THE north coast of Caithness and Sutherland could have “significant opportunities” in floating offshore wind developments over the next 10 years, a meeting of local union representatives heard this week. Eann Sinclair, Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s north area manager, told Thurso and Wick Trade Union Council that he expects a lot of interest to be shown in such schemes after the next round of licensing. “I think there will be significant opportunities coming down the line there,” he said at Wednesday night’s meeting in Thurso. A floating offshore wind turbine is mounted on a structure that allows the turbine to generate electricity in water depths where fixed-foundation turbines are not feasible. Mr Sinclair was also upbeat about developments that are taking place at Denchi Power and AGM Batteries in Thurso as well as at Wick and Scrabster harbours. But the area has to ensure it has the skills to make the most of these opportunities which will be vital for the local economy with the decommissioning of the Dounreay site.
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