Two Highland ports are set for job boosts if planning permission is granted for a floating wind energy demonstrator project off Dounreay. Dounreay Trì has awarded the construction contract for the 10MW twin-turbine prototype to Global Energy Group and entered into an agreement with Scrabster Harbour to service the development. The company, formed by Sweden-based firm Hexicon for the project, say work is likely to start this summer if Marine Scotland and Scottish Ministers process the planning application by March 31. No figure for the fabrication contract has been given, but last night Inverness and Aberdeen-based Global welcomed the award, saying it would deliver “much-needed additional jobs” at a time of job losses. It is thought the contract could involve up to 100 jobs at Global’s Nigg Energy Park facility on the Cromarty Firth, as well as creating seven full-time posts at Scrabster.
Energy Voice 6th Jan 2017 read more »
A PROTOTYPE floating wind farm off the northern coast is set to give extra impetus to the renewables and engineering sectors in the Highlands, if it is approved by ministers. The Dounreay Tri project has awarded the construction contract to Global Energy Group, which plans to carry out the work at its Nigg Energy Park. Dounreay Tri has also reached agreement with the port of Scrabster, near Thurso, which will service the facility. If approved, it will create seven full-time jobs and support a number of others locally, from the harbour authority to fuel suppliers, plant and machinery and various supply chain activities. The project is subject to Marine Scotland and Scottish ministers processing the planning application by the end of March, the deadline for the required Renewable Obligation Certificate, w hich requires UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of power from renewable sources. The prototype would put Scotland at the forefront of developing an innovative technology that can be deployed in deep water. It could also present a major opportunity for Scottish manufacturers as the award to Nigg Energy Park highlights the capability and capacity of its world-class deep-water facilities.
The National 7th Jan 2017 read more »
The developers of the 10MW Dounreay Tri floating wind farm have awarded Global Energy Group a construction contract for the project off the north coast of Scotland. The works will be carried out at the Scottish company’s Nigg energy park facility in the Highlands, if it is approved by Marine Scotland and government ministers. A planning application for the project is scheduled to be processed by 31 March.
Renews 6th Jan 2017 read more »