Energy infrastructure expert, SSE Energy Solutions, has signed a strategic partnership with the owners of Hunterston Port and Resource Campus (Hunterston PARC) to provide renewable energy for the proposed development of the site.
Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second largest port operator, is developing a significant energy and marine campus on 300 acres of land within the huge Clydeport facility in Ayrshire.
As part of the development’s plans, SSE will provide the infrastructure and renewable energy to power the operations of the park.
The port operator’s vision is to create a business park which will bring together leading industry operators, world-class academics and innovators to deliver technological advances in areas such as power generation and aquaculture.
The Scottish Government has set a target date for net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045 and SSE has an ambitious £12.5bn capital investment plan to accelerate progress towards net zero over the next five years up to 2026, the majority of which will go to low-carbon infrastructure.
The Hunterston site, which is just 40 minutes from Glasgow, is seen as an attractive proposition for development as it features a deep-water port, has on-site rail connectivity and crucially it is already connected to the national grid. The site was also earlier this year granted national development status under the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), creating opportunities for a slew of new renewable energy developments to come onstream.
The port group previously announced a long-term deal with sub-sea cabling company XLCC for a major facility at Hunterston PARC to include two factories, which could further generate 900 jobs. It gained final planning approval this year.
Peel Ports Group is committed to becoming net-zero across all its sites by 2040, putting it five years ahead of the Scottish government's national decarbonisation targets.
Peel Ports Group is the UK’s second largest port operator, owning and operating six of the UK’s most important ports (Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth). It also operates a container terminal in Dublin and owns BG Freight Line, which provides short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and Peel Ports Logistics, one of the UK’s leading shipping and freight forwarders.
Peel Ports handles approximately 70 million tonnes of cargo every year. 14% of the total UK major ports traffic flows through ports operated by the Group. Headquartered in Liverpool, it employs around 2,000 staff.
About Hunterston PARC Hunterston Port and Resource Campus (PARC) is a nationally significant industrial and multi-modal port located just 40 minutes from Glasgow. It is ideally located and features a deepwater port, on-site rail connectivity and national grid connections, and is vast in size, which allows for a broad range of options for occupation. Our vision is to redevelop 300 acres to create a nationally significant Energy and Marine campus, bringing together leading industry operators, world-class universities and the latest innovators, to deliver technological advances in areas such as power generation and aquaculture. This will provide energy intensive industries with low cost, on-site power and heat generation, offering a unique opportunity to develop innovative, self-sustaining, cost-effective, net-zero operations, aimed at supporting the delivery of Scotland’s 2045 climate change targets. It offers a number of significant development opportunities ideally suited to:
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