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Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport

Building a world-beating floating offshore wind manufacturing sector with sites in the Cromarty Firth, Invergordon, Nigg, and Inverness. (Image credit Global Energy Group)

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Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport

On 13 January 2023, Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport was selected by the Scottish and UK Governments to become one of Scotland’s first Green Freeports.

The Green Freeport aims to build a world-beating floating offshore wind manufacturing sector, creating thousands of new jobs and attracting £2.6 billion in inward investment. In addition to offshore wind manufacturing, it will focus on green hydrogen and creating a new innovation cluster in life sciences. When operational, the Green Freeport will offer a package of tax and customs incentives to attract inward investment and stimulate innovation and growth.

Green Freeport status will maximise local and Scotland-wide benefits from a pipeline of renewable energy projects, including the huge opportunities from ScotWind, and will place the Highlands at the heart of the drive towards net zero.

The Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport company is backed by The Highland Council, Port of Cromarty Firth, Global Energy Group, Port of Inverness and HIE, alongside over thirty regional and national businesses, public sector organisations and academic bodies. These partners will work together to maximise the benefits to our region and build future industries from this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity.

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Green freeport status for the Cromarty Firth will be a huge asset, driving collaboration between industry, academia and the public sector to stimulate transformational regeneration through economic activity, investment, innovation and skills development
Stuart Black, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

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New and existing businesses who expand or invest further within agreed tax sites may benefit from various tax incentives.

Please consult with an independent accountant or tax specialist for your own particular needs.

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Useful links

HIE is working with our Green Freeport partners to turn the proposal into reality – look out for updates here and on the links below.


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