Port of Cromarty Firth
– The Natural Choice for Renewables
The naturally-sheltered deep waters of the Cromarty Firth guarantee 24/7/365 access and egress for a quick turnaround. Laydown areas totalling 110,000sqm provide unrestricted open storage space and heavy load-bearing capacity, whilst the deep water berths can accommodate the largest vessels.
Port of Cromarty Firth has over 40 years of experience and a proven track record in energy projects, delivered by a world-class supply chain and a highly skilled workforce.
Heavy loading assembly and storage land adjoining the deepwater quays has the benefit of dedicated heady lift crane pads.
- Craneage, heavy lifting and forklifts
- Ships Agency
- Quayside crew
- Messing, laundry and canteen facilities
- Telecommunication services
- Hotel accommodation
- Open storage
- Dive surveys
- Waste disposal
The North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme has been established through Opportunity Cromarty Firth and brought together key partners who share ambitions for the region’s renewable, low carbon future.
The programme aims to develop a state-of-the-art hub in the Cromarty Firth to produce, store and distribute green hydrogen at scale to the region, Scotland, other parts of the UK and Europe.
Achieving this will help to drive forward the regional objective to become a strategic national renewable energy hub and achieve Green Port status from the Scottish Government. This would allow the Highlands to capitalise on a 50-year pipeline of multi-billion pound offshore renewable projects and provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people and companies across Scotland.
The Cromarty Firth has been identified as an ideal location for the green hydrogen hub. This is due to its proximity to large-scale renewable electricity supply and a high level of demand locally for this sustainable fuel, including distilleries, industry, transport (road, rail & aviation) and domestic applications. This is backed by local supply chain expertise and The Highland Council’s ambition for the region to become a hydrogen economy.
Interest in the Cromarty Firth’s green hydrogen opportunity has grown rapidly and the North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme Masterplan has been featured in the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement.
The Opportunity Cromarty Firth ‘Hydrogen Working Group’ currently features 40 member organisations, with a shared interest in developing a state-of-the-art Green Hydrogen hub.