NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Contracts agreed for Peterhead harbour redevelopment

Peterhead Harbour Image copyright PPA
Image caption The project will see the inner harbour walls strengthened and the harbour floor deepened

A £30m contract to redevelop the inner harbour at Peterhead Port has been agreed.

Civil engineers McLaughlin and Harvey and dredging firm Boskalis Westminster will carry out the work, which will create 100 full-time jobs.

They will deepen and strengthen the inner harbour, widen the harbour entrance and carry out land reclamation and demolition work.

The work is expected to take 18 months to complete.

The port said it would continue to operate without disruption while construction took place.

The harbour is being deepened to create access for larger and deeper-drafted vessels and also to improve access to a proposed new fish market in the North Harbour.

Public meeting

Work already completed in readiness for the harbour deepening have included demolition of the old Greenhill Fish Market and upgrading of electrical, gas and water services throughout the port.

Peterhead Port Authority said the contract was a sign of the confidence in the future of Peterhead as a major player in the fishing, oil and gas and decommissioning industries.

The PPA said: "The project will enhance Peterhead's position as Europe's premier fishing port.

"Across all sectors the port will eventually support more than 9,500 direct and indirect jobs throughout the north east of Scotland and will generate over £800m per annum for the Scottish economy."

A public information meeting on the plans will be held at 18:00 on 11 October in the Palace Hotel, Peterhead.

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