At a time when much of the oil & gas industry is slashing costs, Aberdeen’s Balmoral Group is investing £20million in an ultra-deepwater test facility.
A new £25 million green energy centre at St Andrews University will put the institution at the “cutting-edge” of environmentally-friendly technology, according to a Scotland Office minister. The project will create 225 jobs and it is hoped the site at Guardbridge will help regenerate part of north-east Fife, with apprenticeships and opportunities in the construction of the centre. The scheme is part of a drive by St Andrews to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral university. The biomass facility will use only virgin roundwood, locally sourced from forests, and hot water from the plant will be pumped underground to heat and cool laboratories and student residences in St Andrews.
Petrotechnics has opened a new competency and training centre in Aberdeen. The company said the new facility will offer increased capacity to meet the growing demand for a range of courses.
The next generation of scientists and engineers could be encouraged and nurtured at a new centre in Aberdeen. Technology company 3M has opened a Customer Engagement Centre (CEC) in Altens which has been created to help develop innovative ideas across the oil and gas sector.