Lerwick Port Authority is set to create 4.5 hectares of new industrial land to be used as laydown sites to support projects in the energy sector.

The £1.28M project is being supported by £515,315 from the European Regional Development Fund and work is expected to commence this month.

Contractor Tulloch Developments will undertake the work over the winter with a view to the sites being available to support new projects at the port from 2014. A separate enabling works contract, undertaken by the same contractor, to drain part of the site before winter is nearing completion.

Three separate sites will be created, each will have an access from the adjacent highway and be levelled and drained.

Creation of the new sites is timely as the existing industrial space at Lerwick is at capacity and further support work for both onshore and offshore energy projects can now be enabled.

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