Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
11th March 2017
Week Commencing 6 March 2017
Energy & business services:
Atlantis Resources Ltd has this week announced that Phase 1A of the MeyGen project has been awarded full accreditation by Ofgem. Phase 1A is now an accredited 6MW tidal stream generating station and will receive 5 ROCS/MWh. Ofgem has determined that the accreditation is effective from 8 November 2016, so all power produced since the first turbine came on stream will receive this level of ROCS.
This week has seen work commencing on the construction of the Operations & Maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL), with some road restrictions now in place around Wick harbourfront to allow work to begin.
Tourism, Food & Drink:
· Delighted to see this week's announcement from Dunnet Bay Distillery of expansion plans for its premises at Dunnet. Martin and Claire Murray have made remarkable progress since establishing the business in 2014 and launching the award-winning Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka. The business now employs 12 people, and the expansion, which has been supported by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will allow increased production capacity at the distillery and will create visitor facilities to capitalise on the brands' successes as well as the increasing visitor numbers being see as the North Coast 500 attracts global attention to the area. http://news.hie.co.uk/all-news/major-expansion-at-caithness-distillery/
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.
· The team behind the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project have produced a brand new website for the project, bringing together useful project background with up to date information of employment opportunities and supply chain work. The site is now live at https://www.beatricewind.com/
· Next Thursday will see a public presentation by Linda Ross, a PhD candidate at the UHI Centre for History, who is carrying out research on the history of Dounreay. Her talk, entitled "Housing the Atomics" will be in Caithness Horizons on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm. To book a place contact the venue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01847 896508. http://www.caithnesshorizons.co.uk/
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01847 805211
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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.
Week commencing 26 June 2017. Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.
Update Week commencing 19 June 2017 Tourism Food & Drink: · CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) this week published a baseline report on the economic impact of the North Coast 500 route which covers the whole of the north mainland. The report highlights the impact of the route's global profile, and suggests that 200 new jobs could be created as a result.
Week commencing 12th June 2017. Energy & business services: The offshore construction phase of the Caithness- Moray programme to enhance the north's electricity distribution grid has reached a significant milestone with the laying of the first sections of the subsea cable across the Moray Firth.
Following the end of the two recent election periods, congratulations to all our new and returning Highland Councillors, and to our new MP. This is a short message to update you on activities relating to the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) during the two election periods.
Week 27 March 2017 Energy & business services: Following last week's news that it has received consent from Scottish Government for its proposed Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project off the north Caithness coast, this week Hexicon has announced a €45 million funding boost which will allow it to begin construction on the project. http://renews.biz/106475/hexicon-swells-dounreay-coffers/ The offshore construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project also progresses, with the arrival off Caithness of the huge vessel Stanislav Yudin.
Week Commencing 20th March 2017 Energy & business services: Last week Swedish company Hexicon was given consent from Scottish Government for its Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project. As previously highlighted here, the company has announced commitments to work with Scrabster Harbour Trust to establish an Operations & Maintenance base for the project, and with North Highland College UHI to establish apprenticeship training, should it reach financial closure.
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