SCRABSTER Harbour Trust has announced its £1.1 million ice plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month and will be in operation for the fishing industry this summer.
The new facility which is under construction will allow fishing boats to take on ice at any time day or night to protect the quality of their catch.
The £1.1 million ice plant will be designed to be more energy efficient, reliable and produce ice in plate form which will improve the standard of facilities at the harbour.
Port manager Sandy Mackie said the fishing industry is important to Scrabster Harbour and is confident the ice plant will serve fishing boats well.
“The fishing industry is vital to the Scottish economy and we are proud to be part of the industry,” he said.
“We are always looking to improve our offering.
“The investment in the new ice plant will allow Scrabster Harbour to maintain its position among the UK’s top fish landing ports.
“This investment reflects the trust’s commitment to ensuring fit for purpose facilities for the fishing industry.
“We look forward to it operating later this summer.”
A total of £685,000 funding has been awarded to purchase and install a new quayside ice plant at the harbour.
A total of £542,000 has come from European Marine Fisheries Fund via the Scottish Government with £143,000 coming from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Norwegian company FrioNordica has been awarded the contract for the supply and installation of the ice plant.
Thurso companies Alan Gow Groundworks and G Anderson Electrical have been appointed to undertake the associated civil and electrical works.
In order to maintain a steady supply of ice while construction of the new plant is taking place, the trust has set up an alternative temporary ice supply which the NDA has provided additional funding of £39,000 to support.