Issued by Caithness Chamber of Commerce.
The prospect of business opportunities in the oil and gas sector for local companies was strengthened following a north showcase at an international event in Aberdeen this month.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce exhibited at the three-day "Offshore Europe" Conference and Exhibition, Europe's largest oil & gas event, with 40000 visitors per day and more than 1500 exhibitors.
Exhibiting under its Invest Caithness brand, the Chamber launched its new Oil and Gas Directory, which features key information on the area's value to the oil and gas industry, highlighting key ports infrastructure, as well as the range of local companies able to demonstrate decades of experience in delivering solutions in the oil and gas and nuclear industries.
Over 500 copies of the directory were distributed by Chamber staff during the event. The Directory was produced in collaboration with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is supporting a number of initiatives along with partners to assist in diversifying local supply chain companies into new opportunities.
Speaking after the event Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of the Chamber said: "This was a hugely successful exhibition for Caithness, with both the Chamber and Scrabster Harbour showcasing our area's wealth of experience, capability and skills. Our new directory was extremely popular. Oil and gas contractors and shipping operators have now gone away with the knowledge that Caithness and north Sutherland offers competitive - and in some instances more viable - solutions to their needs."
"Our ongoing programme of exhibiting at key industry events such as Offshore Europe and All-Energy will continue to raise awareness of our area as a significant place to do business in the energy sector over the coming years."
Invest Caithness is supported by both HIE and the NDA, whose Stakeholder Relations and Socio-economic Manager Anna MacConnell commented: "The NDA's contribution to Invest Caithness recognises the important role the private sector has in bringing economic development. The Caithness Chamber is successfully delivering some of the projects in the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership's Action Plan for 2011-14. The NDA's support for socio-economics in Caithness and North Sutherland will continue to be targeted at priority projects in the CNSRP Plan."