The winners of the Harper Macleod sponsored Energy North Awards have been announced and, once again, it highlights the tremendous talent within this sector in the North of Scotland.
The winners were:
- Oil and Gas Award: Opus Energy
- Community Award: Horshader Community Development Trust, Shawbost
- Onshore Renewables Award: The SEAM Centre, Inverness College UHI
- Offshore Renewables Award: The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Orkney
- Service Award: Esave, Inverness
- Export Award: Aquatera, Orkney
- Employer Engagement Award: Sureclean, Alness
- Best Newcomer: Nigg Skills Academy Class of 2012
- Ambassador: Sidney Johnstone, AMEC
More than 200 guests attended the ceremony in Inverness and heard from key note speakers Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, and David Bone, Partner and Head of Energy & Natural Resources, at Harper Macleod.
Mr Bone, who sat on the judging panel, paid tribute to all those working in the energy sector, highlighting the inspirational talent in the North of Scotland, which is leading the growth and continued development of the industry.
As well as being the headline sponsor, Harper Macleod also supported the Community Award, which was presented by Anne Macdonald, Partner & Deputy Head of Energy & Natural Resources, to the Horshader Community Development Trust:
"All at Horshader Community Development Trust have embraced renewable energy and I'm delighted to see that they have achieved their goal of installing their first turbine.
"We hope this recognition of their efforts will help build on their obvious enthusiasm and that the turbine will be a huge boost to their community."
Harper Macleod is one of Scotland's leading law firms and has advised clients responsible for developing over 1GW of energy projects, with a further 1.5GW in the pipeline.
This level of support continues to grow with the opening of a new office in Thurso and the appointment of Calum MacLeod, an Associate specialising in the energy sector, who will be based in the Highlands.
Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod and Highland & Islands Enterprise says the North of Scotland has an important role to play in the future of renewable energy:
"These awards recognise the excellent work being undertaken in the sector in the North of Scotland and go some way to highlighting the importance of the projects and developments currently underway and those under development.
"We at Harper Macleod understand the crucial role that this area will play in all our energy futures and the opening of our Thurso office and appointment of energy specialists, such as Calum MacLeod, underlines our commitment to sector."