Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
4th November 2017
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. http://renews.biz/108965/moray-confirms-mhi-vestas/
Caithness Chamber of Commerce will next week be hosting a Cyber Strong workshop for businesses. As part of a programme of events across the Highlands sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) the event will help local businesses and social enterprises achieve national Cyber Essentials accreditation. The industry and government recognised certification scheme helps businesses minimise the risk of a cyber attack, and demonstrates that they are taking the measures needed to protect themselves and their clients' data. The event will take place in Thurso on Tuesday 7th November - to find out more and to book a place see http://caithnesschamber.com/events/get-cyber-strong-with-hie
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:
I was out at the Dounreay site this week to attend a meeting of the Dounreay Socio-economic Board, which brings together DSRL, the NDA, Dounreay unions to guide the nuclear partners' inputs to socio-economic activities. The Dounreay MD Phil Craig chaired the discussion on CNSRP projects, and on specific requests for support in delivering activities. Delighted with the support (along with constructive challenge) from the meeting, which will enable CNSRP partner HIE to move forward with some important activities in the coming months.
I enjoyed an opportunity to take over HIE's Instagram account this week, where I have been highlighting the work HIE and other CNSRP partners undertake, as well as the investments already made which are helping with the economic transition process for our area. Social media continues to be an important way of communicating progress, and I continue to coordinate CNSRP messages across social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can find details of CNSRP social media addresses below.
SPP's Energy North supplement was published last week in all SPP titles across the Highlands and Moray. The usual range of topical news items is complemented this month with a very touching tribute to the late Calum Davidson, who as Director of Energy & Low Carbon at HIE did so much to advance the cause of the offshore renewables industry in particular. The publication is now online to read at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=eb2de3b9-a503-4fe9-8d36-b99a4ffc107d
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Week commencing 16th April 2018 Tourism: In the week that we celebrated World Heritage Day it is good to see Highland Council advertising for a fixed term post to progress the long-held aspiration that the Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland become a UNESCO World Heritage area. You can view the job description and background to the appointment at https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/world-heritage-project-co-ordinator-114206 Enabling activities: Recruitment continues this week for the successor to CNSRP Independent Chair Sir Anthony Cleaver, whose last meeting as Chair of the Partnership's Executive Board will be in June this year after ten years successfully leading CNSRP's programme of work.
Week Commencing 26th March 2018 Energy & Business services: As progress continues with the onshore and offshore construction of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, news comes this week that the other offshore wind development in the Moray Firth has seen a change to its consortium of ownership. A 33.4% stake in the Moray East project has been taken by Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, bringing them on board with existing shareholders EDPR and Engie.
Week Commencing 19th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Interesting this week to read news of continuing interest in Floating Offshore Wind on the north cost of Caithness and Sutherland. As I've previously mentioned here, the Dounreay Tri project intended to build a Floating Offshore demonstrator project at a site around 6km north of Dounreay, but following that company's entering into administration the future for the development was uncertain.
Week Commencing 12th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Crown Estate Scotland has announced that following last September's Contracts for Difference auction, which demonstrated a sharp fall in the cost of offshore wind electricity, it will now consult industry and government on further leasing rounds for offshore wind. Marine Scotland will lead a planning process to identify potential new sites, which will include both fixed and floating offshore wind.
Week Commencing 5th March 2018. Energy & Business services: An interesting update report in today's John O'Groat Journal, which highlights that Fraser Well Management has been appointed to carry out work on the "Wick well" oil field off the Caithness coast at Lybster.
Week commencing 19th February 2018. Energy & Business services: Good to see the installations of pontoons in Wick's Inner Harbour progressing, as part of the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project.
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.
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