Comhairle is to provide marine fuels

WESTERN Isles local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Sair, are to extend its marine fuels facilities to include Stornoway Harbour, writes Eilidh Whiteford.

The decision follows discussion with the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association and Stornoway Port Authority after pervious suppliers to the Stornoway fishing fleet ceased operations in the town port.

The new council project will involve the provision and operation of a 30,000 litre marine fuel tank as part of the Fuel at Fishery Piers operation, and the initial costings estimated a total of £43, 269.

However, councillors were told last week that this sum had increased, as a report stated: “As a result of additional costs, primarily relating to work and measures requested by the Stornoway Port Authority to significantly reduce the likelihood ground contamination at the site of the facility, the final cost of the project has risen to £53k.”

A total of £20,817 is to be raised by the Comhairle for the initiative, while 75 per cent of the project’s costs will be covered through a European Fisheries Fund grant of £32,452.