Caithness warning on energy jobs

26th April 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Almost 90 per cent of current energy industry jobs in the north Highlands will no longer exist by 2025, putting more pressure on new work coming on stream from the renewable oil and gas sector in Caithness. According to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), 2066 in Caithness and Sutherland are…

Scrabster port operators secure lucrative Norwegian tie-up

26th April 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Major investment is set to be ploughed into the Caithness economy after a Norwegian firm signed an agreement to invest in building a new supply base at Scrabster. NorSea Group has signed a deal with Scrabster Harbour Trust to build its first supply base in Scotland, which could become home…

NorSea base deal with port will lead to jobs in far north

24th April 2013 from Press and Journal

Norway’s NorSea Group said yesterday a deal struck with Scrabster Harbour Trust (SHT) would lead to “major” investment and jobs in Caithness. NorSea, based at Tanager, near Stavanger, aims to develop Scotland’s most northerly mainland port as a new supply base serving the buoyant oil and gas industry. In particular,…

HIE: Thousands joining region’s energy sector

23rd April 2013 from Press and Journal

North energy firms have recruited thousands of people in the past two years alone, according to figures published yesterday. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said the region’s energy sector now employed the equivalent of at least 15,000 full-time workers, up from 10,000 in 2011. The figure includes businesses operating in…

Castle of Mey pursues green award

22nd April 2013 from Press and Journal

The Queen Mother’s old Scottish home is having a major green makeover. The Castle of Mey, near John O’Groats in Caithness, is introducing a range of energy-saving measures to try to make it one of the greenest castles in Scotland. Environmental champion Prince Charles stays at mainland Britain’s most northerly…

Professor probes way to success

22nd April 2013 from Press and Journal

Fast-growing global demand for its products has earned Wick firm KP Technology (KPT) a Queen’s Award for international trade. The latest accolade adds to a Queen’s Award for innovation won by the company in 2008. Potential customers travel to Wick from all over the world to learn all about the…

Far North Representation Celebrate major success in Carlow

19th April 2013

A number of organisations representing the far north counties of Caithness and Sutherland had cause to celebrate in style in Carlow, Eire recently after their performances picked up awards in international competitions during their week long participation. Thurso Pipe Band, Melvich Gaelic Choir, Coilich a’ Chinn a’ Tuath and Ceòl…

Upturn in UK drilling expected

18th April 2013 from Press and Journal

Strong oil prices and tax incentives are expected to drive a swift return to North Sea drilling and deals growth after a “muted” start to the year, according to a new fiscal report. Professional service firm Deloitte’s latest study of upstream activity levels in north-west Europe found that drilling and…

Businesses in the Highlands to benefit from new employer services team

10th April 2013

Employers in the Highlands can now benefit from more direct support and advice to help them recruit and develop the skills they require in today’s competitive environment. Operating on a regional basis across local authority areas, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has announced the introduction of a new employer services team…

URS named as winning bid for Berriedale investigation

5th April 2013 from John O Groat Journal

The contract to carry out an investigation to find a solution to improve a notorious stretch of the A9 has been awarded. URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Ltd has been named as the design consultant to carry out a detailed study on the design and improvement scheme of the Berriedale…

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