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/
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19 August 2018 Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with Mike Muir of M2 Procurement & Commercial Services. Mike has extensive experience in procurement and commercial services, particularly in the nuclear sector, and I was delighted to hear that M2PCS has recently been awarded a contract to help develop the "Open4Business" portal that SSE has used to advertise many of its supply chain contracts.
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below. 3.
Week Commencing 23 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Following last week's major announcements concerning the vertical satellite launch facility proposed for North Sutherland, it is good to see interest and comment continue to appear in the press. I was particularly delighted to see the pieces in this week's local press with Caithness Chamber's Chief Executive Trudy Morris highlighting the work that has been put in from a number of CNSRP partners in attracting the opportunity to the north.
Week Commencing 16 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Around three years ago, Roy Kirk and colleagues from CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) began to investigate the potential economic benefits of developing a facility somewhere on the north coast from which to launch small scale satellites into polar and sun synchronous orbits. The market for small scale satellite applications continues to grow, with Glasgow already a centre for space industry businesses.
Week commencing 9th July 2018. Energy & Business Services: * Yet another milestone was achieved for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project this week, as the final turbine foundation (number 86 of 86) was installed by contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting.
Partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) have given a warm welcome to Ian Ross as he takes over the role of Independent Chair from Sir Anthony Cleaver. Following a public recruitment campaign Ian Ross this week takes on a two-year contract as Independent Chair of CNSRP, as its partners continue to support the area's economy to transition away from dependence on nuclear decommissioning work.
Week Commencing 17 June 2018 Energy & Business Services: Representatives of Sykes @ Home were in Caithness this week to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers, beginning with a well-supported drop-in recruitment event in Thurso. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands.
Weeks commencing 4th and11th June 2018 Energy & Business Services: I'm looking forward next week to meeting with representatives of Sykes @ Home when they come to Caithness to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise has continued to work on attracting business services opportunities to the north, and this one will be of interest to many people in the area.
Tourism: Interesting to note that Whitbread have this week confirmed an intention to submit planning application to build a Premier Inn in Thurso. The proposal is for ground near Thurso railway station, and the news has been given a cautious welcome, with some questions about effects on existing hotel businesses.
Weeks Commencing 7th - 21st May 2018 Energy & business services: As the first towers for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm arrive in Nigg this week, Crown Estate Scotland has begun looking ahead to the next generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland. The Moray Firth has been a real focal point for offshore wind in Scotland, with the Beatrice project set to enter its operation and maintenance phase in 2019 and the Moray Offshore project currently moving towards financial close during 2018.
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