Loch Kishorn Yard
Attribution: Unknown (Fishermen at Ardaneaskan)
The Dry Dock
Last used in 1993, when caissons for the Skye Bridge were built there, the dry dock at Kishorn is scheduled to rise like the proverbial Phoenix in 2017 to help build floating turbines for the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm’s development off the east coast.
In its heyday the fabrication yard employed around 3,000 workers and it is anticipated that 200 jobs will be available in the construction phase to prepare the site.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has invested £159,000 in the £450,000 costs of upgrading the dry dock prior to commencement of operations.
Attribution: (All photos Alex Ingram, Lochcarron)
The 18,600 ton deck was built in Kishorn, and completed in 1983. The structure below this deck was built in Hunterston on the Clyde, before being towed to Kishorn for completion.
Along with being an operational and drilling base whilst the platform was in position in the North Sea (163 miles north-east of Aberdeen), the deck was also designed to house over 150 staff and workers.
At one time, approx 36 million gallons (100,000 barrels) of crude oil passed through the platform each day.
Standing almost 150ft higher than Blackpool tower, it was of a very unique design and a one-of-a-kind in the North Sea.
It was removed from the Maureen oilfield at the turn of the century.