Construction work underway to redevelop Scotland’s Ardersier Port into offshore wind hub

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Haventus, the energy transition facilities provider, and owner of Ardersier Port, east of Inverness, has secured a £100 million joint credit facility from the Scottish National Investment Bank (the Bank) and UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) with £50 million investment from each.

The financing follows a £300 million capital commitment announced in 2023 by leading energy investment firm Quantum Capital Group, when Haventus began the redevelopment of Ardersier Port.
The facility will underpin the creation of a nationally significant infrastructure facility to support industrial-scale deployment of fixed and floating offshore wind. Haventus has taken a final investment decision and construction has now begun on the site, which includes the development of a new 650-metre quay wall and associated quayside (render pictured).

Based in Scotland’s Moray Firth, Ardersier Port is ideally located to support offshore wind developers and manufacturers of offshore wind components and equipment, as the c.35 GW of ScotWind and INTOG project pipeline is built out. As a tax site within the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, Ardersier Port will offer a 450-acre site with quayside access and suitable infrastructure for marshalling, integration, manufacturing, and assembly of offshore wind components. It will be the largest dedicated offshore wind deployment port facility in Scotland, capable of hosting and supporting gigawatt scale projects.

Once operational, the facility will significantly increase the offshore wind port capacity, to support the transition to net zero. As one of the largest industrial regeneration projects in the Highlands in decades, the development will re-establish the port as a major local employer, supporting and creating hundreds of jobs.

Haventus Chief Executive, Lewis Gillies, said: “We are delighted to have secured the support of the two banks as important partners in this nationally significant project. With their support, and that of Quantum, Ardersier Port is poised to become a critical offshore wind hub and an important job creator and enabler. It will play a crucial role in helping the country meet its net zero ambitions.”

“With work now underway on site, we aim to have the facility open and operational in the second half of next year. This progress has been achieved in a very short period, due in large measure to the constructive engagement we have had with the Highland Council, our consenting agencies and regulators and government departments.”

Antonia Panayides, transportation lawyer at global law firm Reed Smith, commented: “As governments focus on the production of clean energy, offshore wind energy has never been more important. The industry faces a number of logistical challenges, not least that there simply are not enough vessels to maintain and install the current and anticipated, worldwide offshore wind projects.

“Facilities like Ardersier create a real lynchpin for the industry drawing expertise and infrastructure together. This can help maximise the efficiency of the installation vessels in service.”

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