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Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design LimitedThumbnail for article : Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design Limited
A Thurso based engineering firm has secured an industry accreditation award that will boost its reputation internationally and help attract new business.   Envision Engineering and Design Limited created five jobs when it was set up less than a year ago by Liam Sutherland and Stuart Anderson, both of whom are originally from Caithness.  
Subsea7 Caithness - Premier Oil Catcher Area DevelopmentThumbnail for article : Subsea7 Caithness - Premier Oil Catcher Area Development
Offshore activity is ramping up on Premier Oil's Catcher project in the North Sea, with all three Pipeline Bundles now successfully installed.  Subsea 7's Alasdair Farquharson and Tammie Sebire and Jon Taylor of Premier Oil reflect on the significance of the first Bundle launch in Wick..  
Seal of approval for Caithness engineering skillsThumbnail for article : Seal of approval for Caithness engineering skills
An Aberdeen oil and gas company that located its manufacturing operation to Lybster in Caithness says it is delighted with the results.   Torque machine manufacturer Enerquip secured £60,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the £240,000 initial capital equipment and employment costs at Lybster.  
Enterprise Engineering Services Gains Prestigious Welding AccreditationThumbnail for article : Enterprise Engineering Services Gains Prestigious Welding Accreditation
International engineering firm Enterprise Engineering Services (EES), which has a base in Caithness, is one of the first fabrication companies to achieve the Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme accreditation, BS EN ISO 3834.   This demonstrates EES' capabilities for high integrity welding.  
Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehiclesThumbnail for article : Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehicles
Dounreay's beach monitoring fleet has a new look with the addition of new vehicles - the Metrac H5 all-terrain vehicle (ATV).  The H5s are fitted with the same GroundhogTM Evolution monitoring equipment as the current ATVs, so this is a change of looks but not a change of function.  
Dounreay camera innovation wins NDA awardThumbnail for article : Dounreay camera innovation wins NDA award
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority recognised the role played by a Wick-based manufacturer at Dounreay in its national awards for the UK supply chain.   Kongsberg Maritime Ltd supplied a camera capable of working in the harsh radiation environment inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor.  
Kongsberg Camera AwardThumbnail for article : Kongsberg Camera Award
Specially developed KONGSBERG camera receives innovation award from the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Kongsberg Maritime Ltd, the UK arm of Norwegian maritime and offshore technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime, has received the award for Best application of an innovative solution with tangible savings/benefits (SME)' at the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate Supply Chain Awards, held in Manchester this November.   David Craigie, the product designer holding the award.  
Kongsberg Picks Up Supply Chain Award
The winners of this prestigious year's NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards were announced to a packed audience in Manchester.   The awards, launched last year, recognise the contribution of suppliers to the UK's nuclear clean-up mission and were among the highlights of yesterday's NDA Estate Supply Chain Event.  
Subsea 7 invests in pipeline fabrication siteThumbnail for article : Subsea 7 invests in pipeline fabrication site
Subsea 7, a global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services to the offshore energy industry, is investing over 5.5million in refurbishing its pipeline Bundle fabrication site at Wick, Caithness.   Established in 1978, the fabrication site is located six miles north of Wick, Caithness in the North of Scotland.  
Summer placement students prepare for the world of workThumbnail for article : Summer placement students prepare for the world of work
Twenty eight ambitious students, bringing fresh thinking and innovative ideas to businesses across the Highlands and Islands, are gathering to brush up on their skills for the world of work at a residential training course this week Monday 15 - Thursday 18 July.   The students, who come from across Scotland to work for up to twelve weeks with local businesses, are part of the TalentScotland Summer Placement Programme managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Caithness Firm JGC Spotlighted In Latest NDA Newsletter
JGC was founded in Thurso by the current Chairman Jock Campbell, who began supplying welding services to the NDAs Dounreay site and the neighbouring Vulcan naval test base back in 1972.   The company has since expanded into other sectors including oil and gas, becoming more specialised in the process, and now has an annual turnover of 10 million-plus, together with a workforce of 130 people.  
Pipe Bundle At Subsea 7 At WesterThumbnail for article : Pipe Bundle At Subsea 7 At Wester
A pipeline for Elf Exploration UK Limited in the West Franklin Field is well underway at Subsea 7 site at Wester in Caithness.   A one off pipeline bundle 6.24km long due to be completed in November 2013.  
Caithness Firm Beats Hollywood To Ocean DepthsThumbnail for article : Caithness Firm Beats Hollywood To Ocean Depths
Oscar-winning film director James Cameron is rightly celebrating his successful voyage to the bottom of the sea this week...  but a Caithness engineering firm got there first.  
Subsea 7 Gains 63 Million Contract
Seabed-to-surface engineering firm Subsea 7 announced its 63m contract from BP Exploration Operating Company today, safeguarding 100 jobs at the company.   The deal is part of the second phase of the Clair Ridge Project, 75km west of Shetland, which is undergoing 4.5bn investment from BP.  
North Companies take to Global Stage at All-Energy Exhibition
A number of ambitious Caithness companies are heading to Aberdeen this week to target new business at the UK's largest renewable energy event.   The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference this year has attracted over 500 exhibitors from 20 countries across the world.  
Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industryThumbnail for article : Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industry
A Thurso based engineering company which has been supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has successfully diversified into the offshore wind industry.   Calder Engineering Ltd has been supplying cabins to the offshore oil and gas industry for 12 months ago and has recently won a contract to supply them to the renewables industry.  
Camera Manufacturer Zooms in on Innovation
A specialist manufacturer based in Wick which produces cameras for use in some of the most dangerous and inaccessible places on Earth is focused on new opportunities after investing in cutting edge equipment.   Kongsberg Maritime Ltd (KML) has spent over 150,000, including 61,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), to install a Diamond Turning Lathe and monitoring kit which will allow them to develop their own custom built lenses.  
Nathan Mackay Wins Scotland Apprentice Of The Year AwardThumbnail for article : Nathan Mackay Wins Scotland Apprentice Of The Year Award
NATHAN WINS TOP APPRENTICE AWARD Nathan Mackay, 20 from Watten scooped the Scotland Apprentice of the Year award at last weeks National Skills Academy for Nuclear Annual Awards ceremony in Manchester.   Nathan, employed by Rolls Royce at Vulcan completed his Modern Apprenticeship in Instrument Technician in the record time of three years and one month.  
Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) Scrap Metal Helps Local Trials FacilityThumbnail for article : Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) Scrap Metal Helps Local Trials Facility
Scrap metal from the strip-out of the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) secondary sodium circuit cells is being re-used by UKAEA at the T3uk purpose built trials centre at Janetstown, on the outskirts of Thurso.   The redundant steel sections, once used to support pipework within the cells, were identified for re-use to assist with other Dounreay decommissioning projects.  
Dunbeath Engineering To Supply Components For Decommissioning
A local Caithness firm, Dunbeath Engineering Limited (DEL), is investing in new equipment which will allow them to provide another local firm, Orion/D Gow and Son Ltd, with components for a decommissioning-related contract for UKAEA at Dounreay.   DEL manufactures a range of machine tool accessories, which are sold throughout the world.