Renewables plan

Peel Ports invests £150m in Hunterston wind site

Hunterston will be transformed under Peel’s plans (artist’s impression)

Peel Ports Clydeport is investing up to £150 million in the redevelopment of the Hunterston marine yard in Ayrshire, as it prepares the site to support the UK’s offshore wind sector.

The group is seeking major offshore wind projects amid growing demand for the offshore wind supply chain on the UK’s west coast.

A formal planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of the site, with a competitive tender process for developers launching in the coming days. The works will include substantial upgrades to the marine yard and utility services, including infilling the current dry-dock basin and construction of a new quay wall.

Lewis McIntyre, managing director – port services at Peel Ports Group, said: “Scotland already has the reputation, infrastructure and talent needed to support offshore renewable energy projects and meet our national aspirations for the environment and green jobs – we can make that vision a reality if businesses like ours are willing to invest and work together to make it happen.

“Our plans for Hunterston reflect our ambitions for a net-zero future, supporting offshore wind developments along the west coast of the UK and the east coast of Ireland, as well as supporting our local construction partners.”

Peel Ports held a series of public consultations on the redevelopment at the end of last year and obtained initial expressions of interest from developers earlier this year. The project will require planning permission, marine licences and other consents, and will include an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), before any works can begin.

It currently estimates the consenting process will be complete by the end of the year, followed by two years of construction.

Peel Ports has begun talks with several potential tenants for the offshore wind site, which will occupy about 90 acres of the 320 being redeveloped at Hunterston for the blue and green economies. The remaining 700 acres will be safeguarded for natural capital and biodiversity.

The redevelopment will continue the transformation of the former Hunterston coal terminal into a renewables hub.

Much of the site is already under option, most notably for an undersea energy cable factory and an onshore aquaculture facility, with further developments in the pipeline.

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