Drive to diversify on the agenda at AREG event

May 27, 2019
Drive to diversify on the agenda at AREG event

An industry event is set to explore new opportunities in the renewables sector as companies look to embrace the energy transition.

The Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), in partnership with Subsea UK, is hosting a business breakfast at the Music Hall on Friday (May 31) which will showcase organisations who have diversified from oil and gas into renewables.

Chinese state-owned engineering services firm COES Caledonia (UK) Limited, which recently launched in Dundee, and marine geophysical-geotechnical specialists Pangeo Subsea will share stories about how they have successfully moved into new sectors.

Delegates will be given an update on the city’s new state-of-the-art P&J Live event complex. Richard Sweetnam, chief officer of city growth at Aberdeen City Council will provide an insight into this high-profile project and its importance to the city region.

The audience will also hear from Paul O’Brien of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) who will discuss the new DeepWind Offshore Wind cluster which will cover the Highlands and Islands area as well as Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as part of the UK’s £250m Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

Jean Morrison, chair of AREG said: “This is a fantastic line-up of speakers, from those sharing success stories of successful diversification to first-hand updates on major projects including TECA and the DeepWind Offshore Wind Cluster.

“The energy transition is going to have significant importance for the region and we want our members to be in a leading position when new opportunities become available. I would encourage those with an interest in energy and diversification to come along and get involved.”

The event takes from 7.30-9.30am on Friday (May 31) at the Music Hall in Aberdeen. Attendance is free for AREG members and £25 for non-members.

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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