Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
28th February 2015
Week Commencing 23rd February 2015
Energy & Business Services
Energy & Utility Skills and Scottish & Southern Energy have this week been advertising an exciting Employability Programme, based in part from North Highland College UHI in Thurso. The programme is aimed at people for whom finding work in the energy sector without previous experience is proving to be a barrier. It is a 10 week voluntary programme of training and work experience. A "Visibility Day" is being held at North Highland College's ETEC for those interested in taking part in the programme, and interested people are invited to apply by Wednesday 4th March. For more details and to apply please see http://www.brilliant-thinking.co.uk/jobs/vacancies/154/apply/ or please email susanne.marshall[AT]euskills.co.uk
The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced the recipients of "Contracts for Difference" in the Onshore and Offshore Wind sector this week. There was no offer made in this round to Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL), one of the two consortiums developing offshore wind sites in the Moray Firth. The other consortium, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), has already received a contract offer, and is in detailed discussion with Wick Harbour Authority (WHA) regarding its requirements. The development of Wick Harbour for energy sector uses is one of the major projects on CNSRP's high-level programme, and WHA is being supported in these important discussions by CNSRP partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Cavendish Nuclear (whose Shona Kirk has been seconded part-time to WHA to help with project management). https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-leading-auctions-to-provide-major-green-electricity-boost
Tourism, Food & Drink
Congratulations to Jim and Mary Cowie and their team at the Captain's Galley restaurant in Scrabster for scooping the award for UK Sustainable Restaurant of the Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Association's awards ceremony in London this week. Jim and Mary were presented with their award by renowned chef, TV personality and President of the SRA Raymond Blanc. http://awards2015.thesra.org/sustainable-restaurant/4588483952
Caithness Science Festival returns in March with another full programme of events. The Festival is supported by CNSRP partners the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (via its role as coordinators of the STEM North of Scotland project). More on the Festival, which starts on Tuesday 17th March at 6.30pm in Pulteneytown Academy in Wick, at http://www.science03.org/thefestival2015.html
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP's partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week:
· Scottish Government announced this week a package of funding to be delivered through Wave Energy Scotland, the body set up with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to help accelerate the development of technologies in the wave sector. Details of the announcement are at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Over-14-million-for-Wave-Energy-Scotland-1662.aspx
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Highland Council Offices, Rotterdam Street, Thurso KW14 8AB
Tel: 01847 805520
Mob: 07717 694055
Weeks commencing 20th and 27th November 2017 Energy & business services: Delighted to hear that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, had a good level of interest at its recruitment event in Wick last week. SeaCat is seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and I understand that several applications are now being taken forward.
Week Commencing 13 November 2017 Energy & business services: A reminder that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick next week for those interested in working on the vessels. SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Energy & business services: SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick for those interested in working on the vessels (see my blog for pictures of the SeaCat Intrepid already based in Wick). SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Week commencing 30th October 2017 Energy & business services: The operators of the Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm development (also known as "Moray 1") have announced this week that MHI Vestas has been awarded the contract to supply and install up to one hundred 9.5MW turbines for the development. The Vestas brand will be familiar to many through its use in onshore wind turbines: as previously highlighted here, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium will be using Siemens turbines.
Weeks commencing 16th and 23rd October 2017. Energy & business services: It was great to be invited this week to take part in a visit to the area by Japanese nuclear industry and government representatives.
Week commencing 25 September 2017 Tourism, Food and Drink: · Last weekend saw the staging of the annual "Taste North" event organised at Ackergill Tower by Venture North with support from a range of organisations including CNSRP partner the NDA. Despite the less than ideal weather, the event attracted a record number of visitors (around 1,000), and a range of food, drink and tourism companies from across the north, and featured a range of activities and demonstrations, including masterclasses with renowned chef Nick Nairn.
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects. The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.
Week Commencing 4 September 2017 Enabling Activities: As I highlighted last week CNSRP partners Highland Council and NDA have supported Scottish Government to carry out investigation work into the improvement of the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes, which aims to improve the notorious hairpin bend. The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route.
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.
Weeks commening 31st July and 7th August Energy & business services: As I highlighted recently, the company behind the proposed floating offshore windfarm demonstrator off the coast near Dounreay recently went into into administration. Administrators French Duncan have opened a "data room" for potential buyers.
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