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16 more jobs go at Pelamis as HIE gain assets

The remaining 16 staff at wave energy company Pelamis are to be made redundant, with the job losses adding to the 40 redundancies announced last month. Blair Nimmo and Gary Fraser of KPMG LLP, who were appointed as Joint Administrators of Pelamis Wave Power Limited in November, on Friday announced ...

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Island renewables capable of supporting thousands of jobs

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, ...

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Orkney tested device could provide jobs boost

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 ...

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New Kirkwall store creates 23 jobs

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 ...

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Fish farm jobs boost for Eday

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 ...

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MSP seeks guarantees for Orkney police jobs

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 ...

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Call for wave budget to come to Orkney

Liam McArthur MSP

Orkney MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has said that the Scottish Government’s commitment to new renewables body Wave Energy Scotland is welcome, but must mark the beginning of sustained action to support the sector. Following the announcement last November that Pelamis Wave Power was going into administration, ...

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New survey targets Highlands and Islands young folk

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An online survey to explore the changing aspirations of young people and their attitudes to the Highlands and Islands has been launched. The researchers aim to find out what people aged 15-30 think about education, jobs, quality of life and cost of living in the region. Highlands and Islands Enterprise ...

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MP welcomes Papa Westray project funding

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed a six-figure investment from the Coastal Communities Fund for Papa Westray Development Trust and has called on other organisations to grab their slice of UK Government funding. His comments come after Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, confirmed an ...

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Talisman announce cuts, but not at Flotta

Talisman Sinopec have announced plans to cut 300 jobs, however the company added that the proposed changes do not affect staff at the Flotta Oil Terminal. A statement from the company this afternoon said that the plans represent a reduction of 300 positions from a workforce of approximately 3000, a ...

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Calls for an Orkney base for Wave Energy Scotland

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur met with the Scottish Government Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP yesterday to discuss the future of the wave energy sector following a series of set-backs in recent weeks. Mr McArthur asked for the meeting following news that Pelamis Wave Power had gone into administration and that ...

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Orkney stonemason shortlisted for award

An Orkney stonemason who is spearheading a campaign to get more people into apprenticeships, has also been shortlisted for a top award. Sophie Turner is a Modern Apprentice with Orkney Islands Council and has now joined Skills Development Scotland’s Ambassador Programme. As a Modern Apprentice Ambassador she will share her experience ...

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McArthur calls for urgent support for Pelamis Wave Power

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has questioned energy minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, on what action the Scottish Government is taking regarding wave energy company Pelamis going into administration. At Holyrood this afternoon, Mr McArthur highlighted the leading role played by Pelamis in the development of wave energy and the serious risk ...

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Pelamis reaction by MSP

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has expressed his disappointment at the news that the wave power technology firm Pelamis, which tests the wave energy device at the European Marine Energy Centre, in Orkney, is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding. Mr McArthur said: “This is obviously extremely disappointing ...

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