ABERDEEN, U.K. — A regional alliance in the Aberdeen area has launched its bid for Green Freeport status.
Northeast Scotland Green Freeport aims to bring large-scale, advanced manufacturing to Aberdeen to increase the economic benefit from Scotland’s burgeoning offshore wind and hydrogen sectors and to speed up carbon capture projects on the Buchan coast.
Plans call for establishment of a special economic zone with tax incentives to attract investment and support expansion of existing businesses to innovate and develop the skills needed for new projects.
- A globally recognized integrated energy cluster focused on helping the U.K. deliver net-zero emissions, contributing to national energy and economic security.
- Leveraging private sector investment to attract new manufacturing and subsea engineering companies that can capitalize on opportunities for the regional and Scottish supply chain provided by the ScotWind and INTOG licensing processes.
- Accelerating delivery of the Acorn carbon capture cluster project in northeast Scotland and establishing a direct air capture facility on the Buchan coast.
- Development of a new green hydrogen production and distribution hub to produce the renewable gas for regional and national markets and, ultimately, export.
- Making use of the new Aberdeen South Harbour expansion program, which provides 24-hour non-tidal access and deepwater facilities on the east coast.