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Archived News 2009

Call to set aside rivalries for sake of marine energy drive

John O'Groat Journal, Caithness
A Caithness business representative is calling for local rivalries to be put to one side to ensure the North fully capitalises on the evolving marine energy industry.

Trudy Morris believes the jobs and income from manufacturing, developing and maintaining the subsea devices will only be maximised if…

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Top safety award for Dounreay site operators

Caithness Courier
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has been presented with a British Safety Council Sword of Honour following a ceremony at the historicGoldsmith's Hall in London.


DSRL was one of only 40 organisations worldwide presented with an award, which is widely recognised as the pinnacle of safety acheivement.

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Joint Venture with Vattenfall Announced to Develop Wave Power off Shetland

Pelamiswave.com
PWP and Swedish utility company Vattenfall today announced a joint-venture to develop a wave power project off the Shetland Islands. The project, off the Shetland Islands west coast, will be up to 20 megawatts in size and potentially use around 25 Pelamis P2 machines.

http://www.pelamiswave.com/news.php?id=40

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Far north college to get biomass heating

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
A biomass heating plant is to be installed at North Highland College's base in Thurso as part of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and energy bills.


The £750,000 initiative forms part of the overall £15million revamp of the campus.
New boilers will be supplied with…

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Pupils learn STEM industry skills

John O' Groat Journal
North pupils learned about the engineering sector during a series of industry days organised by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Young people from Thurso, Wick and Farr high schools met representatives from Rolls-Royce, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, Nuvia, Johnson Controls, and T3UK/JGC Engineering.
The day formed…

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Highland Council is accused over marine energy

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
The Highland Council has been accused of not pulling its weight on the inter-agency body charged with maximising the benefits Caithness receives from marine energy developments in the Pentland Firth.

http://www.Press andjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1521440

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Ackergill tower sold to Clarenco Properties LLP

Clarenco Properties LLP, one of the companies established by successful entrepreneur Mike Clare, today announced the acquisition of Ackergill Tower, one of the most sought after exclusive use retreats located in Caithness.

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Ackergill Tower sold to property company

Clarenco Properties LLP, one of the companies established by successful entrepreneur Mike Clare, today announced the acquisition of Ackergill Tower, one of the most sought after exclusive use retreats located in Caithness.

Clarenco Properties is a dynamic organisation focusing on the investment of commercial and amazing residential property. The Commercial Property…

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Pre-Budget Report - Some good news but tax on jobs doubles

Commenting on today's Pre-Budget Report from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

"The Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report contained a mixture of good news and bad news for Scottish business. On the positive side, we have secured an extension of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee…

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Marine pledge

John O'Groat Journal
An assurance has been given that the Crown Estate will select a venue in the far north to announce the first batch of successful marine energy leases of the Pentland Firth.
It follows pressure from North SNP MSP Rob Gibson who lodged a motion in the Scottish…

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Smart-grid network deployed in Orkney

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Scottish and southern Energy (SSE) said yesterday that, with the Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), it had commercially deployed "smart grid" technology on its power distribution network in Orkney, allowing the connection of increased amounts of new renewable energy generation.

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Concern public funding cuts may hit £440million contracts at Dounreay

Press & Journal, Aberdeen.
There are fears that the timetable for major contruction contracts at Dounreay could be pushed back because of public funding cuts.
Work on three large waste plants, costing up to £400million and providing 500 contruction jobs, is due to start over the next three years.
But…

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Gills option for grid upgrade

Caithness Courier
A new grid line between Gills Bay and Dounreay could be built in the middle of the next decade to help transmit electricity generated by the renewable energy from the Pentland Firth.
That was one of the possible options highlighted at the Scottish Renewables Marine Energy which was…

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Atlantis testing tidal turbine off orkney

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Atlantis Resources is to test the world's biggest tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) site off Orkney next year.
It said it would invest £15million to test the device, which has rotors as high as a five-story building.
Emec manageing director, Neil Kermode…

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MSP welcomes Crown Estate leases decision

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
North MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an assurance that the Crown Estate will come to the far north to reveal the first batch of leases for the marine energy for the Pentland Firth.
The SNP member yesterday was told by the London based quango that the…

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Caithness schools to get wind power

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Four schools in east Caithness are amoung the latest in the Highlands gearing up to adopt wind power.
Turbines, capable of generating five kilowatts, are earmarked to go up at Wick High School and primaries at Pulteneytown Academy and South School, both Wick; Thrumster and Canisbay.

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