A potential £2 billion investment for the north-east of Scotland has been put on hold as a giant Moray Firth wind farm project saw its bid for a UK contract thwarted today.
An event in Inverness today will bring together more than 100 supply chain companies that have joined the recently established DeepWind Offshore Wind Cluster.
UK marine and energy service firm James Fisher and Sons has announced the award of contracts worth about £30 million for work in the offshore renewables sector.
Siemens has awarded multi-million pound contracts with a series of UK firms for the development of the Moray East windfarm.
Work on a major north-east offshore wind farm has unearthed what is thought to be an Iron Age tunnel.
Thousands of offshore wind jobs could be coming to the north of Scotland, according to those involved in a new taskforce.
Centrica has agreed a contract to trade 76% of the electricity generated from the new Moray East offshore windfarm.
Skills honed in the North Sea oil and gas industry could be key to the north being chosen for an offshore wind “cluster” to deliver a stream of multi-million-pound projects.
Major employers in the Highlands have called for local and national government to “grasp the opportunity” to make the Moray Firth a renewables hub.
Scotland’s energy minister believes the decision to base the operations and maintenance centre for a major wind farm development in Fraserburgh is a “gilt-edged opportunity” for the town.
The far north is gradually weaning itself off its long-time dependence on Dounreay, according to a jobs creation thinktank.
I was chatting recenty to a leading figure in the world of garment manufacturing. The biggest challenge they currently face, he said, was to manage the transition away from synthetic fabrics. “Within a few years,” he declared firmly, “they will be gone”.