Return to action for mothballed yard expected in ‘very near future’

Kishorn Dry Dock
Kishorn Dry Dock

A director of Kishorn Port (KPL) has said the mothballed Wester Ross yard and dry dock could be back in operation in the “very near future” as it pursues North Sea decommissioning and offshore renewables projects.

Simon Russell’s comments came ahead of an event at the site today, where its capabilities will be showcased to around 90 oil and gas industry delegates.

He said: “We are currently pursuing a number of live enquiries which could see the yard and dry dock
resurrected in the very near future.

“After ten years of effort and investment at Kishorn, it is great to be on the threshold of awakening the ‘sleeping giant’.”

Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which is co-hosting today’s event with KPL and the Oil and Gas Authority, said Kishorn was an “ideal location” for decommissioning.

The organisation, which last year contributed almost £159,000 to a £450,000 refurbishment and upgrading of the dry dock, added that, with capacity to also build structures for the offshore wind sector, it was “only a matter of time before it witnesses a long line of projects”.

Developed in the 1970s as an oil platform fabrication yard, the site employed more than 3,000 people at its busiest.

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