A NEW deepwater quayside in Ross-shire is being backed by a £4 million grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The sum brings the redevelopment cost of the Port of Cromarty Firth to around £25 million.

The deep water berth is said to be in demand by businesses working in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

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The 35 acre base in Invergordon has been operating at close to capacity in recent years with the latest money allowing an additional nine acres of land to be reclaimed.