Buckie Harbour to undergo regeneration to support offshore renewable energy sector

BUCKIE Harbour is to undergo a £770,000 regeneration in a bid to boost job opportunities in the town, Moray Council has confirmed.

The local authority said that it is currently in discussion with Ocean Winds, the developer for the Moray West Offshore windfarm, on how Buckie Harbour could support their aim of securing work via the UK Government’s Contracts for Difference (CiD) programme.

In addition to the two existing windfarms in the Moray Firth, the council said that a further 5GW of offshore wind is expected to be licensed for development over the next decade and a shore based development will be ‘essential’ for delivery.

Moray Council convener, councillor Shona Morrison, commented, “Buckie is well placed to support the blossoming offshore renewable industry and attract supply chain business that can include parts supply, vessel support, diving, lubricants, training and more.

“Using the significant PBIP funding to procure and prepare vacant and sites and derelict properties on Commercial Road for harbour development provides for fantastically positive regeneration activity in Buckie central east, supporting our aim to create employment opportunities in the town.”