Energy/ Business Services:
The Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee this week agreed not to raise any objections to Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL)’s application to Marine Scotland to build up to 277 turbines at a site in the Moray Firth. As reported last week this was subject to a number of conditions, including one ensuring that the developer continues dialogue with supply chain and ports, specifically mentioning Wick harbour as a potential operation and maintenance base. CNSRP partners are currently working with Wick Harbour Authority to progress its plans relating to onshore enabling developments. Developers currently estimate that if granted consent construction would take five years. The Crown Estate has just published an “Offshore Wind Operational report 2013” which looks at progress to date in the UK industry: http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/news-media/news/2013/report-shines-light-on-operational-uk-offshore-wind-farms and there is also a report on UK Offshore Wind operation & maintenance at http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/media/418865/guide-to-uk-offshore-wind-operations-and-maintenance.pdf
Brian Nixon, Chief Executive of industry body Decom North Sea, was in Wick this week to outline current and future opportunities in the oil & gas decommissioning sector. His presentation focused on known decommissioning plans and on some of the likely “niche” opportunities that might be of interest to supply chain companies and ports. The event, run in conjunction with Caithness Chamber of Commerce, attracted a number of local companies. More on Decom North Sea at http://www.decomnorthsea.com/
Planning for the next “Jobs and How To Get Them” event started this week. The event will take place on 8th February 2014 in Wick, and will build on the successes of this year’s event, where over 30 organisations came together to support a wide range of people either seeking jobs or considering what future career opportunities might be available in the area.
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: