A massive redevelopment at the Hunterston PARC (Port and Resource Campus) Construction Yard has taken another step forward.

Owners Peel Ports Clydeport have invited marine infrastructure contractors to express their interest in relation to planned upgrades.

The former coal port is being completely redeveloped by Peel Ports, with much of the site already under option, most notably for an undersea energy cable factory.

The company has already begun local statutory consultation processes, including public consultations, before submitting applications for planning permission and the other licences and permits that will need to be in place before work can start.

Peel Ports Clydeport said they were seeking early indications of willingness to engage in exploratory discussions ahead of any formal procurement process.

The company has this week issued a Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN), in response to which contractors can register their interest.

James McSporran, Clydeport’s port director at Peel Ports Group, said: “In support of Hunterston’s ongoing operations, and our proposals to transform the construction yard into a facility suitable for servicing offshore renewables, the issuing of this PIN will allow us to explore the market with a view to launching a competitive tender process for the works at a later date.

“Our vision for Hunterston PARC is of 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.”

Contractors are invited to register their interest through the ‘Find a Tender’ platform.

Pre-procurement discussions will take place this year with a view to there being an invitation to tender later this year or early in 2025.

For more information on the project, visit www.hunterstonparc.com.