Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is considering to support the geothermal energy industry in North East Scotland following the conclusion of the feasibility projects at Hill of Banchory and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 28 February 2017
All projects were engaged in follow up meetings with the Scottish Government to agree next steps in respect of the conclusions of their individual feasibility reports in order to continue to progress the projects. Where appropriate, financial support was offered on a co-funded basis to the projects. It was a matter for the projects themselves and the project partners (such as land owners and heat off takers, highlighted in the feasibility work) to decide whether or not to pursue development at this stage. We have not had confirmation from either party that they are in a position to proceed. We remain in contact with the developers of both projects and will continue to pursue the development of a geothermal project.