Marine licences have been awarded for the construction and dredging operations of the Aberdeen Harbour expansion.
The work is for the £350M expansion of the Harbour into Nigg Bay. The harbour is a key facility for the oil and gas sector.
The expansion includes an additional 1,400m of quay, a water depth of up to 10.5m, a wide entrance and turning circle, and a laydown area of more than 125,000m2.
In September the harbour management announced that Dragados is its preferred bidder for the main construction contract.
The licences are part of a series of necessary consents that include planning permission in principle awarded in May and a Harbour Revision Order, which is awaiting approval by the Scottish Parliament.
“The award of this statutory approval marks an important milestone in the Aberdeen Harbour expansion project and takes us one step closer to commencing construction of the new, expansive facilities” said Aberdeen Harbour Board chief executive Colin Parker.
“If final approval is given to the plans, the resulting development will help ensure the North East of Scotland remains the home of globally significant supply chains, anchors decommissioning activity in Scotland, and puts Aberdeen City and Shire on the map as a major cruise ship destination for many decades to come.”