Scotland's Economy

  • Double celebration at Nigg

    21st December 2012 by

    Bought by Global Energy Group in October 2011, the yard now employs 800 people, is home to the award winning Nigg Skills Academy, which has trained over a hundred new welders and fabricators since being opened by the FM in April.

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  • Swinney visits Samsung in Korea

    19th April 2012 by

    Daylight on Geoje Island in Korea revealed an amazing sight – the Samsung shipyards. It is hard to convey how overwhelming is their presence. In one dry dock, the size of six football pitches, four container vessels were under construction. And that was just one relatively small part of the site.

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  • Samsung chooses Scotland

    2nd February 2012 by

    I welcome the news that Korean company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is to base its first European offshore wind project in Fife. The investment is worth up to £100m and is expected to create more than 500 new jobs in Scotland.

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  • EWEA Conference, Amsterdam

    28th November 2011 by

    Scotland’s huge ambitions for the generation of green energy is understood by audiences internationally, as I discovered when I attended two major european events last month. The range of Scottish companies showcasing at these events – many with support of Scottish Development International – is remarkable and a real testament to our burgeoning energy sector.

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