The Hunterston deepwater terminal is a major coal handling port operated by Clydeport. In 2012 a proposal was consented to develop the UK's first offshore wind turbine testing facility at Hunterston and it began construction earlier this year. The facility is the UK's first onshore test site for offshore turbines and plays a key role in developing the UK’s offshore wind supply chain.
The facility’s owner SSE is working closely with supply chain partners Siemens and Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe to construct and test their latest turbine technology on two of the berths at the site. Once completed, it will be an extension of SSE's Glasgow-based Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy (CERE). The first turbine was installed at the site in October 2013, and at 177 metres tall with a 154 metre rotor diameter it is the largest wind turbine installed onshore in the UK.
North Ayrshire is home to the finest cruising waters in Scotland and has welcomed both national and international sailing events. The Scottish Sailing Institute has been based at Largs Yacht Haven since 1999 bringing championship level competition to North Ayrshire, ensuring the calibre of water sports in the area is of the highest quality.
This globally recognised centre of sailing excellence generates £2 million annually in economic impact on the local area, supported by the completion of their world class championship slipway in 2010.
Investment to continually improve the coastal facilities for the enjoyment of both tourists and locals is key to supporting the marine and coastal economy. Expenditure from resident boats in the west of Scotland generates more than £18 million per annum in revenue, making the economic impact of high-quality facilities unquestionable. North Ayrshire Council’s support for sailing is reflected in the Ayrshire and Arran tourism strategy and the pan-Ayrshire Marine and Coastal Strategy.
Together with partners, the Council actively promotes the development of marine recreation and leisure in the area as part of an on-going commitment to continue to grow the tourism sector in North Ayrshire.
To find out about how North Ayrshire can support your marine and coastal business to grow contact us on 01294 449944.