CNSRP was created to coordinate an area response to a future without Dounreay. According to Dounreay’s Life Plan; employment will continue for some considerable time yet. This gives us the opportunity to plan and invest in an alternative economy and utilise the experience gained to attract other industries to our geographically unique area.
This is the current Dounreay workforce numbers that are necessary to complete the current decommissioning programme of the site.
Oil and Gas
The long standing nuclear industry in the area has created a wide range of generally non engineering skills that are required by many other industries. These services can provide back office support across a wide range of functions.
Access to the low cost satellite launch world wide market being targeted by the UK Space Agency. This is not the equatorial orbits accessed by many current launch sites, but polar and sun synchronous orbits that requires a geographical location that is only found in a few locations around the world, one of which is North Sutherland.
This is clearly a list that is under continuous review as opportunities will come and go.
Working with local businesses and stakeholders, the partners have prioritised their resources and effort accordingly alongside work focussed on improving the relevant infrastructure, transport, skills and general environment that will directly support these projects. This is all brought together under the CNSRP Programme.
This is shown pictorially in the graphic