Work has started to transform a port that fed the UK's 1970s oil and gas boom into a poster child for the circular green economy, with plans including a floating wind platform production hub with pioneer BW Ideol that aims to propel the technology to full-scale industrialisation.

Ardersier, near Inverness in north-east Scotland, will shrug off its past as an oil and gas fabrication yard over the next five years to become “Europe’s first fully circular energy-transition facility”, claimed the owners of a site that covers more than 160 hectares with more than one kilometre of quayside.