Contract awarded for major Peterhead Port project


A joint venture partnership between McLaughlin & Harvey and dredging contractor Boskalis Westminster has been awarded a £30 million+ contract for the inner harbour redevelopment project at Peterhead Port.

The project will involve strengthening and deepening of the inner harbours, land reclamation with revetment, widening of the harbour entrance and demolition works.

The construction works will create over 100 jobs with a number of local businesses being involved in the project.

Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) chief executive, Ian Laidlaw, said the award of the contract was a sign of confidence in the future of Peterhead as a major player in the fishing, oil and gas and decommissioning industries as well as the Port being an important strategic asset to North East economy.

He added that the announcement of the project was the culmination of three years of detailed planning and design work.

PPA said, “As well as creating deep water access to the inner harbours, realignment of key structures will improve access to the inner harbours to facilitate larger and deeper drafted vessels. In particular access will be improved to the proposed a new and upgraded fish market in the North Harbour. The increased capacity and improved facilities at the new market will capitalise on the recent record landings and strong prices seen in recent months.

“All of the dredged material won from deepening of the Harbours will be used to create a 25,000m2 reclamation area for future development. While maximising the use of existing resources this also achieves the most environmentally beneficial use of the dredged material.”

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months and the port will continue to operate without disruption during the works.