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A renewable energy developer seeks to relaunch the port of Ardersier

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The Autonomous Port of Ardersier and BW Ideol have signed a partnership agreement which could relaunch the site.

As part of this new agreement, the French renewable energy developer will gain exclusive and long-term access to the manufacture of concrete floats and the two parties have agreed to explore the establishment of a production line in series dedicated to the delivery of locally manufactured floating wind turbine substructures.

The Ardersier Port site is the UK’s largest brownfield port, comprising 400 acres of port area with access to a 2.2 km quay and 350 acres of statutory port authority.

Dredging will begin in October and the port is expected to be completed by August 2022. Separate plans for other areas of the site include housing and a new marina.

Platforms and other offshore structures were built at the old McDermott shipyard, which at its peak employed around 4,500 people. However, it closed in 2001 as demand dwindled.

The new plan could see the creation of nearly 2,000 jobs, according to BW Ideol’s plans for a new offshore renewable energy hub.

In July, business partners Tony O’Sullivan and Steve Regan acquired the former McDermott manufacturing site from Clowes Developments for an undisclosed amount.

The site on the Moray Firth between Inverness and Nairn has been identified as one of only three UK east coast sites with the size, shape and location capable of being an offshore renewable energy hub .

Paul de la Guérivière, Managing Director of BW Ideol, said: “The Scottish Government has actively initiated the development of a large floating wind industry in Scotland through Scotwind Leasing and the launch of a consultation for a New Innovation and Decarbonization targeted oil and gas.

“This pipeline of projects represents a unique opportunity to create a dedicated supply chain in Scotland – BW Ideol hereby reaffirms its commitment to manufacture floats in Scotland, creating a sustainable floating wind industry and maximizing local content in the process. “

Steven Regan, owner of the Ardersier Port Energy Transition Facility, said: “This strategic partnership allows us to work towards the installation of a critical manufacturing facility in Scotland, which complements our vision to use circular economy practices to implement the UK’s energy transition plans.

“At Ardersier, we will provide a world-class, multidisciplinary facility of a single scale that will deliver long-term, sustainable benefits to customers and communities.”

BW Ideol is part of Floating Energy Allyance, a partnership that has submitted applications to Scotwind Leasing.

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