13 March 2012
Report on new Nigg Energy Park

The public meeting on 8 March with guest speaker Alastair Kennedy, Communication Director of Global Energy, was well attended and received. The main purpose of the presentation was to discuss Global Energy's purchase of Nigg Yard and their vision to develop the site into a modern multi-user facility to serve a range of energy sectors.

Alastair Kennedy gave a detailed presentation of the background of Global Energy and also the significance of Nigg Yard in the global oil and gas industries. The site, which is to be known as Nigg Energy Park, will initially concentrate on the oil and gas industries but Global Energy hope to venture into the renewables market such as offshore wind, wave and tidal markets in future years. Mr Kennedy confirmed that there was a chance a demonstrator offshore wind turbine (dimensions of which would be in the region of 150-200m and would be connected to the Grid) could be erected at the site in future years but it would be dependent on the demands of their clients and on obtaining appropriate planning permission.

A modern apprentice scheme is to be set up at Nigg to be called Nigg Skills Academy which will train individuals in the skills required to work in all energy sectors. The scheme starts in April 2012 and will provide quality training in a working environment. Over 1000 applications have already been received and all applicants will be tested. 

Alastair answered several questions at the end of the presentation and has offered to return to Cromarty in 6-12 months with an update of Nigg Energy Park. Vivienne Plampton thanked Alastair Kennedy on behalf of the Community Council.

Julie Penwright, Secretary, Cromarty and District Community Council

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