AREG Webinar – Hydrogen – SGN and Wood

November 3, 2020
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Date(s) - November 3, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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With hydrogen predicted to be worth up to £18 billion for the UK economy by 2035, many companies are exploring how they can be part of an H2 future.

As the original energy transition organisation, AREG is working on behalf of our 160 member companies to champion the north east so that businesses are well placed to seize new opportunities for both green and blue hydrogen.

In our hydrogen webinar, we were pleased to invite SGN and Wood to discuss current and future hydrogen projects as well as business opportunities for the supply chain in the north east and the wider UK context.

The full recording for this webinar is now available here and below:


Lorna Archer – Hydrogen Project Officer, SGN
Lorna joined SGN in 2018 with a background in energy, education and engagement. Before coming to SGN, Lorna had previously worked on hydrogen projects in renewable energy education and in economic development, specialising in offshore wind. Lorna is now working on key heat decarbonisation projects within the Energy Futures team at SGN and is involved in the delivery of H100 Fife.

SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. With central heating accounting for up to a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas output, SGN’s H100 Fife project is a pioneering plan for a world-first green hydrogen heating network for homes.

Alan Mortimer – Director of Innovation, Clean Energy, Wood
Alan graduated from Glasgow University in 1987 with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1991, Alan joined ScottishPower, working in renewables development, policy and innovation. Alan joined Wood in 2013 as director of innovation in renewables where his role includes helping grow Wood’s clean hydrogen business and supporting clients with all aspects of the Energy Transition.

Wood provides consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people. The company’s ability to successfully deliver hydrogen projects draws on a multidisciplinary approach; combining significant experience in hydrogen production and handling technologies together with Wood’s sector-leading clean energy knowledge.

Gordon McIntosh, AREG board member, was the facilitator.


Get in touch

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