Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
18th December 2016
Week Commencing 12 December 2016
Energy & business services:
Good to see news yesterday (Thursday) that the second phase of the Meygen project has reached financial closure, allowing construction to take place in the inner sound of the Pentland Firth in 2017. The project will be taken forward by Stroma Tidal Power Ltd, a wholly owned company of Atlantis Resources Ltd. A good summary of progress and plans is contained at the website of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/meygen-tidal-stream-project-receives-14m-for-next-construction-phase
· The Reporter appointed to lead the Public Local Inquiry (PLI) into the Berriedale Braes Improvement Scheme issued her final report late last week. The letter to Transport Scotland confirms the Reporter's view that the proposed Improvement Scheme should go ahead unamended. As previously highlighted here the Berriedale improvements have been a part of the CNSRP Programme over a long period, and support in developing the plans has come from CNSRP partners the NDA and Highland Council. The relevant documents, including a copy of the final PLI Report, are at https://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=116958&T=20
· A very useful meeting took place this week of a group brought together under the Highlands and Islands Science Skills Academy to take forward the "Newton Rooms" concept, which seeks to provide additional inspirational learning opportunities for young people. The development of the project in the Highland Council area has been greatly helped by the Inverness City-Region Deal, and we are now planning a first Newton Room in Caithness.
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:
Welcome news this week that following a period of uncertainty regarding the future of EU Programmes following the UK Referendum, the Highland LEADER Programme is encouraging potential applicants to come forward with project ideas. Funding of over £6.6 million is available for projects that will benefit communities across the Highlands, and Scottish Government has confirmed that LEADER funds can be committed up until the point the UK leaves the EU. The LEADER Programme promoting economic and community development within rural areas, and has Local Area Partnerships in both Caithness and Sutherland. More info on the Highland Programme is at http://www.highlandleader.com Also this week saw the launch of the Beatrice Partnership Fund, the community benefit fund set up for the communities affected by the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project. The Fund will be £4M for the part of the Highland Council area affected, and further information on it is available at http://sse.com/beingresponsible/responsiblecommunitymember/localcommunityfunds/beatricepartnershipfund/
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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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