A new Stornoway deep water port, hailed as a “game-changer” for the region's renewable energy ambitions, is taking shape.
Last month, when the much anticipated announcement was made of winners and losers under the Contracts for Difference scheme, it seemed the 20 year struggle for the Western Isles to be connected for generation purposes to the National Grid had finally prevailed.
A major contract to design one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in the Outer Hebrides was awarded yesterday.
Stornoway is seeking bids to develop a deep water port, which could bring in fresh opportunities in decommissioning and renewables.
Plans to regenerate a north harbour as part of a 20-year masterplan have taken a major step forward.
Ports in the Highlands and Islands region have snapped up a share of the spoils from the Scottish Government’s new decommissioning funding-pot.
A Scottish Government fund for helping the country secure decommissioning work has awarded £1.1million worth of backing to six ports.
Test drilling is due to start this week in the seabed off Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides, as part of plans to create a deep-water port there.
A storm is brewing in the Western Isles as a war over the rights to a lucrative windfarm begins at the Scottish Land Court tomorrow.
Unions have called on the Scottish Government to support a manufacturing yard in Stornoway at risk of being mothballed. The GMB and Unite have written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asking for support to attract contracts to the Arnish yard. The fabrication yard is operated by Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), which also operates two yards in Fife.