs Group recently completed the construction of two major new hotels with a combined value of £25million. Dominvs opened a 190 bedroom 3-star Holiday Inn Express in June 2015 and 165 bedroom 4-star Crowne Plaza hotel in September 2015.

In the heart of Energetica, Enerfield Business Park is specifically designed to complement the wider landscape. Enerfield is nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside, adjacent to the A90 Aberdeen to Peterhead road, with access to the planned Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

The planned Energetica Commercial Park in Peterhead will offer cost effective development opportunities, ideal for companies seeking to get involved in the emerging decommissioning and renewable sectors and within easy reach of Peterhead Harbour.

The Core is a 100 acre business park offering high quality and bespoke office, industrial, workshop, warehouse and leisure facilities which lies at the gateway to the Energetica Corridor. It plays a key role in attracting investment and new business to the Energetica Corridor, with an aim to be one of the UK’s most energy efficient, low carbon business communities.

The Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks already houses over 80 companies, with more tailored packages available, and the Balmacassie Commercial Park in Ellon offers an alternative location for businesses seeking to find a site outside of, but with close proximity to Peterhead and Aberdeen.

A ninth business park at Blackdog, just north of Aberdeen is currently progressing through the planning process. Located at a key junction on the northern leg of the AWPR this 64 acre site will offer a mix of office, retail and other commercial space from 2017 onwards.

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