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Key port development funding boosts Highland prospects

Words: Roger Milne

Employment and development prospects in the Highlands have been given a boost now Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced a £4 million grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the construction of a new £25 million deepwater quayside at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

The 35-acre Invergordon Service Base, operated by the Port of Cromarty Firth, has been close to capacity for many years and this funding will enable an additional nine acres of land to be reclaimed for portside activities. The investment forms part of an ongoing programme by the port and could support hundreds of jobs in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland.

Bob Buskie, chief executive officer for the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “The new development will offer an additional deep water quay and essential laydown space, both of which are greatly in demand by the oil and gas market and the renewables sectors. The expansion is a crucial step forward for the port in securing future opportunities and supporting the economic health of the wider region.”