Come and hear about opportunities that exist in Caithness, the costs of doing business from Caithness, skills available in the area, and the potential for Aberdeen and Caithness companies working together to enhance business which could support the energy sectors.
Situated between the British mainland and the Northern Isles, Caithness is perhaps best known in the energy industry for Dounreay, the nuclear research establishment set up in 1955 to develop fast breeder reactor technology. This resulted in the development of a strong supply chain that continues today.
Since decommissioning began on Dounreay, attention has been turned to the wider energy industry and the last 30 years have seen Caithness become home to several industry leaders including Subsea 7, Kongsberg Maritime and ASCO.
Caithness, with its mainland harbour, can make the most of its strategic location to develop as an operations hub for the oil and gas industry.
"We are excited by the amount of opportunities we have got at the tip of the mainland of the UK,” says Roy Kirk, HIE Area Manager. "Logistically, the region offers companies a real opportunity to make considerable savings in their operations. Rather than sending boats to Norway to refuel and restock for example, we can offer a mainland harbour which is a cost effective solution.
"Ultimately we see the region developing not only as a supply base but also as a distribution and operations base. We already have strong air connectivity and with good rail and road access we are able to address some of the issues that arise from working from islands. By 2021, we anticipate about twenty projects in the Atlantic Frontier that could come forward and Caithness is the ideal location for companies to base themselves in order to capitalise on these.”
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