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Port of Cromarty Firth awarded two major Beatrice Offshore Windfarm contracts 27/03/2016
The Port of Cromarty Firth has been awarded two contracts by Seaway Heavy Lifting. These contracts will support the installation of the 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL).

This is a significant project for the Port of Cromarty Firth, which has been working hard to attract projects into the Firth in the current oil and gas downturn. Alone, these two renewables contracts are worth approximately 10% of the Port’s annual turnover.

The project will utilise the Port’s newest development, Berth Five, which was a proactive investment of £25 million made by the Port to attract more work from the renewables sector. The project was part-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund. The berth opened in December 2015 and was used by the Corriemoille Onshore Windfarm project last year.  

The first of the two new contracts is for berth and laydown space and the second is for office space at the Port. Work will commence during the second quarter of 2017 and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm installation activity is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are delighted to have won these high-level contracts which will help secure jobs in the Firth. In light of the challenges in North Sea oil and gas, we have adapted our structure to focus more on new business development opportunities.  These contracts demonstrate that this strategy is already delivering results.  

“It is fantastic that Seaway Heavy Lifting are using the new berth, as we designed it with offshore renewable projects in mind. We know that the Port is well placed for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, as demonstrated by other organisations in the Cromarty Firth successfully winning contracts. We’re hopeful that this new project will now lead to further contracts for companies operating in the Firth.”

Danny Sprangers, Project Marine Coordination Manager from Seaway Heavy Lifting said: “Port of Cromarty Firth was a natural partner. The Port is perfectly positioned geographically for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, and the companies based around the Port have the skills and expertise we need to fulfil this project. By choosing a Trust Port as our partner, this project will deliver benefits to the Port’s wider community through future reinvestment.”
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