McLaughlin and Harvey has secured a $49m contract from Stornoway Port Authority in the UK to build a multi-purpose deep water terminal.

Work on the project at the Outer Hebrides’ main port is expected to commence in the weeks to come and will be completed before the end of 2023.

This terminal will offer modern facilities for several sectors, including the energy and transport industries.

Furthermore, its design will cater to a wide range of future uses.

Initial work to build the new facility will include blasting of 750,000 tonnes of rock and dredging, piling activity,

Based in Belfast, McLaughlin and Harvey has offices in Scotland and throughout the UK.

McLaughlin and Harvey contracts director (civil engineering) John Mariner said: “We bring the experience from our ever-expanding expertise in marine works and look forward to commencing works in the near future.”

Besides accommodating on and offshore wind farm vessels and support other energy sector activity, the deepwater terminal’s main berth will be suitable for the largest cruise liners.

Furthermore, this terminal is also expected to increase the capabilities and flexibility of the Arnish fabrication yard at Stornoway.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The development of the Stornoway deep water terminal will be a game changer for the local economy and for Scotland’s aspirations to grow our renewables and cruise sectors.

“The Scottish Government has long been supportive of this project, which will create jobs and multiple economic benefits for the Hebrides.”
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Image: This terminal will offer modern facilities for several sectors, including the energy and transport industries. Credit: Stornoway Port Authority/McLaughlin and Harvey.