Construction of a new industrial estate to support the regeneration of a port is expected to be completed this week.
The £1.7 million Rathven development in Buckie has been designed to boost businesses in the east of the region, as well as firms using the town’s harbour.
The first phase of the site covers 27 acres with a further 22 acres available if expansion is warranted in the future. A warehouse has already been approved for the estate, three acres are currently under offer and another three parties have expressed an interest in taking other plots.
Companies involved in the growing offshore wind energy market have been earmarked as ideal firms for the site, which is close to both the A98 Buckie to Fraserburgh road and the harbour.
John Cowe, chairman of Moray Council’s economic development committee, said: “The town’s harbour is ideally placed to service the needs of the windfarm projects in the firth, both during construction and during the life of the turbines.”
Contractors Chap Group will complete the contract on budget.