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Energy minister in Caithness talks

Caithness Courier

Scottish Minister Fergus Ewing, who holds the brief for energy, enterprise and tourism, met Caithness Chamber of Commerce representatives during a whistlestop visit to the far north on Monday.

At the meeting in Mackays Hotel, Wick, he discussed with them a range of issues affecting Caithness and businesses in the area.

Mr Ewing noted that the strong supply chain capability, well-placed ports and local skills mix makes Caithness well place to provide a long-term service to the marine renewables and oil and gas sectors.

While acknowledging investment will be required, he said the Scottish Government will support this where it can be seen to open up significant growth opportunities, such as its support for the latest redevelopment of Scrabster harbour.

Speaking about the event, Chamber chairman Stephen Sutherland said: "We were delighted that we were able to provide our members with this unique opportunity to discuss the issues affecting their business directly with the Minister.

"It's fantastic to see that the potential for growth in Caithness is recognised at the highest levels of the Scottish Government and we hope this sends out a strong signal that Caithness is open for business."