Grant awarded to quayside project at Invergordon

Prospector One arrives by ship in the Cromarty Firth The port serves the North Sea oil and gas and also the renewables industries

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A £4m grant has been given towards the cost of developing a new deepwater quayside at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced the funding, which will be provided by Scottish government agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The £25m quayside project involves adding nine acres (3ha) of reclaimed land to the 35 acre (14ha) Invergordon Service Base site.

The port serves the North Sea oil and renewable energy industries.

Mr Ewing said: "The energy sector represents a huge opportunity for Scotland to reap both economic benefits and become an energy power house.

"That is why it is important to support the development of the Port of Cromarty Firth - which in turn can create hundreds of jobs for the area not just in construction but also for the supply chain."

Bob Buskie, of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: "The new development will offer an additional deep water quay and essential lay down space, both of which are greatly in demand by the oil and gas market and the renewables sectors.

"The expansion is a crucial step forward for the port in securing future opportunities and supporting the economic health of the wider region."

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