Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
20th February 2016
Energy & Business Services:
It was good to speak last week with Magnus Davidson of Thurso's Environmental Research Institute (ERI) about the transnational EU-funded project called REGINA. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of small communities in remoter areas of the Nordic Arctic and Scotland which face the development - or closing down of - large-scale industries. North Highland College is the Scottish partner, and Caithness/ North Sutherland provides an ideal focal point, with the decommissioning at Dounreay happening in parallel with opportunities from the renewables sector (particularly offshore wind and tidal stream). http://www.nordregio.se/Nordregio-Research/REGINA/
Good to see a further update today (Friday 19th February 2016) from Atlantis Resources on the MeyGen tidal energy project in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. The MeyGen Newsletter provides a very comprehensive progress update on ground works at Ness of Quoys, as well as grid connections and turbine technology updates from both Atlantis and Andritz Hammerfest. The work being done by JGC Engineering Services features in the update, as it also did in the CNSRP Annual Review, which was published at the start of this month (see Communications below). http://www.atlantisresourcesltd.com/media-centre/meygen-news/400-publication-of-meygen-project-newsletter.html
Work continues on the multi-million pound "Flows to the Future" development at Forsinard. Thurso-based O'Brien Construction is currently building the £1.9M Field Centre which will provide accommodation and research facilities for international research students as well as schools and university groups. The project is co-ordinated by the Peatlands Partnership, and has already delivered a new Observatory at Forsinard, also built by O'Brien Construction. http://www.flowstothefuture.com/index.html It was also good to catch up today (Friday) in Bettyhill with Fiona Mackenzie and Frances Gunn from Strathnaver Museum and to hear some of the ambitious plans for the museum as a community and cultural hub.
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:
Good to see that the publication of the CNSRP 2015 Annual Review continues to attract coverage in local and regional media. I was able to do a short piece on BBC Highland News this week with reporter Kevin Mackenzie, focusing on the progress to date, and looking at our projections for the next 15 years. It has also been good to get positive feedback from local people who have received copies of the report. An electronic copy of the Annual Review is available to download at http://www.cnsrp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/CNSRP-Annual-Review-2015.pdf
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Energy & business services: Staff from AGM Batteries were represented at a business breakfast event this week (see communications below), and it is great to see their recent success recognised in today's John o' Groat Journal. The company, which is based on Thurso's Business Park, has been awarded a £1.48 million grant through the UK Government's Faraday Battery Challenge.
Week Commencing 29th January 2018. Energy & business services.
Energy & business services: The Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme is now open for applications. Financial support through the programme has been designed to encourage innovation of both design and business models.
Week commencing 15th January 2018 Enabling activities: It is always great to see an innovative Caithness company being recognised - this time Norscot Joinery, whose partnership with Strathclyde University through the Interface programme, is up for Innovation of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. http://www.bqlive.co.uk/scotland/2018/01/11/news/scottish-knowledge-exchange-awards-finalists-announced-29865/ Business Gateway (managed in the Highlands by CNSRP partner the Highland Council) will be running two workshops for businesses interested in boosting their digital profile.
Week Commencing 8 January 2018 Energy & business services: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - the suppliers of the turbines for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm - are advertising several new roles to be based at the operations base in Wick. See http://forum.caithness.org/forumdisplay.php?22-Job-Vacancies.
Week Commencing 1st January 2018. Energy & business services: 2018 promises to be another year of exciting change in the energy sector, and to highlight how things have progressed in the north the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm team have produced a short booklet outlining the significant milestones that have been achieved during 2017 - you can access the booklet at https://www.beatricewind.com/single-post/2017/12/22/lookingbackat2017 .
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.
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