Plans by Aberdeen Harbour Board to create additional berthing facilities at Nigg Bay received the endorssement of an independent report estimating the economic benefit of the development to the local and national economies to be nearly £1billion per annum and the Scottish Government, in their National Planning Process, naming the Nigg Bay Development as one of only 14 projects that they consider to be of national importance to Scotland.
"The idea of remote working was just such a revelation!" A year ago, Elizabeth Duncan, the early inspired, motivator of what IT practically could achieve for remote working communities and sensing all the magic potential of JANET, the Universities' Joint Academic Network, managed to find time to complete a first draft of her embryonic book 'Shoot the Managers.'
A one of Scotland's oldest shipyards dating back to 1903, Buckie Shipyard on the Moray Firth, has gone into administration, with the loss of some 68 of the 74 staff. In contrast in Canada at Owen Sound, which manufactures propellers, tugboats and other vessels, specialists AKA (Aspin Kemp & Associates ) has emerged with a revolutionary new hybrid power system for tugboats.
Two energy issues reported are "The Scotsman" focus on a letter regarding export of Scotland electricity and the "Daily Express" and "Press & Journal" examining Baron Nicol Stephen of Lower Deeside, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and head of an expanding wind turbine empire worth more than £1.5million, director of 10 renewable energy companies, seven incorporated in the past five months, and with four wind farms in planning stages across Scotland.
No mixing of course for hill-walkers and deer stalkers. A few years ago Gaberlunzie was delighted to find he could pick up a small printed booklet that gave the relevant phone numbers, to check the locale for deer stalking activity. Though of course that was a double-edged sword There was the number, but you could not get a mobile link. Suspect in remoter areas, not much has changed!!
PWA (Produced Water Absorbents) an Ohio-based firm that develops technology to allow oil and gas firms to clean polluted water, has established its Scottish operation in Aberdeen as the European hub for its global business. ahead of a push for growth in the North Sea.
The Port of Ardersier has submitted plans to the Highland Council, Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for consents needed to make the site a major European manufacturing port for the offshore wind industry. A renewables jobs boom could result in the Highlands if plans to turn the Port of Ardersier into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind turbines get the go-ahead.
Sensors, imaging, industry & health will be the focus for three new Innovation Centres to be set up across Scotland's central belt. Two will base in Glasgow, where the University has received the Scottish Funding Council pledged of £10m over the next 5 years to support the IC-SIS (Innovation Centre – Sensor and Imaging Systems)
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission – part of SSE – is not only contracting for refurbished power stations, but has now asked Ofgem for permission to install cable that will connect to the onshore substations at Spittal in Caithness (red route) and Blackhillock in Moray and be able to transmit 1,200MW of electricity
As UK energy regulator Ofgem is to impose a £10.5m fine on utility giant SSE for prolonged and extensive mis-selling of gas and electricity over two years (the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier by the watchdog) hard at work Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has awarded four contracts with a cumulative value of £600m for new electricity substations in Northern Scotland
Moray region councillors are backing controversial plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast – on the basis that purported economic benefits far outweigh any objectors’ concerns about visual and environmental impact. The £4.5billion project of 339 turbines, some reaching 670ft above sea level, would lie in the Moray Firth east of Caithness, covering a total of 114 square miles that may not be renewable after such intrusion.
Aberdeen based Proserv has received orders for more than £15 million to install a three well high speed data network system for a high-speed for Taqa's Tern platform off Shetland that as well as providing a fibre-optic communications system for an offshore wells operation.
Rock Spring Ventures with a Princess Street office in Edinburgh, as well as offices in the USA, Japan and Korea, is understood to have raised £26m towards a £50m fund to target fledgling start-up health science and technology companies emerging from UK universities.
An advertisement last week in the Northern Scot for the planning application for the Estover Energy Biomass plant. The organisation Save our Speyside has been trying to ascertain precisely the situation, which has taken until now due to the absence of the case officer.
A proposed biomass plant in Speyside, Scotland has been described as ‘unsustainable’ by local residents. The plant has been proposed by Estover Energy as part of a Speyside Renewable Energy Partnership and, if approved, would prove CHP to the local electricity grid and heat to a nearby Scotch distillery. Proposals have already been submitted to Moray council.
Of Scotland's important kittiwake population one breeding colony is now extinct, others predicted to disappear within three years. Although one of the world's most abundant seabirds,they decline at an alarming rate, numbers having more than halved since the mid 1980s across the UK. The Scottish breeding population has declined by almost two-thirds.
The tide turns on Beeching concepts as Aberdeen moves toward more frequent rail services for travellers working in towns like Inverurie and Stonehaven, with the expansion of the oil industry and the knock-on creation of new jobs has resulting in a wish list of new stations.
Proact, a major Europe storage integrator and cloud services enabler, is to create of 50 new jobs at its European Operation and Support Centre based in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. In Aberdeen, two new deals for oil and gas logistics firm Asco are expected to create up to 14 jobs by next year.
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