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Defunct dry dock receives investment boost

Kishorn Port Dry Dock

A redundant oil fabrication yard in Scotland is a step closer to being resurrected after receiving a £500,000 investment.

Kishorn Yard in Wester Ross was built in the late 1970s but the dock gates have not been opened since 1993.

Welsh marine engineering company Harris Pye will trial the dock gates following the investment by Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL), a 50/50 JV between Ferguson Transport and Leiths (Scotland). 

“We are delighted to have won this contract, and to be working on these historic gates,” said Harris Pye chief technical officer Chris David. 

The work will take six weeks and will include pumping out the hollow concrete gates – each weighing more than 13,000t – to allow them to float and let structures into the dock.

“The dry dock at Kishorn is one of the largest in western Europe at 160m in diameter with 13m of draft available, allowing it to accommodate some of the largest floating structures that have been fabricated for the North Sea oil and gas industry,” said KPL director Simon Russell.

The projected cost of decommissioning the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure has been estimated at £75bn and continues to grow.

Further development of Kishorn Yard’s shore side facilities and infrastructure will be needed, and KPL is actively seeking partners with decommissioning experience.

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