ORCA - Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Excellence in Historic Environment Services

Giving the past a presence now and for the future

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) offers both terrestrial and marine cultural heritage services which are cost effective and efficiently delivered by its experienced and well qualified team. Located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of the United Kingdom, ORCA is housed within the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Orkney. ORCA work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA have been closely involved with several marine renewable energy developments in Orkney Waters, the Pentland Firth and off the Western Isles, as well as subsea cable and gas pipeline projects off Shetland and in the North Sea, and with electricity infrastructure projects such as the construction of grid cable connections and converter stations. ORCA research and applied research projects include the well-publicised work on the Ness of Brodgar; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysics Programme; Scapa Flow shipwrecks; and Project Adair.

Services provided: Archaeologists

Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Meygen gears up for maximum output

he MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth is about to operate at its full 6 megawatt (MW) capacity. An Atlantis-supplied 1.5 MW AR1500 turbine has been successfully reinstalled and is undergoing commissioning processes. The MeyGen ar Full Story...

Thursday, September 28th 2017

Orkney’s Sustainable Energy Strategy unveiled

A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Orkney was launched as part of the official opening of the world leading Surf ‘n’ Turf project. The strategy has been developed in partnership by, among others, Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Is Full Story...

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c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

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