Hundreds of jobs are set to be created in one of Scotland’s most troubled areas for unemployment following an agreement between the owner of the disused Hunterston terminal and a new sustainable energy company. Peel Ports Clydeport has signed an option agreement with Essex-based XLCC for a 70-acre facility that will create 900 permanent jobs once it goes fully operational in 2024. Assuming the project receives planning permission from North Ayrshire Council, work will begin in April, creating a further 400 jobs during the construction phase. Set up in December 2020, XLCC plans to build two factories at Hunterston producing high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables used in the subsea transmission of renewable energy. Plans also include the construction of research and development laboratories, offices, stores, electrical infrastructure and high-tech cable delivery systems.
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