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The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, one of the colleges earmarked to merge into one organisation. Photo: Shetland NewsThe NAFC Marine Centre UHI. Photo: Shetland News

THREE projects in Shetland have been awarded a total of £132,000 from a fund designed to support the “green recovery” from Covid-19 in the Scottish islands.

The NAFC Marine Centre has secured £75,000 for innovation equipment for shellfish harvesting.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has also contributed £110,000 in match funding for the project.

Bressay Development Trust has been awarded £34,000 which will go towards the cost of decarbonising community buildings.

EMN Plant, meanwhile, has secured £23,025 for a feasibility study to explore the potential for a green hydrogen production facility serving heavy goods vehicles and machinery.

A total of £500,000 has awarded through the Scottish Government’s Islands Green Recovery Programme, which is administered through HIE.

The funding is being given to “emerging projects that will contribute to the transition to a carbon neutral region”.

HIE is also providing £249,000 from its own budget to support the projects.

The development agency’s regional head of communities infrastructure Zoe Laird said: “Some of the biggest impacts of the pandemic have been felt on our islands and it’s important that support is available to help them recover.

“These important projects will support a green recovery and the transition to a carbon-neutral region. They will benefit many communities across a dispersed population and contribute to the longer-term recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

“I am very pleased we have been able to provide support and look forward to seeing the benefits arise as the projects take shape.”