Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing will today convene an electricity grid summit in Stornoway, alongside council leaders and local politicians from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles to tackle barriers to investment and chart a course of action.
The independent Baringa report, commissioned jointly by the Scottish and UK Governments, demonstrated clearly the massive potential [...]Continue Reading →
A marine energy device tested in Orkney could provide a major jobs boost for the Western Isles it was claimed this week.
Aquamarine Power’s proposed wave farm on the Western Isles could create hundreds of long-term skilled jobs according to figures published earlier this week.
The Edinburgh firm’s 40MW Lewis wave farm – which was [...]Continue Reading →
After a summer of keeping the public guessing, Dealz have announced that its new Kirkwall store will open this week, with the creation 23 jobs.
The new outlet is in Albert Street, in the building which was once the home of Mountain Warehouse and Woolworths. It is set to open on Thursday.
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Over £1.3 million has been invested in a new fish farm site in Eday, by leading aquaculture company Scottish Sea Farms.
The new site opened this week with the creation of six jobs. With a local population of only 150, this number of new jobs has been welcomed by the [...]Continue Reading →
Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has pressed the cabinet secretary for justice to guarantee that no jobs would be lost in Orkney as a result of the Scottish Government’s creation of a single national police force.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said: “At a recent meeting in Inverness, hosted by Northern Constabulary, the man charged with implementing the [...]Continue Reading →
An application to expand a fish farm in Carness Bay, St Ola, has been approved by the OIC’s planning committee.
The plans, put forward by Meridian Salmon Farms Ltd — before the site was bought by Cooke Aquaculture — will see 12 70-metre circumference cages at the site changed to 12 100-metre cages.
Objections had been [...]Continue Reading →
The rate of students successfully completing courses at Orkney College UHI is “among the highest in the sector” according to a recent report.
The inspection, which was carried out by Education Scotland in March this year, also highlights the strong links the college has with local employers and the partnership working with key local industries [...]Continue Reading →
The Co-operative Group has agreed plans with Orkney Islands Council to open a new shop in Stromness.
The project will see its existing small convenience store on North End Road relocated to a new larger unit on the former Mart site at Ferry Road.
Existing staff will transfer to the new store, and it is [...]Continue Reading →
Orkney Islands Council is to receive increased funding from the Scottish Government next year.
Today, Tuesday, a meeting of the full council heard that a decision taken by Scotland’s 32 council leaders will result in OIC’s allocation from the government increasing by around £1.5 million for 2015/16.
OIC convener, Councillor Steven Heddle, said: “This increase [...]Continue Reading →
Concerns that energy giant Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) were pulling out of marine renewables projects in the county are unfounded, according to a spokesman today.
An SSE announcement this morning, that the company is to shed jobs and cut back on offshore wind energy developments as it freezes energy bills, prompted speculation of the [...]Continue Reading →
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