Energy giant backs renewables development in UK

Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC), which includes one of the deepest ports on the UK’s west coast, is being developed by Peel Ports Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC), which includes one of the deepest ports on the UK’s west coast, is being developed by Peel Ports

Plans for a new Scottish multimodal centre for manufacturing logistics and energy have received support from energy giant E.ON as its owners prepare the site for significant development.

Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC), which includes one of the deepest ports on the UK’s west coast, is being developed by Peel Ports. E.ON will provide strategic support to assess the project’s viability and identify a range options for providing efficient, secure and more sustainable sources of energy.

“The opportunity presented by Hunterston PARC clearly fits with E.ON’s ambitions across Europe to provide smarter, lower carbon energy solutions such as integrated battery storage and combined heat and power systems,” said Jim Cleland, UK Country Lead, Industrial Generation at E.ON.

“We have worked with Peel Ports for many years and this is an exciting chance to explore further opportunities, clearly focused on minimising the overall environmental impact for the long term whilst meeting customers’ expectations in terms of cost and energy security.”

Attractive energy solutions

The relationship will see E.ON helping Peel Ports to develop attractive energy solutions for investors and operators on the site, with the potential for renewables facilities and innovative energy approaches.

The 200-acre site is expected to attract significant interest from energy-intensive industries looking to tap into cost competitive, on-site power.

Located on the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire, 40 miles west of Glasgow, Hunterston PARC will have the infrastructure suited for manufacturing, processing, recycling and innovation, the site combines a deepwater port with road and rail connections, including two on-site rail terminals linked to the Largs/Glasgow line.