AN Easter Ross port has sent out a message to the rest of the world that it hopes will lead to an economic boost for the area.
Invergordon-based Port of Cromarty Firth hosted a decommissioning reception at Holyrood which chief executive Bob Buskie hopes will pave the way for a slice of the action from a growth area.
The reception was sponsored by Highlands and Islands Tory MSP Edward Mountain in partnership with DECOM North Sea, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Oil and Gas Authority.
Mr Buskie said: "The reaction to this event shows there is a real interest in how Scottish ports and supply companies can engage with and benefit from this sector. Port of Cromarty Firth is ready to accept decommissioning projects, and so are other Scottish ports.
"There are more than enough decommissioning projects to go round and, with political help and will, we should be able to ensure that the next phase of North Sea oil and gas makes as significant an impact on our economy as the previous stages of the North Sea’s life cycle have."
Edward Mountain MSP, said: "I was delighted to sponsor this parliamentary reception with the Port of Cromarty Firth.
"Attracting so many influential people into one room, at one time, is a huge step towards their goal of a Decommissioning Working Group for Scotland. We need to do everything we can to tell the world that Scotland is ready for this kind of work. We have a hugely skilled workforce and supply chain already in place, so we should be doing everything we can to encourage decommissioning projects to come here."
Bill Cattanach, head of supply chain, Oil and Gas Authority, said: "We are encouraged by the confidence and investment in facilities such as the Port of Cromarty Firth and others, which showcase Scottish capabilities in attracting decommissioning projects to our ports. As the need for decommissioning grows, we must collectively seize this opportunity in a joined up way to cement the UK as a world-leader in this field and export this knowledge globally."