As one of Scotland’s most sheltered natural deep-water harbours, The Port of Inverness is a natural choice for the renewable energy industry. The port enjoys unrivalled accessibility to the Highlands and because of its sheltered location, offers almost guaranteed access irrespective of the weather.
The port offers renewable energy companies heavy load assembly and ample storage areas immediately adjacent to the quayside. The North Longman Quay has a dedicated heavy lift pad and the main entrance has been designed to accommodate turbine blades in excess of 50m. Over the last few years the port has built up an enviable track records in this sector and has already welcomed machinery for the Corriemony, Rothes Extension, Berryburn, Clashindarroch, Coriegarth, Moy, Dumnaglass, Edintore and Hill of Glashyle Wind Farms. The main attraction has been the port’s open storage facilities that allows parts to be stored in a secure environment until ready to be shipped to the wind farm site thus minimising the need for on site storage.
In addition, a considerable tonnage of wood pellets is exported each year for use in heating large commercial buildings.
As a result of its strategic geographical location, access from the port to the surrounding hinterland could not be easier – a direct link via Stadium Drive to the Longman Roundabout on the A9 gives both north and south access.