Commercial Sectors – Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewables, General Cargo

Stornoway has been identified as a key site for the renewable energy industry. Its location right in the heart of the best wind and wave resources in Europe, combined with its large sheltered harbour and proximity to the airport, make it ideal for potential developers of renewable energy products.

Stornoway Port Authority, on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, operates the deep-water pier at Arnish which is regularly used by offshore construction vessels delivering cargo to the Arnish fabrication yard. The Arnish fabrication facility is currently used for manufacture and assembly of oil and gas equipment as well as wind and wave turbines. It is also likely to continue to be used for both onshore and offshore wind and tidal arrays.

Stornoway Port has been used as a service base for survey vessels exploring the waters west of the Hebrides and is the natural choice for a home port for developers working in that area. The port is the closest to the Atlantic shelf, and with the close proximity of the airport with direct flights to Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh, together with a regular thrice daily ferry service, both personnel, equipment and stores can be delivered to the island quickly and efficiently.

The Port regularly handles specialist cargos of fuel, Aviation Fuel, Gas, Coal, Road salt, cement, wind turbines, transformers, fish farm equipment and feed, and a variety of other general cargo items.

Facilities within the Harbour include cranage, roll on/off linkspan, storage areas, weighbridge facilities and other cargo facilities located within the Harbour and at the Arnish facility which also includes a heavy lift pier (80tonnes /m2).