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Caithness councillors visit MeyGen assembly yard at Nigg Energy Park


By Scott Maclennan

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Caithness councillors visited the assembly yard at Nigg Energy Park for the MeyGen tidal power generation scheme that it is hoped could lead to a significant boost to the far north.

Councillor Karl Rosie arranged the visit hoping to raise awareness among members about what the project could achieve and the impact it could have, particularly on crucial matters such as depopulation.

“I was keenly aware that Simec-Atlantis who run MeyGen wanted to add value to the whole project for the local community," he said. "We have had a number of conversations to maximise the benefits locally just to see what options there are in Caithness and the north.”

Councillor Nicola Sinclair said: “We discussed the next phase of the project, which would see the site produce 86MW of power and includes plans to build Scotland’s first hyper-scale data centre, a global first for marine energy.

“We also got to see turbines and equipment ready to be shipped to a demonstrator in Japan. If the data centre and expanded campus get the green light it could be transformational for Caithness in terms of diversification of skills, developing expertise and supporting the supply chain.”



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