One of ORION’s strategic partners, HIE has a vision of building a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy in Shetland (among many other Highlands and Islands regions) to attract more people to work and invest in the isles.

How HIE supports the supply chain:

  • Connecting businesses with local networks and key strategic opportunities in the region
  • Developing business skills, entrepreneurship, digital capability and increased productivity through a range of support and advice
  • Developing workforce skills and training
  • Enabling innovation, research and development to drive advancements in new technology, products and services
  • Securing funding and advice to drive forward key projects
  • Linking businesses to the right support be it other public agencies, academia, or external finance

ORION aims to drive Shetland’s net zero transition which will require industrial scale investment to repurpose, adapt and develop Shetland’s key energy and marine infrastructure. This will help drive the decarbonisation of key sectors such as fishing, aquaculture and oil and gas, and the development of sectors in onshore and offshore wind, tidal, wave, hydrogen production, and CO2 management. This presents significant supply chain opportunities across a range of areas:

  • Development of new technologies, services, and products
  • Technical skills & training across a range of disciplines including:
    • Consultancy & Project management
    • Marine and industrial construction
    • Engineering services – structural, marine, civil, electrical, mechanical, etc.
      • Welding & fabrication
      • Vessel supply and logistical support both off & onshore
  • Hydrogen storage facilities and transportation
  • Harbour infrastructure upgrades
  • Cranes, Plant Hire, haulage and other contractor services

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