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Local Firm Awarded Port Contract 10/07/2012

The Cromarty Firth Port Authority, has just announced that a locally based firm has been awarded the construction contract for the next phase of their publicised port development plans.
Ross-shire based company, Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd, successfully won the contract last week to undertake works for phase 2 of the port’s development.  Contracted work is due to commence on Monday 16th July, with the target completion date of November 2012. 
Work will progress to bring 2.6 acres of port land, originally reclaimed by the Port, up to the same operational standard as the existing Service Base facility.
Activity first got underway in April this year, preparing the land ready for the next stage.  The awarding of the contract last week, worth a considerable sum to the successful bidder, means that activity can now resume.
Chief Executive and Harbour Master, Captain Ken Gray confirms “We are delighted that a local company has been successful in winning this work.  The Port will be spending in the region of £1m on phase 2 of the development and a large proportion of this will be with the Alness firm, Pat Munro, further demonstrating the direct and indirect economic benefits, as well as employment, that the port development plans bring to the region.”
Once operational, the additional port land will support oil & gas, as well as renewables related activity and support in the region of 50 FTE jobs.
Mark Bramley, Construction Director for Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd added “It is encouraging to see the investment that the Cromarty Firth Port Authority is committing to, with the further expansion and development of the port, and we are delighted to have secured this contract from them. Having undertaken a number of projects with the Authority over recent years, including Phase 1 of this development, we are pleased to be able to continue that working relationship and welcome the positive impact for ourselves and our locally based supply chain.”
Due to the success of the Invergordon Service Base, currently providing in excess of 700 FTE jobs, which can grow up to 1,000 FTE at busy periods, demand for the facilities has grown.  Demand will continue to grow along with the offshore wind farm developments taking place in the Moray Firth.  It is crucial that facilities are developed to meet these requirements, as well as existing oil and gas custom, securing business and enhancing employment opportunities for the region.

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