A Scottish port is expanding its quayside following the recent award of a £10M contract for the Moray East offshore windfarm that will see it become the intermediate port for the 95-turbine development.
The new quayside at Port of Cromarty Firth will generate over 140 new jobs across the Highlands and Islands and have a 218-m quayside and nine acres of laydown. Intended as an energy and cruise hub, it will be completed by 2020 and be able to accommodate large-scale renewable, decommissioning and oil and gas projects and berth the largest cruise ships currently being designed and built.
The new facility will be the second quayside and laydown area built by the port in three years. In 2015/16, the port invested £25M in a new 150-m quayside and nine acre laydown area, which contributed to its most successful year in 2017.
The new quayside will be funded jointly by the port and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), including support from the European Regional Development Fund, and with help from the commercial lender RBS.
HIE chief executive Charlotte Wright said “We are delighted to be supporting this significant expansion by the Port of Cromarty Firth. As well as enabling the port to fulfil its latest major contract for the Moray East windfarm project, this investment will also put it in a strong position to win further business in the energy sector and expand its capacity in the growing cruise ship market.
“By strengthening Scotland’s renewable energy supply chain, and creating new opportunities in the tourism sector, we believe this ambitious project will generate wider economic benefits well beyond the Inner Moray Firth.”
On 29 November 2018, Port of Cromarty Firth announced that Roadbridge UK Ltd had won the contract to construct the new hub.