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Weekly update, 19th December 2016

23rd Dec, 2016

Enabling activities: • Following last week’s news that the Reporter appointed to lead the Public Local Inquiry (PLI) into the Berriedale Braes Improvement Scheme had recommended that the proposed Improvement Scheme should go ahead unamended, it was good to hear this week from Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, that […]

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Weekly update, 12th December

16th Dec, 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 […]

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Weekly update, 5th December

09th Dec, 2016

Energy & business services: • I met this week with RES Offshore, who are working on the Dounreay Tri project, which is seeking consent to build a floating offshore wind demonstrator at a site north of Dounreay. Myself and Alan Ogg of North Highland College met with Senior Developer Jack Farnham to discuss the potential […]

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Weekly update, 28th November

01st Dec, 2016

Energy & business services: • Representatives of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd were in Wick last week to give a public update on progress with the project, A decision on the project’s application for consent to convert two large buildings at Wick harbour into an O&M base is expected very soon, with the project scheduled […]

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Weekly update, 21st November

25th Nov, 2016

Energy & business services: • Representatives of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd were in Wick yesterday (Thursday 24th) to give a public update on progress with the project, and perhaps more specifically with plans to use Wick harbour as the Operations & Maintenance base for the project. The event was very busy, and it was […]

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Weekly update, 14th November

18th Nov, 2016

Energy & business services: • Following the successful installation of turbine support structures last month, this week marks another milestone in the development of tidal energy in the Pentland Firth, with the installation of the first tidal turbine in the MeyGen project. The turbine, the first of four in the initial phase of the MeyGen […]

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Weekly update, 7th November

11th Nov, 2016

Energy & business services: • The vessel Olympic Ares arrived in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth this week to install the first of the turbines for the MeyGen tidal energy project. As previously highlighted here the turbine support structures and ballast blocks were successfully installed during October, bringing welcome work to the area […]

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Weekly update, 31st October

04th Nov, 2016

Enabling activities: • Colleague Andrew Johnston, Director of the Highlands and Islands Science Skills Academy, was in Caithness this week, and it was good to catch up with him to discuss progress with the “Newton Rooms” concept, which has seen a network of facilities established in Norway to give practical, hands-on experiences of learning programmes […]

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Weekly update, 17th & 24th October

28th Oct, 2016

Energy & Business Services: • Last week saw Dounreay Trì Ltd submitting its application to Marine Scotland for consent to develop a floating offshore wind demonstration project at a site around 6km north of the Dounreay site. You can view the project’s various supporting documents at the website of Swedish parent company Hexicon: Tourism, […]

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Weekly update, 10th October

14th Oct, 2016

Energy & Business Services: • The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project is one of the largest private sector investments in Scotland, and to illustrate the sheer scale of the work the consortium has produced a short animation, which is available to view at Also this week, lead partner SSE has broken ground on the site […]

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