The NDA has just published a paper describing its “Preferred and Credible Options” for the management of DFR breeder materials which are currently stored at Dounreay. The potential transfer of spent fuels away from Dounreay to Sellafield was the subject of discussion at last month’s Dounreay Stakeholder Group. The preferred option of transportation to Sellafield would see the high hazards at Dounreay dealt with earlier in the decommissioning programme, but would also result in a reduction in job numbers on site. The paper can be accessed at http://www.nda.gov.uk/news/dfr-exotic-fuel-options.cfm and comments on it can be submitted up til the end of August. The socio-economic subgroup of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group met this week to discuss local responses to the recommended course of action, and is to contact NDA for further information on the relative economic/ socio-economic impacts of the options over the period of the Lifetime Plan for the site, to enable an informed response to be made.
Ken Nicol (DSRL) and I met this week with representatives of two Tier 1 companies carrying out work at Sellafield. They visited Caithness sites this week, and were impressed by the quality of the Caithness supply chain. We also highlighted wider activities and opportunities in the energy sector, and spoke in particular about the ports infrastructure in the area and the opportunities potentially available to their businesses.
The Partnership’s Delivery Group met this week to further focus in on priority projects that would benefit from collective partner support, and to discuss progress with proposals to create Enterprise Zones in Scotland.
Two new programmes were announced this week by Scottish Government to help enterprising organisations in the “third sector” grow and operate more efficiently. The £3 million Just Enterprise programme will deliver a wide range of business support to social entrepreneurs and third sector organisations across Scotland. It will lead to the creation of an online hub where organisations can go for support and assistance, and will complement existing support available through HIE and Business Gateway. And a further £4 million pounds will be provided through the Enterprise Growth Fund, where grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 may be awarded to enterprising third sector organisations with the most sustainable and ambitious business plans. HIE is a funding partner in both programmes.
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: