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.
(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.
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.