Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has hailed the announcement that funding for the “transformational” Stornoway Deep Water Terminal project has been secured.
Earlier today, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing confirmed £49 million worth of investment from a number of partners to strengthen transport links and support a range of diverse industries in the Western Isles.
The project includes a facility for berthing for cruise ships up to 350 metres long, a new deep water berth to cater for larger cargo vessels, and a freight ferry berth; berthing and unloading facilities for renewable energy components and development land for a range of uses such as industrial processes and decommissioning.
A deep-water port is a crucial part of Stornoway Port Authority’s ambitious 20-year masterplan and more than 200 jobs will be created through the development of the terminal.
Alasdair Allan commented:
“This is a project that will create economic growth for the islands for years to come and I am delighted with today’s announcement of significant investment.
“I first met with the Cabinet Secretary about the Port Authority’s plans back in 2017, and he - and the Scottish Government - quickly appreciated how important these proposals could be.
“I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous amount of work the Port Authority have put into this development, as well as the work of other partners such as HIE, the Comhairle and the Scottish Government.
“This project will mean that Stornoway is well-placed to take advantage of a diverse range of economic opportunities and bring in much-needed jobs. I look forward to seeing the terminal take shape over the course of next year.”