Tidal power and oil & gas drive investment at Scrabster harbour

A new report published today highlights Scrabster Harbour’s positive economic impact on the Caithness and Scottish economy as the harbour trust looks to a multi-million pound investment programme to further expand its facilities

The independent Economic Impact Assessment report shows that the harbour generates £25 million gross value added in Caithness and supports over 400 jobs.

The investment aligns with the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Vision for Caithness and North Sutherland to become a centre for marine renewable energy and a service hub for the oil and gas industry in the West of Shetland area.

The harbour (pictured, above) has a growing oil and gas and renewables base, making it a strategic supply base for the sectors.

The assessment by Grangeston Economics also shows that Scrabster is ideally placed for activity on the Atlantic Margin and offers a wide range of engineering, repair, maintenance and supply services. In 2016-17, 136 oil related vessels harboured at the port.

And with the availability of significantly more lay-down areas and proximity to the Pentland Firth, Scrabster has experienced an important increase in activity associated with the deployment of offshore renewables projects, for example the first phase of the MeyGen project.

30 Aug 2017

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