Kishorn jobs boost af­ter 23 years

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER ly­ing un­used for 23 years, Kishorn dry dock is to be used as a con­struc­tion site for the world’s largest float­ing wind farm.

Two hun­dred jobs will be cre­ated af­ter an agree­ment was signed be­tween Kishorn Port Ltd and Kin­car­dine Off­shore to build eight float­ing tur­bines. Work will start at Kishorn in Au­gust. Project di­rec­tor Car­los Barat said: ‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment which will cre­ate up to 200 much-needed jobs.’

High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) has in­vested £158,932 in the £450,000 costs of up­grad­ing the dry dock for the de­vel­op­ment.

Robert Muir, HIE’s area man­ager for Skye, Lochaber and Wester Ross, said: ‘It’s great to see Kishorn com­ing to life again. The site will pro­vide valu­able ru­ral jobs and con­trib­ute to eco­nomic and com­mu­nity growth, and wider com­pet­i­tive­ness of the region. We very much wel­come this mile­stone.’

The dry- dock is one of the largest in Western Europe and was last used to build sup­ports for the Skye Bridge in 1994.

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