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An Aberdeen businessman has set out on a crusade to carve out futures in clean, geothermal energy for “oil and gas assets and people”. Tech-Terra managing director and founder Brian Archer believes his newly created company can have a “meaningful impact on the energy transition”. His ambition is to “anchor” the Granite City in geothermal and “get oil and gas companies interested”. It comes at a time when Archer, and many others, have been left pondering what the future might hold for Aberdeen by the latest brutal round of oil industry job cuts. Having made a name for itself in oil and gas, Archer feels the north-east now needs to grow into other industries. “What is Aberdeen going to be good at in the future?” he asked. “Oil and gas is not going away, but some of these skills need to transition. There are only going to be so many wind farm jobs.” For their part, many of the bigger oil and gas companies are looking at clean energy technologies which would fit well with their existing skills sets and infrastructure. They are spending more time weighing up the “big plays” of carbon capture, usage and storage and hydrogen. But geothermal is an “interesting bet”, and one that could be placed in the relatively near future, Archer said. Oil and gas drilling, subsurface and project management skills are “instantly transferable” to geothermal, he claimed.

Energy Voice 3rd Aug 2020 read more »

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