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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Deepwater berth work starts at Port of Cromarty Firth

Construction of a new deepwater berth at the Port of Cromarty Firth and reclamation of nine acres of surrounding seabed has started as part of a £24 million development at the site in the north of Scotland.

The expansion work is due to be complete in August this year and alongside the new deepwater berth construction will also include a 154 metre jetty to service ships from the North Sea Oil & Gas industry.

The land reclamation will be carried out by contractor McLaughlin & Harvey, along with sub-contractors, Boskalis and local civil engineering company, DFL.

“I am delighted to see this important stage of the development moving forward. We remain on schedule to complete by the summer,” Bob Buskie, chief executive of Port of Cromarty Firth commented.

 “The enhancement to our existing facilities and boost to capacity will allow us to open up a wider business offering, not just within the Oil & Gas industry but to the growing off-shore energy market.”

Reclaimed land to recycle dredging waste

The foundations of the new reclaimed land mass will be formed from around 500,000 tonnes of sand provided by Global Energy Group (GEG), dredged from the nearby Nigg Energy Park at Invergordon.

“The recycling of half a million tonnes of surplus dredge materials from Nigg is a solid example of the strength of partnership working. The mutual benefits in terms of the environment, the economy, cost and time saving cannot be underestimated and proves the importance and value of our role as a Trust Port,” Buskie added.


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