Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

17th November 2017

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. To find out more about the roles, and other information, please see http://www.seacatservices.co.uk/wick/

It's good to see the progress at AGM Batteries in Thurso reflected in its current drive to recruit additional staff. http://caithness-business.co.uk/article/7848 As I have previously mentioned here, the company has been at the forefront of recent developments in the UK regarding battery cell technology, particularly in the automotive industry, with AGM leading a consortium of companies last year awarded funding for research into the next generation of battery technology. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-35643358



Enabling Activities:

I attended a meeting in Thurso this week of the large number of local sports clubs who came together back in 2014/15 to develop the Thurso Sports Hub concept Representatives from Sports Scotland, HighLife Highland also attended, and heard about the very clear need for such facilities in the area. Discussions with local, regional and national bodies have been taking place since 2014 to move forward proposals to develop a facility on Viewfirth field in Thurso, on land currently owned by CNSRP partner the NDA. The project was part of the CNSRP 2014-17 Programme, and although it does not feature on the 2017-2020 Programme, I have offered to bring together potential funding bodies to look at a way forward for the project.



Communications:

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:

The CNSRP Delivery Group continues to work together to help progress the main projects on the CNSRP Programme. This week the group met and discussed progress with projects, as well as discussing and agreeing how projects are assessed and potentially prioritised for active support from partners. This should also allow the current discussions on the remaining opportunity in our programme (Oil & Gas West of Shetland) to be taken forward, agreed, fully scoped and planned.

I'm pleased to have the newly redesigned CNSRP website going live today (Friday) - with the kind support of DSRL and the Developing the Young Workforce programme Navertech have designed a very sleek, modern-looking site, and as part of our continuing work to engage with young people in particular the site now features a developing section titled "The Economy Challenge", where you can manually raise and lower projections for future jobs potential in the key CNSRP priority areas. The Challenge pages http://jobtool.cnsrp.org/ will also provide a link on into CNSRP partner Skills Development Scotland's My World of Work website, where visitors can get more information on some of the job types that might relate to these future opportunities. We will continue to grow this part of the site, working with DYW and SDS along with other partners.

NHS Highland has this week announced a welcome funding increase for ambulance provision in Caithness, which has been the subject of much concern. http://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/News/Pages/InvestmentboostannouncedforAmbulanceServiceinCaithness.aspx

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) this week applied to Highland Council for planning permission for what is being described as "phase three" of the decommissioning of the Dounreay site. The application covers a series of major decommissioning projects due to take place between 2018 and the anticipated "interim end state" date for the site (currently estimated to be reached between 2030 and 2033). We have been working with DSRL to understand the expected staffing profile for DSRL between now and interim end state, and are currently working with DSRL to understand the anticipated supply chain implications for these major projects, which will see significant changes to the Dounreay skyline as buildings are taken down. For more information on the application see https://dounreay.com/2017/11/phase-three-planning-application-submitted/



This and my previous updates are also available to view on the Partnership's Blog on our newly-redesigned CNSRP website at



Eann Sinclair

Programme Manager

Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership

Tel: 01847 805211

Mob: 07717 694055

Mail: eann.sinclair@hient.co.uk

Web: www.cnsrp.org.uk

Twitter: @eanncnsrp

Instagram: eanncnsrp

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - UpdateThumbnail for article : Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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.  

[Printer Friendly Version]