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Stornoway Port Authority issues £49m deep water terminal contract

Stornoway Port Authority has awarded a £49 million contract for construction of its new multi-purpose Deep Water Terminal to building and civil engineering firm McLaughlin and Harvey.

Work on the transformational project at the Outer Hebrides’ main port is expected to start in the coming weeks and be completed before the end of next year.

The Deep Water Terminal will provide modern facilities for a variety of sectors, including the energy and transport industries, and its design will enable it to be adapted for a wide range of future uses.

As well as being able to accommodate on and offshore wind farm vessels and support other energy sector activity, its main berth will be suitable for the largest cruise liners, which will help boost the islands’ important tourism industry.

Development of the terminal is also expected to increase the capabilities and flexibility of the Arnish fabrication yard at Stornoway.

The Port Authority has worked closely with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (CnES), the local authority for the Western Isles, over the past four years to advance the project.  The trust port also acknowledged the important involvement of the land interests, including Crown Estate Scotland and the Stornoway Trust.

CnES is providing loan funding for the Deep Water Port development. Funding was also secured from regional development agency HIE.

Initial work to develop the new facility will include piling activity, blasting of 750,000 tonnes of rock and dredging.

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