Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) in partnership with the Oil & Gas Authority (O&GA) and Highland and Island Enterprise (HIE) hosted a Showcase Day at Kishorn recently. Despite the unpredictable Highland weather the event was well attended by stakeholders from the oil and gas industry.
Over 90 senior representatives from the oil and gas supply chain, the Regulators and the local community were given an insight into the redevelopment of the Kishorn Yard and drydock by the Directors of KPL, Simon Russell and Alasdair Ferguson, with Bill Cattanach OBE, Head of Supply Chain at the OGA, chairing the proceedings.
Attendees were interested in the capability of the Kishorn facility to support a wide range of potential projects including decommissioning, the extension of life of North Sea assets, the manufacture of concrete renewable energy components and the mobilisation of floating oil and gas structures.
The day provided an opportunity for attendees to tour the site and see first-hand the results of the latest round of refurbishment and upgrading works to the Dry Dock, which is now available for hire. The 160m diameter facility with up to 13.8 metres of draft and its deep access channel is one of the largest dry docks in Western Europe and is ideally suited for use in the decommissioning, reactivation of rigs, renewables and fabrication sectors.
Helen Murchison, the Chair of the local community council gave her lively personal recollections of the Kishorn Yard from its heyday in the 1970’s and ‘80’s and the Rt.Hon. Ian Blackford MP gave his political overview of the industry and the relevance of Kishorn to the local and national economy.
KPL also plan in the near future to provide tours for members of the local community and local school children from the Kishorn, Lochcarron, Plockton and surrounding areas – to show the younger generation the fantastic history behind the site.