Developer hopes for green light on marine turbines

30th November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A decision on whether to give the go-ahead to plans to install 400 sub-sea turbines between the Caithness coast and Stroma is expected soon. MeyGen hopes the Scottish Government and Highland Council will have made their respective decisions by April. The company wants to develop a 400 megawatt venture as…

Boost for Scottish marine energy

29th November 2012 from Press and Journal

Developers of marine energy devices are expected to benefit from a new Scottish collaboration to help reduce the risk and cost of testing. FloWave TT and the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) have agreed to share data collected at Emec’s wave and tidal test sites in Orkney. This data will…

Progress earmarking marine energy sites

23rd November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Plans to develop land use in the north Highlands to complement developments in the emerging marine renewable sector are said to be progressing well according to Highland Council officials. Fifty four sites across the far north have been identified after members of the public were asked which areas they thought…

Research centre forges links with China

23rd November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Senior Chinese academics were treated to a full taste of the far north when they visited Scotland last week. The delegation from the East China Institute of Technology (ECIT) was visiting the Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College UHI in Thurso to find out more about online courses and…

Subsidy to airport up to £26m

23rd November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

The Scottish Government provided a subsidy of over £26 million to Wick John O’Groats Airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) once again this year. The Inverness-based state-owned enterprise recorded an operating loss of £969,000 according to its 2011-12 annual report but passenger numbers fro Wick John O’Groats Airport…

Wick lands new helicopter business

23rd November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

The far north is to benefit from the grounding of a North Sea offshore helicopter fleet following last month’s ditching of a Super Puma transporting oil workers. Wick John O’Groats is to be the new temporary staging ground for Chevron UK’s activity in two far north oil fields over the…

North firms positive about future

22nd November 2012 from Press and Journal

More than two-thirds of businesses in the north are optimistic about the future, a new survey has revealed. The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) report, drawn mainly from responses given by organisations supported by the development agency, also revealed more than three-quarters of social enterprises were confident in their future…

Chamber to highlight advantages of retraining

22nd November 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met for the first time following its’ Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, held in T3uk, the Board welcomed two new members - Anne MacDonald, Harper MacLeod and Raymond More, Robertson Northern. Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of the Chamber said “We are delighted…

A mixed picture for the far north economy

21st November 2012 from Caithness Courier

The energy sector and the food and drink industry have helped improve the north Highland economy by £7 million from last year, it has emerged. Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager Roy Kirk said the developments in renewables as well as the success of several food companies has boosted the…

Welcome for faster broadband in Thurso

21st November 2012 from Caithness Courier

Faster broadband is to be a welcome boost to local businesses in Thurso ahead of a next generation roll-out expected next year. BT announced this week that the Caithness town is one of six in the far north to now have access to faster internet speeds courtesy of a new…

Enterprise chief upbeat about the far north economy

16th November 2012

The ambition of Caithness in its attempt to diversify its economy after being dependent on Dounreay for over 50 years has been described as impressive. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) area manager for Caithness and Sutherland Roy Kirk said the the north Highlands is making the most out of the…

New cultural hubs scheme wins backing

16th November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A plan to create a residential cultural centre on the north Caithness coast has been backed by Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell. He took the opportunity to get an update on the proposed facility at Ham during a visit to the county on Friday. Details of the plan were outlined…

Minister hails a new future for education in Wick

14th November 2012 from Caithness Courier

Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell is “very impressed” by plans for the new Wick High School. He gave his backing to the £19.8 million project during a visit to the school on Friday when he was shown round the premises by rector Thomas McIntyre and met staff and pupils. The…

Grid upgrade set to create up to 400 jobs

9th November 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Up to 400 people could be employed in the far north over the next 10 years as over £1 billion is invested in upgrading the national grid. That was confirmed this week by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) which was in Caithness last week to give the public an overview…

Energy firm in UHI tie-up to boost north apprenticeships

8th November 2012 from Press and Journal

Energy giant SSE said yesterday it wanted to recruit hundreds of people in the north in the coming years after agreeing a partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Perth-based SSE already has more than 2,000 employees and contractors in the Highlands, but said it signed the…

Ackergill Tower steps up to the five-star set

7th November 2012 from Caithness Courier

The new five-star status of one of the most exclusive properties in Caithness will enable it to market itself to the world as a luxury venue. Ackergill Tower has been rebranded as a five-star hotel to become one of the few properties across Scotland to be given the biggest accolade…

Technology needed to keep North Sea viable

2nd November 2012 from Press and Journal

If new technology is not developed fast enough the life of the North Sea oil and gas industry could be shortened, a leading boss warned yesterday. BP’s North Sea regional president, Trevor Garlick, said technology was now as important as exploration in the North Sea basin. He added that technology…

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