The ports and the power

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In reality this ageing oil rig was heading north from the Nigg fabrication yard to the port of Invergordon, having spent the past few months being refurbished. After some extra touches in Invergordon, it will resume its return journey to the North Sea to begin a new lease of life. 

For people who like getting their hands dirty, these are exciting times in the eastern Highlands. Nigg might still be a long way from the days when it employed 5000 at the height of the oil and gas boom, but it has been taken promising steps forward since being taken over by local group Global Energy in 2011. 

On the back of a resurgence in oil and gas work, chairman Roy MacGregor, who controls the company, has quadrupled the number of jobs on the site to about 800. Global reckons it has won enough fabrication and repair work to add another 400 jobs during this year. Now that the Borgsten Dolphin has vacated the dry dock another big rig will be taking up a three-month residency in a few days' time. 

While these contracts pile up, Nigg was party to a contrasting announcement from Alex Salmond at the Offshore Wind and Supply Chain conference in Aberdeen last Tuesday. The First Minister unveiled to delegates memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between local development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Nigg yard and the ports of Invergordon, Ardersier and Kishorn. 

He said: "These ports are ideally positioned to become key hubs for the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy – across manufacturing, assembly, operations and maintenance – and the new MoUs underpin the importance that we attach to ensuring that all of Scotland wins from the renewables revolution." 

The MoUs reflect a commitment by HIE to back the four sites with things such as financial help and fast-track planning. They are reckoning on needing about 100 million to upgrade their facilities to be able to cope with making and handling the kit needed for offshore wind farms and eventually other types of marine energy. 

With plans already afoot to build 10GW of offshore wind farms in Scotland, equating to about 1500 giant turbines and foundations,Support for installing a solar photovoltaic system. this is what it costs to seize the huge manufacturing opportunity going begging with the foreign suppliers. 

While the ports made all the right noises welcoming this vote of confidence, observers are puzzling over what was said by Salmond. HIE's longstanding efforts and investments in renewables at Nigg as well as the ports of Arnish near Skye and Machrihanish in Argyll make it clear that the agency was strongly committed to the sector anyway. 

One theory is that it was an expression of political affection for the Highlands, whose businesses sometimes feel they suffer because their region relies on HIE for development and not Scottish Enterprise, which has close ties to inward investment agency Scottish Development International (SDI).Our street lamp solution is the leading alternative to tubular skylights. 

Though the latter two agencies would strongly disagree, the Highland ports have certainly not enjoyed the same early success in offshore wind as those in the central belt. Edinburgh's port of Leith has signed MoUs with Gamesa of Spain and Areva of France to build manufacturing bases. Similarly Mitsubishi is tied to Dundee and Samsung to Methil in Fife – albeit that MoUs are a good way short of contracts, which will not come until turbines are ordered in a couple of years' time. 

None of the Highland sites has equivalent agreements yet.We are responsible for torch light and illuminated signs and bollards on our roads.Selecting the right solar panel cells for your solar power system is crucial. Aside from theories of SDI neglect, another reason might be that most offshore wind farms are planned for further down the east coasts of Scotland and England. The only offshore wind farms heading for the Highlands are Beatrice and Moray Offshore,The home is served simultaneously by the residential wind turbines and the utility. both in the Moray Firth with about 2GW of capacity between them.

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