Building a World Leading Clean Energy Island
with Gunther Newcombe, ORION Project Coordinator

Join us for our first in person event of 2022 at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh with the ORION Project’s Gunther Newcombe.

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The ORION Project

ORION is a strategic framework that aims to shape Shetland as a world leading green energy island.

Its vision is transformative and will place Shetland at the heart of cutting-edge clean energy developments, create a highly skilled workforce in the isles, and provide economic security for years to come.

Shetland has played a prominent role in UK energy since the 1970s – with significant infrastructure built at the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal, the Shetland Gas Plant in the North Mainland, and at Lerwick Harbour in the central part of the isles.

But as the world shifts away from fossil fuels in the face of climate change, Shetland must adapt too. That is where ORION comes in.

As a catalyst for change, ORION will encourage collaboration with Shetland stakeholders and projects with a net zero focus to help generate clean, affordable power, help eradicate fuel poverty, protect the environment, and provide job opportunities throughout the isles’ supply chain.

ORION Project Overview (video)

Our Speaker

Gunther has over 40 years of experience working in the energy sector spending 35 years working with BP, in areas ranging from exploration right through to decommissioning in a number of senior leadership positions, including managing BP’s UK terminals and pipelines which included Sullom Voe Terminal. Gunther also spent 5 years as Operations Director with the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) which included the development of energy hubs including Shetland.

At the end of 1Q 2020 Gunther stepped down from the OGA and started working on the development of the ORION energy hub project.

He was awarded an OBE for his services to the oil & gas industry in the Queens 2020 New Year’s Honours list and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.