Energetica – The Energy Corridor’s sister district in bustling Aberdeen, Scotland – got an up-close and personal tour of what is becoming Houston’s most lively center for work, during the Offshore Oil and Technology Conference (OTC).
The Energy Corridor District’s Clark Martinson led several Scottish dignitaries representing Energetica on a private tour May 7, including the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and council members from both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
Scotland’s energy capital, Aberdeen shares much in common with Houston and The Energy Corridor District. Several Energy Corridor companies also have offices there, and it’s where multinational oil and gas services company the Wood Group calls home. Numerous Energy Corridor employees regularly visit Aberdeen on business.
In its first five years, Energetica has attracted nearly $405 million worth of investment. The Scottish district’s vision is similar to The Energy Corridor’s: create a sustainable development corridor attractive to energy, research and technology companies. Energetica covers a 30-mile swath from Aberdeen to Peterhead, along Scotland’s scenic North Sea coastline.
The OTC tour provided a “best practices” view of what is making The Energy Corridor attractive to both companies and their employees, explains Martinson, General Manager of the District.
“Energetica, like The Energy Corridor District, is working to build a special place to work and live,” Martinson says. “Similar to our approach in Houston, they work to strengthen Aberdeen’s position as a global energy hub. As sister management districts, Energetica and The Energy Corridor District can learn from each other.”
It’s the second year in a row that Aberdeen dignitaries and influencers have taken an Energy Corridor District tour.