Northern Scotland trade association to host Cromarty Firth all-energy skills ‘showcase’


Ian Couper, Chief Executive, Energy North
Ian Couper, Chief Executive, Energy North

North of Scotland trade association Energy North is to host an event showcasing the Cromarty Firth region’s capabilities and infrastructure.

The event on 2-3 October in Dingwall aims to attract major developers, ‘tier one and two’ contractors and supply chain firms from Grampian and further afield. It will also enable local businesses to meet other companies and discuss new opportunities.

As part of the programme attendees will have the chance to visit the region’s important energy sites including the Cromarty Firth Port Authority support base, Evanton Spoolbase (Technip) and Nigg Energy Park.

They will also hear about the region’s strengths from a range of local firms including Semco Maritime and Nigg Skills Academy.

Ian Couper, Chief Executive, Energy North, commented: “This event will give businesses direct access to key decision makers, enabling them to gain valuable information about supply chain requirements and future opportunities. At the same time, operators will have the chance to arrange facilitated meetings with potential contractors and visit exciting local developments.”

Roger Pitts, group business development manager, MacLean Electrical Group, commented: “This is a good opportunity for Aberdeen/shire operators and contractors to see what depth of capability is available to assist their operations within the Cromarty Firth area. 

“Although our business has a large operation in Aberdeen, we are also in Dingwall and Wick and can offer the same local support for businesses operating in the north of Scotland and islands.  This type of showcase event is a good way to exhibit the capabilities of the extensive local supply chain to their potential clients.”

Meanwhile, Energy North has published a directory of local oil and gas supply chain businesses. Supported by the Department for Energy (DECC), the publication contains details of over 80 business from the Orkney, Shetland, Caithness and Sutherland, the Outer Hebrides, Ross-shire, Wester Ross, Inverness-shire, Moray and Argyllshire.

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