Rob Gibson SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands has hailed the announcement of ERDF funds of £2.5 million for Scrabster Harbour renewables infrastructure.
He said, "It’s a great start to 2011 for Scrabster Harbour. The award of £2.5 million from European Regional Development Funds pushed the sums needed to develop the quay and basin plan for launching marine renewables and general cargo handling much nearer to target. I hope that the small gap can now be bridged to see the starting gun fired this spring."
"The Scottish Government, HIE and the Highlands and Islands Partnership along with Nuclear Decommissioning Authority funds are pledged to back up the substantial cash input by Scrabster Harbour Trust itself. Caithness can be proud of the Harbour's determination. All parties should welcome this latest good news."
Note from Scottish Government PR today 3rs Jan 2011
• Scrabster Harbour Marine Renewable Infrastructure receives £2.5 million towards the development of strategic marine renewable port infrastructure at Scrabster Harbour. The ERDF funding is being requested specifically for investment in quay side facilities including a large lay-down area, lifting pad, lighting and security and is intended to satisfy the needs of the rapidly growing marine energy sector in Scotland. It will also deepen and strengthen the area's capacity to deliver on the Government's renewable energy targets.