Published: 30/08/2012 17:52 - Updated: 31/08/2012 12:21

Thurso at the centre of the Scottish economy

First Minister Alex Salmond said that Thurso will be at the centre of the renewable energy revolution.
First Minister Alex Salmond said that Thurso will be at the centre of the renewable energy revolution.

THURSO is moving from the periphery to the centre of the Scottish economy as the First Minister said that the Far North was to play a huge part of providing not only Scotland’s energy needs, but of the entire planet.

Alex Salmond said that Caithness was in the middle of a revolution in the production of energy, which he described as the beginning of the re-industrialisation of Scotland as he opened the Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC) and Centre for Energy and Environment at North Highland College on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Salmond said that renewable energy would be central to the running of the world in future years and that Scotland was preparing for the future, saying that nowhere was that more illustrated than by the facilities which exist at North Highland College.

“These facilities in Thurso are an essential building block to place Scotland at the forefront of the international revolution in the provision of electrical and energy power,” he said.

“100 years ago this country led the engineering of the world, a century later, we can lead the marine energy industry for much of the planet.”

* Read more in Friday’s John O’ Groat Journal

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