A new dynamic Scottish ports directory aimed at the energy industry has been launched.
Its aim is to provide up to date technical information on active marine energy ports covering the oil and gas, decommissioning, subsea and renewable sectors.
The Scottish Energy Ports Capability Directory provides businesses investing in Scotland with a searchable database allowing the users to examine and compare ports using a range of attributes. It also provides a range of in-depth information for individual ports.
The project has been led by a partnership of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise (SE) and the British Ports Association (BPA), building on work initially undertaken for the 2015 All Energy event.
The capability directory features 26 sites across Scotland with interests spanning the entire offshore energy sector, from marine renewables and offshore wind to oil and gas and decommissioning. The portal provides accurate and updated port information and it is hosted and managed by the BPA.
Gavin MacKay, head of energy industries at HIE, said: “We already have some world class capabilities in and around our ports and harbours, enabling world leading offshore energy projects such as the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and the MeyGen Tidal Array.
“This capability directory will further demonstrate the quality port and harbour sites in Scotland, helping to attract and accelerate investment opportunities.”
Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise said: “Scotland’s ports and harbours are fundamentally important to the success of our energy sector.
“Looking ahead, they will continue to play an instrumental role in helping Scotland capture an even bigger slice of the oil and gas, subsea, renewables and decommissioning markets.
“By developing this new portal in partnership with HIE and the BPA we aim to provide a one-stop-shop of Scotland’s port and harbour strengths and capabilities to help maximise growth opportunities and encourage new investment and jobs in Scotland.”
Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the BPA, commented: “In recent years Scotland has seen success in a range of offshore energy projects, with Scottish ports and harbours playing a crucial role in their delivery.
“To build on this achievement and generate increased business opportunities, we have been working with HIE and SE to develop a tool to showcase and promoting the fantastic facilities the Scottish ports have though the new capability directory.
“This portal will be invaluable for potential energy developers enabling them to analyse different ports, be kept up-to-date with development plans and source industry news, all in one location.”