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Scrabster Harbour’s role in new MeyGen project good news for Caithness

Local engineering and technical services firm JGC’s multimillion-pound contract with MeyGen is hailed as ‘good news’ for Scrabster Harbour, as Caithness plans its future without Dounreay.

The multimillion-pound MeyGen contract secured by Caithness firm JGC last week should also benefit Scrabster Harbour, which is set to facilitate delivery of the raw materials needed for the project’s initial stage. Sandy Mackie, manager of Scrabster Harbour Trust, said the contract “would create work for businesses around the port.” JGC will require almost 5000 tons of steel to fabricate the structures which will support MeyGen’s under-sea turbines. The raw material will be delivered into Scrabster Harbour by boat and will need to be transported to the Inner Sound on the Pentland Firth after its manufacture and assembly at JGC’s Janetstown site.

Mr Mackie believes more work for local firms will come as a result of the partnership between JGC and MeyGen. Once the project reaches its commercial phase, it is expected the company will have installed an initial Array of six turbines over the first two years, with 61 to be in place by 2020. “The scale of activity will be a challenge going forward,” Sandy explains, “but one we look forward to. Caithness is getting a share of the first work and that is entirely good news and exactly what we want to hear as we plan a future without Dounreay.” Although he assures that JGC secured the work through its own efforts, Mr Mackie suggests the infrastructure recently created at the port was a contributing factor.

Welcoming the subsequent business the port will likely receive from the project, Mackie says “we are trying to develop Scrabster not just for the port but for the wider area.”