Caithness and North Sutherland has an exciting vision to develop the area’s assets and capability to create a strong and vibrant economy based on the energy sector.
Developing the Caithness and Sutherland energy and power sector to create a strong and vibrant economy is the exciting vision of the region.
The area is rich in potential to create electricity, and exploit oil and gas - and has the assets, practical skills and know how to turn this vision into reality.
The outstanding capability in Caithness and North Sutherland is impressive:
- an exceptional track record gained over 50 years of servicing the Dounreay nuclear facility
- a dynamic and innovative engineering supply chain experienced in decommissioning;
- its location beside the UK’s first commercial wave and tidal energy site (Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters)
Beatrice Offshore Wind farm Ltd is situated in the Outer Moray Firth and is a joint venture owned by SSE (50%), Repsol Nuevas Energias (25%) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (25%).
The Beatrice project, which was consented by Marine Scotland in March 2014, and granted an Investment Contract by the UK government in May 2014, is planned for construction in 2016 subject to a positive final investment decision.
If constructed, as well as generating up to 664MW of renewable electricity, the project is expected to bring a range of socioeconomic benefits to both the Moray and Highland regions.
With its deep-water ports and engineering skills, Caithness is ideally situated to get involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of the turbines.
The area already has an established presence in the oil and gas sector – a presence which is being built upon as new developments open up in the West of Shetland fields. Wick John O’Groats Airport has recently established itself as a convenient and efficient base for both helicopter and fixed-wing oil industry traffic.
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