emilyDragados has signed the construction contract for the £350M project to expand Aberdeen Harbour.
The project will see the port allowing deep water access to accommodate larger vessels in Nigg Bay. Dragados plans to start construction early next year.
“We are delighted that, after six years of detailed planning and extensive consultation with our many stakeholders and the regulatory authorities, we are now in a position to approve commencement of construction,” said Aberdeen Harbour Board chief executive Colin Parker.
“The expansion will afford existing customers the opportunity to diversify and expand their interests, whilst attracting new customers and markets to the port, including up-scaled decommissioning activity, a more significant share of the available cruise vessel fleet and larger more cost-effective commercial vessels”.
Dragados will build 1,400 metres of new quay, with a water depth of up to 10.5m and will create an additional 125,000m2 of lay-down area. It is estimated the improved port will generate an extra £1bn for the Scottish economy by 2035 and create 7,000 more jobs.