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Sector’s wave of success depends on marine operators


By Calum MacLeod


Whether offshore wind or wave or tidal powered, some of Scotland’s most ambitious renewable energy schemes would not be possible without the support of the marine operators.

Facing the often challenging conditions of the waters around the Highlands and Islands, their expertise is required to plan, install and maintain the facilities that are keeping our region at the cutting edge of the renewables industry.

The importance of that role has been recognised by Robert Gordon University Law School, which is supporting the category for best marine operator supporting or supplying off-shore renewables at the second Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards.

Robert Gordon University Law School is supporting the marine operator category this year.
Robert Gordon University Law School is supporting the marine operator category this year.

Head of school Ken Mackinnon said: “At Robert Gordon University Law School, we recognise that the global energy landscape is developing in response to climate change.

“In line with our commitment to preparing Scotland for a crucial energy transition through new courses and training, we are keen to acknowledge the work being done by marine operators to service the renewable energy sector in a safe and sustainable way.”

The award is open to any marine operator in the region supporting or supplying any form of off-shore renewables, including wind, wave, tidal or cable-based projects, and covers the full range of services and supplies provided to the marine sector, from vessel related services to installation, and from surveying to diving.

It is one of eight open categories at this year’s awards, which will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, on Thursday, April 30.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Saturday, March 28.

To enter the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, or purchase tickets for the black-tie awards dinner, visit: hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day

The awards will form the climax of Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day 2020, and follows on from the 11th Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC).

Last year's best marine operator winner was Green Marine.
Last year's best marine operator winner was Green Marine.

Both events are supported by independent law firm Harper Macleod.

SHREC is free but spaces are limited. To register for a place, call 01463 796666 or visit www.harper-macleod.co.uk/events



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