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Agriculture

Read this interesting article about the development of agriculture within the Ross and Cromarty area from 1950 to 2000.

Mr Jim McCulloch using a Grubber.

Craft work

Anta, of Easter Ross, was among the eight companies attending the first trade mission to New York, part-funded by the Highlands and Islands Trade and Export Development Partnership.

Trade Mission to New York

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Fishing

Wester Ross: Alfie Edwards of Applecross developed a seabed storage system for live shellfish.

Alfie Edwards

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Electricity

Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society is grateful to have the permission of James Miller, the author; Birlinn, the publishers; and Scottish Hydro-Electric (the successors to The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board) to reproduce extracts from The Dam Builders which are appropriate to the locality.

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Oil

Invergordon: As the Ameralda Hess and ELF structures neared completion at Barmac’s Nigg fabrication yard the international downturn in orders threatened many skilled and well-paid jobs. (1998)

Barmac fabrication yard at Nigg

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Publishing

The Ross-shire Journal has a long history.  Read articles published at the 100 year centenary.  There is also an article about the 125 years of the Ross-Shire Journal.

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Windfarms

Wind power is the fastest growing renewable source of energy in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has a target of generating 31% of Scotland’s electricity from renewables by 2011 and 50% by 2020.

Two onshore windfarms have been established in Ross-shire and others are planned as of 2010.

Scotland’s first offshore turbine was installed in 44 metres of water, 15 miles off the coast, in the Moray Firth in August 2006, followed by a second in 2007. These offshore turbines each have a capacity of 5 megawatts (typical onshore turbines have a capacity of 2mw).

Two established onshore windfarms in Ross-shire are located at:

NOVAR – EVANTON
FAIRBURN – STRATHCONON

Associated with the above windfarms, the developers established funds for Community Benefit. These funds provide grants to voluntary organisations within communities adjacent to the windfarm to undertake deserving projects.

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In the case of Fairburn the Community Benefit is derived from:
(1) a fixed element based on the installed capacity of the windfarm;
(2) a variable element based on the actual output generated each year and the associated value of the Government’s Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC).

The installed capacity figure is £2,000 per megawatt installed, giving a sum of 20 turbines x 2mw x £2,000 = £80,000 per annum. The variable element figure could be equal to the fixed element.

The distribution of the fund is in two phases:
(1) the construction phase (two years’ duration)
(2) the operating phase (twenty-five years’ duration).

The beneficiaries of the first phase are:

1. Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon £57,500
2. Muir of Ord £37,500
3. Conon Bridge £25,000
4. Contin £10,000
5. Ferintosh £10,000
6. Killearnan £10,000
7. Maryburgh £10,000

The second phase beneficiaries:

1. Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon
2. Muir of Ord
3. Contin

The second phase fund will be in excess of £2m over the 25 year period.

The Fund will be managed by The Scottish Community Foundation in association with a local committee.