Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
30th March 2018
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. More on this news at http://renews.biz/110600/mitsubishi-makes-moray-move/ and further background on the project is at http://www.morayoffshore.com/moray-east/the-project/ Further interesting news has recently come with the announcement of a potential "Sector Deal" for offshore wind - see communications below for more.
Wick John O Groats Airport Consultative Committee met this week in the airport. The Committee brings together representatives from carriers Eastern/ Flybe and Loganair, as well as Far North Aviation and local community/ business stakeholders. It was useful to hear of the early views of the carriers following the changes to alliances last Autumn that saw Eastern partnering with Flybe, following the end of the latter's partnership with Loganair. I was particularly interested to hear about the rise in leisure-based traffic on the Wick-Edinburgh service, with groups booking weekend trips to the capital. The Committee is managed by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.
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 lucky enough to have a chance to talk to members of the Highland Youth Parliament's Caithness area forum when it met in Wick recently. Before our very productive discussion on opportunities for the area, the members had spent a morning creating a short video on an issue of their choice - which was transport. It can be viewed at https://m.facebook.com/WickYouthDevelopment/
The latest edition of the Energy North supplement produced by Scottish Provincial Press is out this week. It carries an interesting piece on the development of a "Sector deal" between the offshore wind industry and the UK Government. Scottish Renewables is calling it an opportunity to build on the success of existing projects such as the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project off the Caithness coast. Online link in next week's update!
The Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards are open for nominations, with a range of categories covering all aspects of the industry. Of particular note this year is the Young Ambassador award, reflecting the fact that 2018 is the Year of Young People. You can find out how to nominate someone at http://www.hifoodanddrinkawards.com/
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
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SpaceHub Sutherland: The team continued with a programme of drop-in events on the ground around the area this week, running drop-in events at the Village Hall in Skerray and the Kinlochbervie Hotel. For details on the project and the programme of events see http://www.hie.co.uk/regional-information/area-information/caithness-and-sutherland/uk-space-port/community-engagement.html Energy & Business Services: As previously highlighted, a meeting was held in Thurso to highlight the newly-established DeepWind Offshore Supply Chain Cluster.
Week Commencing 29 April 2019. Energy & Business Services: As we see positive progress with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, and the development of both Moray East and West projects, a new initiative to support supply chain companies to learn more about opportunities will be held in Thurso on 13th May.
Weeks commencing 8th-22nd April 2019. Energy & Business Services: It was good to see the announcement this week by Dounreay that its Decommissioning Services Framework had gone live.
Week Commencing 8th April 2019 Energy & Business Services: It was good to see this week in the Press & Journal's Energy Voice a piece confirming the transformational impact that the Beatrice Offshore project is having on Wick. It is a timely reminder that although the £2.6Bn project is nearing the end of its construction phase, the economic impacts in the north will continue over the lifetime of the project through the operations base in the restored harbourfront buildings in Wick, which will be home to around 90 workers.
Week Commencing 25th March 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team's weekly presence in Tongue continued this week, and June Love from the team also delivered a presentation on the project to members of the Thurso & Wick Trades Union Council at its meeting this week. I attend all of the Trades Council's meetings, so it was good to hear the unanimously positive reaction to June's update from members (see Communications below for feedback on my discussion with members).
Week commencing 18 March 2019. Energy & Business Services: I'm delighted to see yesterday's news that Restore Digital have announced the creation of 39 new job opportunities in Wick.
Weeks commencing 4th & 11th March 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: Further community engagement events have taken place this week - a drop-in event was held in Tongue on Wednesday, followed by a further drop-in event in Wick on Thursday.
Week Commencing 25 February 2019 Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project has passed the 75% mark in its construction phase with the installation this week of the 63rd of 84 turbines The company is also currently advertising for a Wind Turbine Engineer to be based at Wick. http://ssejobs.co.uk/caw/en/job/519979/wind-turbine-engineer Enabling activities: Caithness Chamber of Commerce - in its role as Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) for the North Highlands, Orkney and Shetland - hosted a Brexit Business Breakfast in Thurso today (Friday).
Week Commencing 18th February 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team held two more information events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso. I attended the Thurso event, which saw a steady stream of interested visitors (around 100 in total) asking questions about the background to the project and on the progress it is making.
Week commencing 11 February 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team are holding more events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre (Tuesday 19th February, 15.30-20.00) and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso (Wednesday 20th February, 15.30-20.00).
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