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Its such a shame that the real story is not getting conveyed.
Aberdeen has thrived on the oil industry for the past 40 years and it has generated and accumulated a wealth of individuals, companies and universities that are very intelligent, and used to solving innovative engineering solutions at competivie prices - to survive. We have an amazing cluster of expertise sat right here. As the oil fields mature there are harder problems to solve, but the experts keep solving them, but inevitably there are less projects in the North sea and the expertise disseminates around the world.
It makes perfect sense to make use of this experitse before we lose it. This research and development centre is perfectly located and timed to make the most of all the gains that have been made over the past 40 years. This could prove to be the catalysist to make the North East of Scotland a centre of excellence for the next 40 years using the transferable skills of the oil industry and taking them to the future.
This will inevitably prolong the prosperity of Aberdeen and shire and alieviate the pain that inevitably follows the decline of an industry - coal mining communities, or the steel industry for example.
Its a very positive development - if only the average man on the street in Aberdeen and surrounding area was presented with the true facts rather than the headline grabbing " its going to spoil the view from Mr Trumps golf course !"
Author: James Milne
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