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Renewables Success 28/04/2011

With the advancement of ground-breaking innovation in the renewable marine energy industry, the Cromarty Firth Port Authority has had the opportunity to demonstrate that everything is possible and there is nothing that cannot be achieved via the facilities in the Firth. 

For many years, the Cromarty Firth has been recognised worldwide as a hub for Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of oil rigs and subsea engineering; however the growth of the renewable energy industry has seen the area and the Invergordon Service Base, become a major service facility for the renewables industry. 

The Invergordon Service Base has already established a reputation for excellence in the handling and deploying of onshore turbines, having already handled over 180 complete units. 

Today this experience extends to offshore wind and wave, with a track record which includes the successful completion of the assembly and shipping services on two experimental 5 MW turbines for the Beatrice field, and new generation wave and tide energy devices – the Atlantic, the Oyster and the Open Hydro Scheme.
Chief Executive and Harbour Master for the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Captain Ken Gray, said “We are delighted that so many organisations have started to choose the Invergordon Service Base and the Firth, with its locally based, internationally recognised, highly skilled companies for the fabrication and assembly of ground breaking wave and wind technology. “

The Port is situated in deep, very sheltered waters and geographically ideally positioned close to the tempestuous waters off the North-Eastern Scottish coastline, ideal as a testing ground.  Ken continues, “The Port and the Service Base also happen to be the closest facility to the Round Two and Three Beatrice Wind Farms and in order to be ready to meet the requirement of this growing sector, we have recently concluded a programme of investment and upgrade of facilities.  We have also embarked on a 20 year master plan, to ensure that facilities are ready to meet demand.”

Ken concludes, “the main message to take from our proven track record is this:  the Invergordon Service Base and the Cromarty Firth can safely and successfully meet all your renewable energy project requirements.”

Today, the Cromarty Firth is poised to become a major contributor to Scotland’s aim of generating 80% of its energy requirements from renewable resources by 2020.

Cromarty Firth Port Authority will be attending this year’s All Energy exhibition in Aberdeen, Stand number J15, on 18/19 May, where their experience and expertise will be on display.

Notes to Editors:

The Cromarty Firth Port Authority is operated as a Trust Port, under its own act of parliament.  It is the custodian of the Firth, being responsible for safe navigation, the environment and developing its berths and facilities at Invergordon and Saltburn for the benefit of all its stakeholders. 
CFPA is managed by an appointed Board of seven members plus a Chief Executive and has no shareholders.  Its primary function is to protect the Firth and to assist in generating employment opportunities. 
The estimated income to the Highland economy by the Firth, excluding crude oil exports, is estimated to exceed £100million per year.

A total of over £4million has been invested in the Invergordon Service Base in the last 4 years to improve security fencing, roads, hard standing, lighting access, car parking, undercover storage and tank storage. 

For more information, contact
Capt Ken Gray
Chief Executive/ Harbour Master
Cromarty Firth Port Authority
Port Office
Shore Road
IV18 0HD

01349 852 308

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