A prospective inward investor in the energy sector visited the area this week, and I was invited by colleagues at HIE to take part in discussions with representatives on the area’s assets and business infrastructure. As previously reported Dounreay’s June Love has been seconded on a part-time basis to HIE to support the ongoing programme of inward investment activity.
Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL) has submitted its application to Marine Scotland for consent to develop offshore wind power at three sites in the outer Moray Firth. The sites – called Telford, Stevenson and McColl – are some 22km (13.5 miles) from the Caithness coast. The developments could, if consented, see the construction and operation of between 189-339 turbines with a total installed generation capacity of 1,500MW. These plans are in addition to the already-submitted application from Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) for consent to install and operate between 142-277 turbines at an area some 13.5km (8 miles) from the Caithness coast, and with a total installed generation capacity of 1,000MW. http://morayoffshorerenewables.com/News/Moray-Offshore-Renewables-Submit-Application-For-C.aspx
Natural Retreats, the company leading the development of high quality visitor facilities at John O’Groats, has unveiled a new rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) to provide wildlife tours for visitors to John O’ Groats. The Natural Explorer is the latest part of the overall development programme at John O’ Groats, with the first accommodation units on the site now also open for business following support from CNSRP partner HIE. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/New-craft-to-provide-sea-safari-at-Groats-30082012.htm
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: