Global Energy Group and Siemens have signed a contract for the use of Nigg Energy Park in the £2.6billion offshore wind farm project which was given the green light last month.

A multi-million pound agreement will secure or create over 100 jobs, with related supply chain opportunities, from spring 2018.

Paul Wheelhouse, energy minister, presiding over a signing ceremony in Ross-shire, said: “Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland, an opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on Scotland's ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets for 2020 and beyond.

“This contract arising from installation of the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm will provide a very welcome boost to the local economy in Ross-shire and the wider Highland Council area.

“It is also an important milestone for the Port of Nigg, which has received more than £45million in investment since 2011 and is now well on its way to being recognised as one of Scotland’s key energy ports.”

Roy MacGregor, chairman of Global Energy Group, said: “Our hope is this new business relationship between us will lead to the support and development of other offshore wind farms, utilising Nigg’s extensive tailor-made facilities and supporting capability.”

Paul Cooley, director of generation development at SSE, said: “We look forward to working closely with Global Energy Group and Siemens to deliver one of the largest private infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Scotland.”

Ray Thompson, head of business development at Siemens Wind Power UK, said the German company was “working hard to....maximize the opportunities for local companies within the supply chain”.

Lindsay Roberts, senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s offshore wind industry has huge potential for both our economy and our environment, and it’s great to see Nigg reaping the benefits.”