Created in 2008, with the objective of re-establishing the Kishorn Yard as a major facility for the manufacturing and distribution of renewable energy components, the resurrection of the Dry Dock and the potential decommissioning/recycling of floating structures.
KPL is unique in the fact that it has an almost unlimited water depth just off the port in the Sound of Raasay. There is an 80m deep channel in Loch Kishorn with 100m plus deep sheltered berths in the Sound of Raasay. The Dry Dock is one of Europe's largest with a 160m diameter with 13.8m of water at MHWS. Equipment can be trialled in safe, low risk conditions within the Dry Dock, still allowing for real results to be obtained, even in extreme winter conditions.
The Dry Dock and adjacent Yard was famously developed back in 1975 by Howard Doris for the purpose of fabricating concrete gravity foundations for North Sea oil platforms. The 600,000 ton Ninian Central Platform was built here in the late ‘70s and is still one of the largest floating concrete structures ever manufactured.
The Yard was in continuous use until 1987 and then re-opened in 1992/3, when two large concrete caissons were cast for the foundations of the Skye Bridge.
The adjacent Yard, with its extensive hard standings, lay down area’s and hard edged quays has more recently been the home to Leiths quarrying activities and recently supplied the concrete to Balfour Beatty’s precasting operations for the new Raasay ferry terminal.
Ferguson Transport are also active at the Yard with their busy shipping and cargo handling facility, exporting fish feed products and timber by sea to a wide array of sites on the west coast of Scotland.
The Port facility has full planning permission for all the energy sectors including oil and gas, drilling rig life extension & upgrades, decommissioning and renewables. Onsite, there are established port facilities, agency shipping, stevedoring, craneage and transport facilities with work vessels and self discharge cargo ships based out of the port.
KPL has completed an Environmental Impact Assessment and planning and environmental statements for the entire site together with the development of a Master Plan which has been approved by The Highland Council to develop the Kishorn Port and Dry Dock site as a fabrication and assembly hub for the offshore energy sector.
Although based on the west coast of Scotland, plans for tow-outs round the north of Scotland to the east coast have been formulated, bringing many of the prospective UK offshore developments within reach. KPL is supported by having transport, warehousing and logistics links, both by road and sea already established onsite.