Peel Ports Clydeport has started construction of a new 16,400ft² storage shed for road salt at its King George V dock to support Scotland’s road network for winters to come.
The shed is expected to be fully built in 2023 and hold at least 40,000 tonnes of road salt.
Its construction follows a multi-million pound deal, with investment coming from Peel Ports and one of its customers, Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Company. The company supplies de-icing rock salt to local authorities and highway maintenance contractors in Scotland.
Once the shed is built, it will store salt shipped directly into the port from Irish Salt Mining’s mine in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The firm produces around 500,000 tonnes of de-icing rock salt per year from this mine.
Jim McSporran, Port Director at Peel Ports Clydeport, said: “This new facility will be supplying council road salt depots across West and Central Scotland and will be key in helping to meet tough demands during harsh winters.”
He added: “Given the unpredictability of Scottish weather, this deal will add vital resilience to the road salt market in this country for many years to come.”