Peterhead port expansion could pave the way for decommissioning workNews // November 5, 2008
Local news sources say builders are poised to move in at Port of Peterhead in Scotland after the Scottish Government approved plans for the port’s biggest investment to date.
Peterhead Port Authority has been granted permission to build a 650ft quay and a 328ft breakwater at the Smith Embankment to meet the demands of the modern fishing fleet and, hopefully, enable the port to obtain lucrative decommissioing work.
"Bosses are also preparing to deepen the bay by more than 30ft as part of a £32 million project that could pave the way for decommissioning work," said reports.
"The new quay will keep Peterhead among Europe’s elite fishing ports, while the deep-water berthing facilities will open the door to North Sea decommissioning work estimated to be worth £15billion over the next 20 years."
The Scottish Government has now granted a Harbour Revision Order, the planning permission required to develop the port.
Peterhead Port Authority chief executive John Wallace said everything was almost in place and he hoped work could start in February.