Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

25th August 2018

WeekCommencing 20th August 2018

Energy & Business Services:

Good to see another Beatrice milestone being reached this week, with the news that all of the inter-array cabling for the development has now been completed. With the crew transfer vessels based in Wick now able to use the new pontoon berths at the harbour the project is reaching the critical phase where construction work and operations work are both moving ahead quickly. The Board of Crown Estate Scotland were in Wick this week (see Communications below for more) and were able to make the trip out from Wick to the project site, to see the huge amount of work going on using jack-up vessels like the Pacific Orca. Crown Estate Scotland is currently conducting a consultation into future seabed leasing for offshore projects, with next Friday (31st August) being the deadline for responses. http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/have-your-say-on-offshore-wind-leasing-one-month-to-go

One of the area's unsung success stories received some excellent local coverage this week, with Gordon Calder's piece in today's (Friday's) John O Groat Journal on the additional employment being created at AMTE Power Ltd in Thurso. AMTE Power is one of two innovative battery technology companies located on CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise's (HIE’s) Thurso Business Park, with both AMTE (trading as AGM Batteries) and Denchi Power making significant forward progress with their respective products. AMTE took over AGM Batteries in 2013. (http://www.agmbatteries.com/). The current expansion in jobs in Thurso follows a partnership agreed with Qinetiq, and you can read more at https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Jobs-boost-for-AMTE-Power-in-Thurso-23082018.htm

UKVL Sutherland:

HIE and space industry partners this week began a programme of engagement with communities local to the proposed Sutherland Spaceport. The initial information events were held as drop-in sessions in Melness Hall and Tongue Hall. Staff from CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and space industry partners Lockheed Martin & Orbex Space were present to answer a range of questions from the over 100 people who came to the two events.

Communications:

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 contribute a regular article on CNSRP activities to the bi-monthly "One Dounreay" magazine. Like my contribution to last week’s John O’ Groat Journal, my article for the forthcoming Dounreay magazine will focus on the opportunities that could be delivered through the proposed Spaceport in north Sutherland. (see above for news of the two community information events that took place this week in North Sutherland). You can read my previous contributions to the magazine at https://dounreay.com/news/publications/

It was great to be invited to meet the Board of Crown Estate Scotland during their visit to Wick this week. The Board holds its meetings in a number of locations throughout Scotland, so this was a great chance to talk to Board members about our activities in the north, some of which are already visible to Board members through the organisation’s participation in the CNSRP Advisory Board through senior Energy & Investment Manager John Robertson. The current Chair of CES is Amanda Bryan, who has strong family connections to Caithness

Community consultation on the future shape of health services in Caithness was launched this week, with two sessions aimed at finding out how best to involve the maximum number of local people. NHS Highland says the redesign proposals offer the potential to attract up to £30m of investment to enhance and improve local services, and the consultation period will last until November. https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Calls-for-unity-as-healthcare-meetings-begin-22082018.htm



Eann Sinclair

Programme Manager

Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership

Tel: 01847 805211

Mob: 07717 694055

Mail: eann.sinclair@hient.co.uk

Web: www.cnsrp.org.uk

Twitter: @eanncnsrp

Instagram: eanncnsrp

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with a large company seeking to grow its presence in Caithness, and good to be able to provide some productive links with initiatives that HIE is already supporting and which might help further attract its interest.  We are fortunate in having a number of opportunities in the north in the engineering/ energy sectors and I'm particularly keen to help where there are clear opportunities to use innovation as a means of bringing more international trade opportunities to the area.  
Bliadhna mhath ùr!/ Happy New Year! - Eann Sinclair CNSRP Reviews 2018Thumbnail for article : Bliadhna mhath ùr!/ Happy New Year!  - Eann Sinclair CNSRP Reviews 2018
My weekly CNSRP updates are intended to be short and informative, and the same applies to this quick review of 2018 as it relates to the work of CNSRP! Our focus this year has remained on those key opportunities we feel will bring us maximum economic and socio-economic returns.  And, amidst wider economic uncertainties, we continue to see good progress.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - UpdateThumbnail for article : Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 10th & 17th December 2018.   UKVL Sutherland: The UKVL team was in Tongue last week to hold another drop-in session to update local residents on progress with the project.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 26th November and 3rd December 2018 UKVL Sutherland: I was delighted to take part in a discussion this week in Thurso with Trudy Morris of Caithness Chamber, the HIE team taking forward the UKVL project and UK/ US representatives from Lockheed Martin.  As I have previously highlighted here, Lockheed Martin are one of the two industry partners involved in the project, and their vast experience of launch and satellite technology was clear as we discussed opportunities for the local supply chain as well as exciting opportunities to bring a long-term Lockheed Martin presence into Caithness and North Sutherland.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 26tg November 2018 Energy & Business Services: Following last week's Offshore Wind Week Crown Estate Scotland has just published its report into future licensing rounds for offshore wind leases.  http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/timescales-and-next-steps-for-new-offshore-wind-leasing-for-scotland at the same time it has been interesting to note that Highland Council's north planning committee this week agreed to raise no objection to the application by Moray West for an offshore windfarm off the Caithness coast.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks Commencing 12th and 19th November 2018 Energy & Business Services: My colleague Keith Muir and I met up last week with the directors of JGC Engineering Services Ltd to catch up on current and future plans, which have been boosted by the news I shared recently that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.  Siemens is also the turbine provider for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the Caithness coast.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Energy & Business Services: I met up this week with Stephen Sutherland, Chair of Caithness Chamber of Commerce and director at JGC Engineering & Technical Services, at a tourism-related session hosted by the Chamber Board (see below for more).  Stephen told me about the fantastic news that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 15th & 22nd October.   Energy & Business Services: Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, the Parent Body Organisation at Dounreay, made a significant announcement last week on opportunities for its workforce .(https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dounreay-management-makes-long-term-employment-commitment-to-workforce), which included a commitment to "develop training and support programmes to put individuals in the strongest possible position to move into another local job with one of the growing industries such as space or renewable energy.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 17th September- 1st October 2018.   Energy & Business Services: CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Government, has launched a programme called "Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR)." This is a service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector.  
HIE Leadership Changes In The North As Spaceport Plans Get UnderwayThumbnail for article : HIE Leadership Changes In The North As Spaceport Plans Get Underway
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has made leadership changes in Caithness and Sutherland, following the recent announcement of plans to create a spaceport near Tongue.   Roy Kirk has moved from his role as area manager to become project director for the new spaceport, where he will lead HIE's plans to develop the new satellite launch facility.  

[Printer Friendly Version]