THE announcement that Global Energy Group has finally secured the purchase of the Nigg yard was widely welcomed by politicians and business leaders yesterday.
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross SNP MSP Rob Gibson said the deal was a huge boost to Easter Ross and the wider Highland economy.
He added: “It is clear that the site has new owners who are rooted and committed to the local area and economy.
“The renewables revolution will offer many opportunities across the Highlands and islands, and with new owners in place Nigg can act as a catalyst for firms across the north and west.
“The benefits from this purchase will be widely felt.”
Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Thurso, said: “Nigg is a vital asset to the area. Its redevelopment will offer a significant boost to the local economy, potentially creating thousands of skilled jobs over the coming years.”
Highland Council convener, Sandy Park, said: “This is great news for the Highland economy and promises to bring much-needed and high-quality jobs to the region. We wish Global Energy every success in unlocking the potential of the site.”
Johanna Yates, offshore wind policy manager at Scottish Renewables said: “Scottish Renewables is delighted to learn that the Nigg fabrication yard has been given a new lease of life which will see 2,000 new jobs created, many of which will support engineering activity in the offshore wind industry.”