Tidal turbines for a renewable energy scheme in the Pentland Firth are to be tested and assembled at a yard in Easter Ross.
Developer Atlantis has agreed to lease space at Nigg Energy Park on the Cromarty Firth for the work.
Atlantis proposes to install four devices in the first phase of its MeyGen project in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth.
The company eventually plans to have up to 269 turbines on the seabed.
The Pentland Firth is a stretch of water separating the north Caithness coast and Orkney.
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