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Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan notes that renewables projects from the Western Isles have the potential to produce some of the cheapest and greenest electricity in the country.

Western Isles MSP reacts to Ofgem announcement

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has reacted to today’s announcement from OFGEM that it is minded to reject SSEN’s proposals for a 600MW link to the Western Isles and instead proposes a smaller 450MW connection.

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Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says the SNP Government has continued to starve local authorities in the Highlands and Islands, whilst being ablt to find money for its pet projects.

Funding concerns for Western Isles Council highlighted

Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has expressed concern following the release of figures which indicate that the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) is to receive the worst financial settlement of any local authority in Scotland, while rates paid by businesses in the islands are forecast to rise by 10%.

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There was an announcement of a new contract for the Arnish site this week, which will see the yard busy until September, however there are rising concerns about securing more contracts for the BiFab yards in the future.

Unions call for ‘level playing field’ in renewable contracts

Trade Unions GMB and Unite which deal with BiFab - who own Arnish yard near Stornoway - have today (Thursday) said a ‘level playing field’ is needed if Scotland is to secure the large-scale manufacturing contracts from its own offshore renewables sector – and they are asking the First Minister and the Scottish Parliament to intervene.

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BiFab gets back to work at Arnish site

BiFab gets back to work at Arnish site

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands joined senior executives from DF Barnes, owners of BiFab, at the Arnish fabrication yard, near Stornoway, this morning (Wednesday) to celebrate the first contract to be secured for the site in a year, with the creation of 82 jobs.

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MSP calls for ferries review after breakdowns

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to urgently review its ferries plan in light of new figures, which show that almost 800 Calmac sailings were cancelled because of mechanical breakdowns last year.

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Cromwell Street lease set to be extended

Cromwell Street lease set to be extended

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Policy and Resources committee have agreed to authorise its Chief Executive ‘to conclude an extension on the lease on the premises at 49-51 Cromwell Street, on the basis set out in the Report together with such additional terms and conditions he considers appropriate’.

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