Kishorn Port Ltd has been advised in the last few days by the Spanish company that are
leading on the KOWL project, that they have encountered difficulties with
an important element of their supply chain. This has forced them to reconsider their
methodology and has led to a delay in issuing a contract for the project.
They issued a statement to KPL, confirming their commitment to the project.
“The Kincardine offshore floating wind farm development is a test and demonstration project.
We are fully committed to the project and remain confident that the project will generate
renewable energy to the electricity grid by September 2018”
Simon Russell, a Director of KPL said:
“We are very disappointed with the delays to this project, as we have invested over a £1m since Xmas making the site “shovel ready” for this contract and for other potential contracts that are being actively pursued. KPL understands that KOWL will be re-tendering the project in early 2018, and we are hopeful that Kishorn will continue to be the preferred site for the manufacture of the floating concrete caissons”.
“Unfortunately, KPL has no control over this process, but meanwhile it continues
to invest in the facility and we are also currently pursuing a number of live opportunities in the decommissioning arena. The facilities at Kishorn are unique in Scotland, and now that the dry dock has been proven to work, it is only a matter of time before it secures its
If you would like further information on our services or the Dry Dock, please get in touch on +44 (0) 1397 773 840 or email@example.com.
**The photos below are from the KPL website and show the drydock in its current form**
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The biggest earthquake to hit the Highlands in three decades has been widely felt across the region.
The British Geological Survey (BGS), which recorded it at about 15:45, said it had a magnitude of 3.8 and was centred on Moidart.
A smaller quake, which registered 1.5 on the Richter scale, was centred on Kingussie.
It was the biggest such tremor to be felt in the region since a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in Oban in 1986.
More recently there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in Glenuig in January 2011 and one measuring 3.6 in Dumfries, on Boxing Day 2006.
On the latest event, the BGS stated: "This earthquake was felt widely across the west of Scotland."
People in the area shared their experience of the rumble on Twitter. One wrote: "Think I just experienced a minor #earthquake, here on Ardnamurchan. West coast #Scotland. Anyone else feel it, my kitchen rumbled."
Another said: "Just experienced 2 earthquake tremors here in Scotland. Never felt anything like that, like the ground beneath us was exploding. Terrifying!"
Small earthquakes are relatively common but most go unnoticed.
The largest one known to have hit the UK had a magnitude of 6.1 on 7 June 1931 in the North Sea while the biggest recorded in Scotland was a magnitude 5.2 event in Argyll in 1880.
A mapping project recently said there had been more than 4,000 quakes to hit Scotland over the past 50 years.
The UK's only full-time self-contained mobile cinema has returned to the road after being given a refit.
The Screen Machine is operated by Regional Screen Scotland and brings a cinema experience to communities across north and west Scotland.
The service was originally started in 1998 and the current vehicle has been in use since 2005.
French-based Toutenkamion, the Screen Machine's original builders, carried out the refurbishment.
Searches are being carried out for a 62-year-old man who has gone missing from the Plockton area.
James Fewell, known as Bruce, was last seen at the Plockton Hotel at about 00:30 on Saturday.
The Coastguard helicopter, the RNLI and Kintail mountain rescue team have been involved in the search for him.
He is 6ft 1in tall, slim, with long, dark hair he ties in a pony tail. He was wearing a blue woollen jumper and a pair of yellow wellington boots.
Ch Insp Alastair Garrow said: "Bruce is a well-known face in Plockton where he lives and works.
"We are searching the coastline and the harbour area where he lives, along with our partners.
"In addition local fish farm vessels have turned out to help and I would like to thank them for their assistance. We are also doing a huge amount of work into other possible lines of inquiry.
Anyone with information about Mr Fewell's whereabouts should contact police.
Local residents and business owners describe the opportunities and challenges brought by the North Coast 500.
Councillors in the Highlands have voted to introduce changes that would see several clusters of primary schools overseen by just one head teacher.
Proposals that would see groups of up to half a dozen schools under one head have been criticised for a lack of consultation for parents.
Plans for five clusters have been approved by councillors.
Two others involving feeder schools to academies in Farr, Sutherland, and Mallaig have been deferred.
The Mallaig set up involves the clustering of eight feeder schools.
Further consultation is to be done on a cluster involving Kinlochbervie High School.
Approved at a meeting of the council's education committee were the creation of clusters of feeder schools to six secondary schools - Dornoch, Kilchuimen, Lochaber in Fort William, Plockton and Millburn in Inverness.
Education chief Jim Stephen said the move was not about saving money, but about enhancing pupils' education.
The local authority has had issues recruiting head teachers to some schools.
Critics of the plans include Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, who said there has been a lack of public consultation.
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