Northern Ireland civil engineering contractor McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded a £50m contract for construction works at a new port on Scotland’s Loch Ryan.
The Newtownabbey-based firm will provide services including marine construction, dredging and on-shore pavement and buildings.
The new port will service the Stena Line operations between Belfast and Scotland and will replace the existing facility at nearby Stranraer. The full development value of the port is £200m.
The project, which received formal Parliamentary approval earlier in the week, will create around 900 jobs during the 20-month construction phase.
The creation of the new port will also aid the regeneration of the waterfront at Stranraer, providing an opportunity to develop 26 acres of waterfront.