Kishorn Yard and Dry Dock is one of the first Scottish facilities to secure a licence for decommissioning off-shore oil and gas assets.
The Waste Management Licence (WML) will allow Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) to engage in the growing North Sea decommissioning sector.
The port securing its Waste Management Licence adds to the area's recent success with semi-submersible rig, Ocean GreatWhite.
KPL has also just been awarded financial assistance of £550,000 from Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the purchase of two dry dock gate anchor arrays to enable the anchoring of the dry dock gates in Loch Kishorn between projects.
Robert Muir, area manager for HIE in the Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross area team, said: “This market led investment greatly increases the chance of securing its first large decommissioning project and future proofs the facility for further opportunities in the manufacture of concrete structures for offshore energy industries.
“We are also delighted to invest in the upgrade of the dry dock at Kishorn Port which provides an ideal location for major decommissioning projects. It would be great to see it coming to life again, providing valuable rural jobs and contributing to both economic and community growth and the wider competitiveness of the region.”
Alasdair Ferguson, a Director of KPL added: “The invaluable support from the DCF and HIE has enabled us to further invest £1.6 million at Kishorn, making the site shovel ready for the receipt of oil and gas assets and a first rate decommissioning destination. We have already received a number of positive enquiries for the use of the dry dock, which we are now in a position to take to the next stage”