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Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport

The Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport in the Scottish Highlands is a free trade zone driving Scotland’s net zero transition.

Strategically located with vast natural resources and commercial opportunities on its doorstep, the Green Freeport aims to build a world-leading floating offshore wind manufacturing sector. It also focuses on green hydrogen and creating a new innovation cluster in life sciences. 

With its Freeport status, it will offer a package of customs and tax incentives, alongside major new investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation.

Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport highlights

A dynamic cluster of strategic ports and development sites

strategically located right at the heart of Scotland's offshore renewables opportunity with easy access to the North Sea, Europe and beyond.

Green Freeport benefits

including tax relief incentives, enhanced capital allowances, streamlined customs procedures, duty free import and export.

Access Scotland's huge 45GW offshore wind market and 20-30 year project pipeline


  • ScotWind leasing: 30GW across 20 sites with 19.3GW of floating wind
  • INTOG leasing: 5.4GW of floating wind to decarbonise oil and gas infrastructure

Global hub for floating offshore wind

including the fabrication, assembly and maintenance of floating substructures and components to supply ScotWind, INTOG and the rest of the world.

Green hydrogen hub

using our vast wind resources to produce, store, distribute and export hydrogen on a commercial scale. 

Skills and experience

across the energy workforce and supply chain.

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A dynamic cluster of strategic ports and locations

The Port of Nigg is a superhub within the offshore renewables industry which offers:

  • 1200 metres deepwater quayside
  • 75 hectares laydown space
  • Large-scale manufacturing, marshalling and integration
  • Plans for one of the world's largest subsea cable factories and a rolled steel tubular manufacturing facility

The Port of Cromarty Firth is already a leader in supporting the offshore wind industry and has a long history of energy expertise and logistics. It offers:

  • 1000 metres deepwater quayside
  • 11 hectares laydown area with future planned expansion
  • Manufacturing, construction and integration
  • Unrestricted open storage

A key export and import hub experienced in handling offshore wind turbines, the port offers:

  • Access 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Storage and Marshalling

Ardersier Port is the UK's largest brownfield port and offers:

  • 180 hectares industrial site
  • Extensive quayside access
  • Redevelopment plans
  • Potential for large-scale manufacturing, marshalling and integration

Associated British Ports is considering Pitcalzean as a new base for offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and marshalling to meet industry's huge demand.

Highland Deephaven is an industrial estate offering large areas of brownfield land zoned and is available for development with substantial infrastructure already on site, including an existing causeway. 

Inverness Campus is a world-class location for businesses to co-locate with academic organisations for R&D opportunities particularly in Life Sciences. 

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Benefits of setting up at Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport

Ideal location

Set to become a global hub for offshore wind and hydrogen, the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport offers the perfect location to access the huge commercial opportunities offered by Scotland's huge offshore wind project pipeline, as well as wider Europe. With its renowned oil and gas heritage and offshore expertise, the area has the transferable skills and experience to drive Scotland’s offshore wind sector. It is already home to multiple leading supply chain companies alongside outstanding port infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. 

Access to talent

There's a large talent pool of energy specialists transitioning their skills for a net zero future.  You'll benefit from dedicated support for innovation and skills development to meet industry demand, as well as access to:

  • The PowerHouse - a catalyst for connecting business, academia and skills providers to support the future workforce requirements in offshore renewables and green hydrogen
  • Nigg Skills Academy - one of several training and skills providers in the region, delivering training and apprenticeships in advanced fabrication and welding

Live and work

Experience the incredible quality of life in the Scottish Highlands, which mixes the best of city living with the great outdoors. As well as stunning scenery and outdoor activities, many multinational companies are based here. 

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If you're thinking of setting up in Scotland and think Inverness and Cromarty Green Freeport could be right for you, get in touch today to discuss what you're looking for.