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Plans for new University of Aberdeen £100m energy centre

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Image caption The plan is to build the building near the university library

Plans for a new £100m energy research centre have been announced by the University of Aberdeen.

The aim is for a "centre of excellence in research, innovation and teaching to help safeguard society's energy needs".

Industry body Oil and Gas UK welcomed news of the "ambitious" project.

The planned location is near the Sir Duncan Rice Library. It is proposed its construction would be followed by the demolition of the university's Meston Building.

Prof Sir Ian Diamond, principal and vice chancellor of the university, said: "The University of Aberdeen has a long and proud international reputation for world-class research and innovation in energy and science.

"Such ground-breaking research requires cutting-edge facilities, an environment that encourages cross-collaboration in different disciplines, and a 'shop front' suitable for welcoming visits from industry sponsors and other stakeholders.

"The new Energy Building seeks to meet these needs, providing state-of-the-art facilities, and much required capacity, to enhance greatly our research, teaching, collaboration and outreach activities."

Alix Thom, Oil and Gas UK's employment and skills issues manager, said: "We welcome the announcement of an ambitious new building that will bring together scientists involved in research into oil and gas exploration and enhanced oil production."

Members of the public are being invited to hear more about the plan at a public meeting on the first floor of The Hub, on the corner of Elphinstone Road and St Machar Drive, on Wednesday 10 December between 18:30 and 19:30.

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