Low-carbon energy projects in the north-east could create up to 20,600 jobs in the next ten years, a new report has predicted.
A range of projects currently in various stages of planning, including the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen, and direct air capture (Dac) technology, are part of what is being called the “Scottish cluster”. This is being led by partners behind the Acorn CCS and hydrogen schemes at St Fergus near Peterhead, Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy, alongside other regional stakeholders including Scotland’s largest emitters of carbon at Grangemouth.
Recently Grangemouth owner Ineos and its joint venture partner at the site, PetroChina, committed to developing Scotland’s first CCS project with Acorn.
The cluster is currently vying for a share of up to £1bn of UK Government funding through the CCS track 1 cluster programme, and estimate the work would start supporting jobs as early as 2022.
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