Port of Cromarty Firth (PCF) chief executive, Bob Buskie, last night said that expansion projects totalling more than £100million by his organisation and the Global Energy Group (GEG) would help secure “jobs and prosperity” for the area.
And Mr Buskie added that, by working together, the trust port and GEG were beating ports across Europe to bring major contracts to the Highlands.
A £30m expansion of the PCF’s Invergordon facilities is underway to enable them to accommodate more energy projects and the largest cruise liners. The port has also secured a £10m contract to store parts for the Moray East offshore wind farm development.
Mr Buskie said: “Global’s investment announcement is further evidence of the long-term investment strategy being played out within the Cromarty Firth to help secure business opportunities, jobs and prosperity for the many companies and people living and working in the north of Scotland. The Port of Cromarty Firth welcomes the news.
“This announcement comes on the back of recent success being enjoyed throughout the Cromarty Firth which is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by the companies based here who are totally committed to the local area.”
He added: “When complete, the total investment over five years between GEG at Nigg Energy Park and the PCF in Invergordon will be in excess of £100 million. These significant investments allow the port to attract new customers, win additional projects and secure contracts which will benefit local companies and local workers.
“By working together we’re experiencing even greater growth and winning multi-million pound contracts against competition from ports across Europe. The additional quayside infrastructure at Nigg Energy Park combined with our own in Invergordon reinforces the port’s role as a strategic asset for Scotland and the UK.”