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Hunterston expected to attract energy sector

Deepest port and plentiful land

Hunterston Port in Ayrshire is expected to attract interest from the energy sector as a centre for renewables and decommissioning, according to agents appointed to market the site.

It is the deepest port on the west coast and has more than 300 acres of development land which also makes it ideal for exporters, storage and bulk handling businesses.

Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC) combines the Hunterston Bulk Terminal, a functioning port facility currently handling coal and other resources; the Hunterston Marine Yard with one of the largest dry docks in the country and two rail terminals. 

Located on the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire, the site is owned by Peel Ports Group, which operates six UK ports and a container terminal in Dublin. 

Peel Ports Group is developing Hunterston PARC to support the Scottish Government’s ‘Circular Economy’ strategy.

Hunterston has a longstanding history in Scotland’s oil and gas industry having been used to complete the concrete gravity sub-structure for BP’s Harding Field and the gravity platform for the Maureen Field.

The site’s 100 acre Marine Yard has been earmarked as a suitable site for the future decommissioning of oil & gas structures as well as the construction of assets for the renewable energy sector. 

Andrew McCracken, director at JLL in Scotland which is marketing the site, said: “We expect the site to attract significant attention from prospective manufacturers, power generators and recyclers, as well as importers and exporters looking to tap into low cost, onsite power.” 

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