If successful it is anticipated that a Cromarty Firth Free Trade Zone would attract considerable inward investment into the Highlands, providing skilled jobs for the next 50 years.
Sinclair Browne, chief executive of Port of Inverness, said:
“We are delighted to be joining the steering group of this innovative bid to stimulate economic development and consolidate our existing skills and strengths into a centre of excellence for the renewable energy technologies of the future.
“The plans would benefit the area as a whole and it is very fitting for the Highland capital to be involved. With our excellent facilities Port of Inverness has built up considerable experience of the renewable energy sector over recent years and we look forward to the opportunities a focus on a green economy will bring to the area.”