In an historic occasion, the Port of Nigg – owned and operated by Global Energy Group – received a visit from The King on Tuesday 8th August.
The port, which is a key facility within the Inverness & Cromarty Green Freeport and renowned for its vital role in supporting the offshore energy industry, provided The King with a tour of its state-of-the art facilities and showcased the vital work being undertaken onsite.
Upon his arrival, The King was welcomed by Roy MacGregor OBE, Chairman of Global Energy Group, and His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Mrs. Joanie Whiteford, followed by introductions to key industry stakeholders, representatives from GEG, and officials from both the private and public sector.
Roy MacGregor OBE, expressed profound gratitude to the visit, stating, “We were honoured to welcome His Majesty to the Port of Nigg. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Port of Nigg’s achievements, the dedication of our community, and our commitment to being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability.”
During the visit, His Majesty took the opportunity to interact with the Port’s dedicated workforce, who are responsible for ensuring its seamless functionality and the delivery of critical renewable energy developments.
He was also introduced to apprentices and instructors from the Nigg Skills Academy, a “not for profit” training provider based at the Port, offering essential training in engineering, fabrication, and welding.
The King’s visit followed in the footsteps of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who previously visited Nigg in 1974, to witness the site’s development and emergence as a North Sea fabrication powerhouse.
Before leaving, The King was invited to sign the Port’s visitors’ book and unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit. He was also presented with a custom tartan scarf made by Black Isle fashion designer, Siobhan Mackenzie, and a bottle of malt whisky from Alness-based Dalmore Distillery.
His Majesty’s visit will leave a lasting impact on the Port of Nigg, fostering new connections and furthering the port’s reputation as a centre of excellence in the energy industry.