Aberdeen City and Shire is an unrivalled global centre for the energy industry. With more than 40 years of knowledge and experience working in one of the harshest marine environments in the world, coupled with a “can do, will do” spirit, makes the place and its people very special indeed.

Being passionate about energy in all its forms, our industry relishes the challenges presented by the emerging renewable technologies and the opportunity to help create whole new energy sectors on an industrial scale.

Outward looking, entrepreneurial and mobile, our companies and organisations are active in 65 markets around the globe and will be in the vanguard for opening up new overseas markets and helping to create new sources of power and industrial capability wherever they are needed.

Primarily famed for offshore skills, our industry and organisations are out in all conditions, making a difference in projects as diverse as onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal, bioenergy, CHP, renewable heat, geothermal, solar, PV, hydrogen, hydro and grid.

With over 1,000 local energy companies and over 34,000 people employed in the workforce, our energy industry is extremely effective when mobilised. All the skills and assets required for opportunity assessment and development, consenting, engineering, procurement, installation, commissioning, project management, operations and maintenance and output optimisation are to be found in and through the energy industry in Aberdeen City and Shire.

The multitude of local skills include:

  • Environmental, engineering, technical, commercial, legal, intellectual property, insurance, and risk assessment diligence services
  • Engineering design, prototyping, fabrication, certification
  • Modelling, project design, fabrication, commissioning, installation, management
  • Vessels, access, offshore services, anchoring, dynamic positioning, transhipment and decommissioning
  • Cable laying, trenching, moorings, electrical controls, temporary and portable power
  • Operations, maintenance, inspection, instrumentation, condition and performance monitoring, corrosion prevention, NDT, decontamination
  • Logistics, emergency response, standards, training, health and safety
  • Geotechnical, geophysical, oceanography, meteorology

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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