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Scottish town readies for energy transition, recycling rigs into wind turbines

Across Scotland, sizeable offshore decommissioning facilities are being developed as well as offshore wind turbine development sites as the nation’s shoreline moves from its oil and gas past to renewables.

An oil rig decommissioning yard, a green steel fabrication plant and a hub for building offshore wind turbine bases are part of plans to create the UK’s first fully circular energy transition facility in the northeast of Scotland at a port town formerly a giant in the oil and gas fabrication business 50 years ago.

The port at Ardersier, on the Moray Firth coast near Inverness, shut down 20 years ago, but has now been bought by new company, Ardersier Port, which has laid out plans to transform the site, recycling defunct oil and gas rigs to make foundations for future fleets of floating offshore wind farms.

Ardersier Port owner Steve Regan said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a world-leading industrial and offshore wind manufacturing facility here in the UK. It is a simple plan where each element makes commercial sense as a stand-alone project, but when combined the benefits to the economy and the environment are multiplied.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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