Ardersier offshore 'super hub' gets OK

The Port of Ardersier has been given consent by the Highland Council to turn the former oil fabrication yard on the Moray Firth into a “super-hub” for offshore wind.

The 160-hectare (400 acres) vacant site will be redeveloped into a manufacturing, assembly, operations and maintenance base.

The site, located 15 miles east of Inverness in northern Scotland, has a 1km deep-water quay and is ideally placed to service projects off Scotland’s east coast.

The Port of Ardersier Ltd, previously known as Whiteness Property, is now awaiting the green light from the Scottish government and regulators Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for the offshore elements.

It is anticipated that these consents, a marine licence and a harbour revision order, could be in place in the coming weeks.

Last year Highlands and Islands Enterprise director of energy Calum Davidson signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Ardersier, and offered support for the development of the site. Since then it “quickly achieved on-shore planning and marine consenting”, said Davidson.