Peel Ports is consulting on plans for development at Hunterston, North Ayrshire. The 300 acre site, was previously used to import coal to burn in Scottish power stations.
A new 20-year ‘master plan’ could see the port house an LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal and combined cycle gas turbine power station. Other options alongside include a manufacturing plants, concrete batching, marine construction and decommissioning, aquaculture and plastics recycling and storage.
The port, 35 miles from Glasgow, handled a peak volume of 10.3 million tonnes of coal in 2005. Since the closure of Longannet power station there has been no market for coal imports.
In recent times, the port yard has been utilised as an onshore wind turbine test centre. The two turbines are now in the process of being removed.
The consultation closes on 28 June, see www.hunterstonparc.com.
Peel Ports will publish a revised adopted Master Plan in 2020.