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Highlands And Islands Enterprise Board Visits Dounreay 18 November 03
UKAEA has welcomed the continuing interest being shown by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the economic development opportunities being generated by record levels of spending at Dounreay. Work worth almost 100 million a year is being let to companies to support the decommissioning of the site, and UKAEA is supporting efforts by the HIE network to maximise the benefits to the local economy. Members of the board of HIE were updated on the site restoration work when they made a fact-finding visit to the site on Monday, November 17th. Mr Colin Gregory, UKAEA's head of nuclear technology and strategy at Dounreay and a director of local enterprise company CASE, said: "If we are to create the conditions for sustainable development of the local economy when Dounreay is gone, then it is essential we take full advantage today when spending is at such a high level. We are seeing good examples of these opportunities through majorinvestments by the private sector in decommissioning-related enterprises in and around Thurso and the North Highland College in a decommissioning institute. UKAEA will continue to support the efforts of HIE to help the local economy make the most of these opportunities.

12 members of the Highlands & Islands Enterprise Board visited Dounreay recently for a presentation on Dounreay issues and a tour of the site.  Some of the members are pictured here with Colin Gregory of UKAEA (standing on left) and Robert Nicol of UKAEA (standing on right).