AREG NEWS: A snapshot of February for the AREG team and what’s coming up next

February 27, 2023

It’s been a busy month for AREG preparing for the year ahead and getting out and about to connect with members and stakeholders.

Earlier this month Jean Morrison, Beverley Stainton and Nassima Brown, director of strategy at FENNEX Ltd, met with Bob Sanguinetti for a tour of the Port of Aberdeen’s new South Harbour. It was fantastic to see the project, which makes Aberdeen the largest berthage port in Scotland.

In February, we also attended Global Under Water Hub’s Subsea Expo 2023 at P&J Live. AREG chair Jean Morrison and CEO David Rodger attended the world’s largest annual subsea exhibition and conference and toured the exhibition hall meeting many of the delegates and exhibitors. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with many familiar faces from our membership community.

David also chaired the Offshore Wind: Subsea Opportunities session alongside Sarah Miller, business growth manager at Opergy Group, Russell Rafferty, business development manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Stephen Molloy, principal engineer at Apollo and Jamie McCallum, senior engineer at Wood. The session covered the current and future landscape of the offshore wind sector.

Our year will end in March with AREG and Invest Aberdeen hosting a Trade Mission from France who are keen to find out what Scotland’s North-east could offer potential investors and the supply chain.

We are looking forward to the year ahead where we will build on the successful Energy Futures Conference with our Energy Futures webinars and network events as well as planning AREG’s 20th anniversary celebrations towards the end of 2023.

Keep your eyes peeled to find out more about what we have in store for 2023!

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise