Supporting nationally important infrastructure
Construction of Aberdeen Harbour Board’s £350 million development of additional facilities in Nigg Bay, to the south of the existing harbour, is now well progressed, entering its second year.
The development, due to be completed in 2020, will include 1,400m of new quay, with a water depth of up to 10.5m. It will also create an additional 125,000sqm of lay-down area, making it the largest port in Scotland in terms of berthage.
It is expected that the expansion will support the creation of 2,300 jobs by 2026, as well as providing new and existing customers increased opportunity in decommissioning activity, cruise tourism and the
renewables market in Scotland.
Andy Wells, Head of Property at Crown Estate Scotland, worked closely with the Harbour Board to provide the seabed lease and dredging agreements. He said: “It is fantastic to see the progress made at Nigg Bay, with the expansion set to drive economic growth and job creation in Aberdeen and its surrounding communities.
“Aberdeen Harbour is an example of how our team works closely with local authorities, businesses, coastal communities and other partners to give occupation rights to Crown foreshore and seabed for projects providing marine infrastructure around Scotland.”
Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said “Construction of South Harbour is progressing well, and the project is very much on schedule. The project is of significant strategic importance, not just to Aberdeen but to the whole of Scotland and internationally. The expansion allows commercial diversification and future-proofs the harbour, enabling us to support large scale marine operations from a range of industries, including decommissioning and cruise.”