Wester towheads on the road

26th January 2011 from Caithness Courier

Wick harbour has been a hive of activity with the arrival of towheads for one of the contracts being undertaken at Subsea 7’s Wester yard The two huge structures, which are part of the Apache Bacchus project, arrived in the harbour last Tuesday and were off-loaded the following day before…

Dounreay avoids waste rethink

25th January 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

The Scottish Government’s new strategy to deal with more active radioactive waste is not going to impact on the £2.7billion clean-up of Dounreay. But site operators will now have to plan for its intermediate active waste to go into on-site stores, rather than being sent to a future UK-wide national…

Two-year plan to rejuvenate far north shops

19th January 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

Caithness Chamber of Commerce has just secured £121,000 funding to launch a two-year programme to breathe fresh life into the retail scene at Thurso and Wick. A full-time town-centre development officer is to be hired to help stem the steady fall-off in trading activity. The initiative is also to help…

Major marine power player backs central control centre

19th January 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

An electrical utility involved in several marine power ventures in the far north has backed the idea of a centralised control centre. ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has become the first industry body to publicly endorse the plans hatched by a Thurso-based enterprise. IT specialists Navertech has set up a separate company,…

Interest Rates Must Remain Low For Time Being

17th January 2011 from Scottish Chambers of Commerce

MEDIA RELEASE Commenting on the decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5%, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Despite the continued above-target levels of inflation and the expectation that this will be exacerbated in the short…

Biomass boost hailed as ‘good news for the area’

7th January 2011 from John O'Groat Journal

A planned renewable energy plant in Caithness has been given a £3 million boost. Private-sector developer New Park, which specialises in business and science parks, was made the award from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) on Monday to go towards the £35m setup costs of its biomass combined heat…

Scaffolding firm comes full circle

5th January 2011 from Caithness Courier

Work at Dounreay has come full circle for Caithness Scaffolding in the 25 years since the firm did its first job on site. The firm is now being used to help demolish the buildings which it helped erect.  And with the clean-up of the former fast reactor complex gaining pace,…

VAT rise ‘tough pill to swallow’

5th January 2011 from Caithness Courier

Caithness will be particularly badly affected by the rise in fuel prices, according to a local business boss. Caithness Chamber of Commerce chief executive Trudy Morris said the area’s reliance on cars and the road distribution network for transporting goods means businesses and individuals would suffer as a result of…

Major £2.5m boost for plan to revamp Scrabster port

5th January 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

Plans to make Scrabster harbour the main service base for the far north’s fledgling marine energy industry received a major fillip with a £2.5million European Regional Development Fund pledge towards a tanker pier revamp. Scrabster Harbour Trust is negotiating with Scottish Government officials to finalise the funding package. It is…

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