"We are committed to creating a competitive, responsible and innovative supply chain to help our local economy grow."

Alan James, Managing Director,
Pale Blue Dot Energy

Pale Blue Dot Energy (PBDE) is the lead developer of the Acorn Project (including Acorn CCS) with funding from the UK Government and the European Union, and funding and support from industry partners, Chrysaor, Shell and Total.


Throughout this phase of project development there is a huge amount of work being done to establish the commercial structures and entities that will be responsible for the management, procurement, construction and operations of the various parts of the Acorn Project.

The majority of our procurement activity to the completion of front-end engineering design (FEED) is either in place, or underway with short listed vendors.

Right now, we are developing guidelines for a future Acorn supply chain and our focus is on building a strong database of potential suppliers that can support the detailed design, construction and operation phases of the project.

We are committed to ensuring timely communication of all future supply chain opportunities on the project and are requesting that any company interested in contributing to Acorn CCS registers their interest using our online registration form.




Key procurement activity on Acorn CCS will begin later in 2021 and will continue throughout 2022 and 2023. If you are interested in being kept informed about procurement opportunities, please register your details using the link provided.


Andy McDonald, Head of Low Carbon Transition, Scottish Enterprise
‘Acorn is a critically important piece of Scotland’s energy transition. The CO2 emissions infrastructure that it establishes can help decarbonise our carbon intensive industries into low carbon industries, reduce household CO2 emissions and build on the existing skills and supply chain in the region to safeguard jobs and offer exciting low carbon career prospects to the next generation.’​
Trevor Garlick OBE, Energy Chair, Opportunity North East (ONE)

“The Acorn project is a significant step forward in creating an integrated energy cluster in the North East of Scotland and aligns with ONE’s regional ambition to deliver transformational projects which contribute to Net Zero.

Acorn is set to be a catalyst for the development, deployment and long term operation of new low carbon solutions that will deliver strong economic benefits to the region and support green recovery. Longer-term, it will anchor a broader, more diverse energy supply chain, create high value jobs for local people, drive export growth and help to accelerate a smart, sustainable Net Zero economy for Scotland and the UK.”

Working with local businesses

As part of our commitment to enabling regional opportunities, we are currently working with Scottish Enterprise and other local enterprise organisations to proactively engage with local supply chains.

We understand the importance of ongoing communication throughout the project life cycle to ensure local businesses are kept informed and ready to respond to opportunities as they arise.

Committed to responsible business practice

We are particularly keen to engage with contractors and suppliers who contribute to sustainable development and are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

As the Acorn Project develops, we will continue to grow relationships with contractors and suppliers who follow procurement best practices, adopt appropriate business conduct codes and similar standards.  PBDE will look to contractors and suppliers to demonstrate how these practices are embedded throughout their own activities and the management of their suppliers and sub-contractors.

We are looking for companies to demonstrate their commitment in key areas such as:

  • Business integrity
  • Health, safety, security
  • Climate change and environmental management
  • Social performance
  • Labour and human rights


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