Staff from Orkney Islands Council are working alongside their colleagues at the Pickaquoy Centre to deal with a “technical issue” at the swimming pool.

According to the OIC, while the issue poses no risk to the public, pool users my detect a diesel odour whilst in the building.

Further updates will be issued early next week.


A graphic showing the turbine farm.

A graphic showing the turbine farm.

The green light has been given to kick off the first phase of the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal power development which will be installed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth.

MeyGen has announced that terms have been agreed for a funding package of £50m and this means construction of the first phase will now begin.

MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream development said that it has agreed terms for a funding package to finance the construction of the first phase of its ground breaking 398MW tidal array project in the Pentland Firth.

When fully completed, the company says that the MeyGen project will have the potential to provide clean, sustainable, predictable power for 175,000 homes in Scotland, support more than 100 jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and deliver significant, long-term supply chain benefits for UK economy.

Approximately 50 direct jobs will be created during Phase 1 of the project, with a further 70 indirect roles created throughout the supply chain.

Those behind the project say that as the first large-scale tidal project of its type in the world to successfully reach a funding agreement, the MeyGen project will be a catalyst for the global tidal power market, signalling the transition of the industry from demonstration projects to commercial arrays.

The funding syndicate includes: Atlantis; the Department of Energy & Climate Change; The Crown Estate; Scottish Enterprise via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF); and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

HSBC will be acting as the security trustee and account bank for the project, having also facilitated various guarantees to key stake holders (National Grid PLC and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution PLC) to support the project.


The freight ship Helliar.

The freight ship Helliar.

Serco NorthLink have given an update on how the repairs on their freight ship Helliar have been progressing, and have said that the ship could be back in service next week.

The ship has been out of action since the end of July after suffering from rudder problems.

A Serco NorthLink Ferries spokesperson said: “M.V Helliar was taken to dry dock in Birkenhead following the rudder problem which was identified in Aberdeen. On arrival, it became apparent that both rudders and associated rudder stocks required immediate attention.

“Work on both rudders and stocks is currently being undertaken by specialist contractors in Denmark. During this time, the vessel is also undergoing work scheduled for her January 2015 dry dock, negating the need for her removal from service in late December/early January.

“We anticipate MV Helliar’s return to service next week (commencing August 25) once we are satisfied that the necessary scope of work has been completed. In the meantime, M.V Hildasay continues to operate a revised freight schedule and we continue to liaise closely with all stakeholders.”


A leading figure from the Stroke Association is due to visit Orkney next week.

Fiona Craighead from the Orkney Stroke Support Group said that many people who’ve been affected by stroke find help and support from others who have had similar experiences.

She added: “Orkney Stroke Support Group offers peer and social support through monthly meetings and a variety of activities. Anyone interested are invited to come together, share experiences and try out new things”

At its August meeting, which takes place next Tuesday, the group will be hosting Lynne Kalman from the Stroke Association. She will be speaking about the association’s excellent work which provides information, support and research into stroke prevention and treatment.

She went on to say: “Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or someone who is interested in supporting the work, you will be made welcome.”

The meeting takes place on Tuesday, August 26, between 1- 2pm, and will be held in the Kirkwall and St Ola Community Centre.
For further information, please contact Fiona Craighead on Tel: 876360.


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