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Member News16th Jan 2024

Scotland’s energy secretary visits Port of Aberdeen

The Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy Neil Gray MSP visited the Port of Aberdeen January 15 to learn more about developments there. Following last September’s £420mn expansion, the port will boost the economy and support Scotland’s Just Transition, the port said January 16. 

During his visit, Mr Gray (below, second from left) learned about the port’s evolution into a world-class marine logistics hub for the offshore wind industry. The briefing covered a proposed multi-million pound dredging project which will enable floating wind operations, which the Scottish government is backing.

Mr Gray said the port was “a hugely important gateway to Scotland’s economy and a catalyst for growth in energy, trade and tourism in the northeast and across the country.”

Port of Aberdeen CEO Bob Sanguinetti (far left) said the port now could support 17,500 jobs and deliver £2.4bn gross value added but only if the oil and gas industry remained strong. “An abrupt decline could severely impact the port,” it said.

Credit: Michal Wachucik/Abermedia