The upgrading of Kishorn Port (KPL) as its owners bid to win more work from the oil and gas, renewable energy and decommissioning sectors has continued, with the establishment of new on-site accommodation for workers at the remote Wester Ross facility.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has backed the project with up to around £95,000, saying it will improve the port’s ability to attract “high-value contracts”.
The new accommodation includes 28 single bedrooms in two blocks.
Kishorn’s dry dock, one of the largest in Europe, underwent a complete £450,000 refurbishment to bring it back into use three years ago.
Alastair Nicolson, HIE’s area manager for Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, said: “The dock has huge potential, not only in the decommissioning of floating structures, but in the extension of life for oil and gas assets, renewables and aquaculture projects as well.
“We are very pleased to be able to support this latest project to develop on site accommodation. This will enhance the site’s capacity and help it attract more high-value contracts.”
KPL, a joint venture between Lochaber-based Ferguson Transport and quarry firm Leiths, secured permission to redevelop the facility in 2013.
Alasdair Ferguson, a KPL director, said: “This support funding has allowed us to develop on site accommodation to support contractors and staff who are outwith reasonable travelling distance to work on site for projects such as the ones we are currently undertaking, and also for future contracts.”