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Caithness News Bulletins November 2004
FORESTRY PROJECT COULD PROVIDE 500
NEW JOBS IN HIGHLANDS
RACE, together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise, will provide £200,000 towards the £500,000 cost of completing the feasibility phase of Forscot Ltd's large-scale timber processing plant. If given the go-ahead, the project could create an estimated 500 full time jobs and over 3,000 jobs during the construction stage.
The study, which is likely to be completed in spring 2005, will investigate both the project's viability and impact on the surrounding area and environment.
The areas to be explored include: the logistics of transporting raw materials to and from the site and the impact on road, rail and seaborne infrastructures; the environmental and visual impact; and pulp, paper and energy market studies.
Gordon Cox, chief executive of RACE, said: "We are delighted to have been able to help in the early stages of this very exciting project.
"Scotland is one of the few places in
the world where future availability of timber outstrips current demand,
and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Highlands to capitalise on the
nation's natural assets."
Councillor Sandy Park, Chairman of The Highland Council's Planning Development Tourism and Europe Committee, said he was delighted that Forscot had chosen Delny, near Invergordon, as the preferred location for their "mega-site" development. The 100-hectare site, he said, was zoned in the Local Plan for Ross and Cromarty East for major timber-based industrial use.
He said: "This news is a real boost for an area which was the industrial heartland of the Highlands during the boom years of the oil fabrication industry. The prospect of a major manufacturing industry returning to the area is very welcome indeed and I am sure the skills base is available to take advantage of this exciting new project."
He said there were significant issues, particularly transport, to be resolved. "We look forward to working with the company to that end," he added.