Scottish ingenuity is known the world over.

From the invention of the telephone and TV, to wonder drugs like penicillin and even, though somewhat disputed, the humble bicycle.

Initially setting up shop as a software company, his firm Ziyen Inc has now evolved to include an energy division aiming to snap up and develop marginal oil fields in the US.

And as founder and chief executive of the fledgling company, Mr Caithness is determined to use his North Sea background to capitalize on smaller fields found across the mid-west-like a pioneering forefather for the modern oil and gas generation…