BREEDON Aggregates’ new asphalt plant at Daviot Quarry near Inverness has been officially opened.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, did the honours as Breedon described the £2.2 million investment in the area as “one of the biggest capital investments” the firm has made in Scotland.
Breedon said Marini plant will be capable of producing up to 180 tonnes of asphalt per hour, which is “substantially more” than the previous plant on the site, and it also has a much larger hot storage facility.
Breedon Scotland’s chief executive Alan Mackenzie said, “This is one of the biggest capital investments we’ve made in Scotland and it reflects our long-term commitment to the Inverness market. Crucially, it provides us with the capacity we need to service a number of major projects in the area over the coming years, including the dualling of the A9 between Inverness and Perth, the dualling of the A96 between Inverness and Nairn and the Inverness West Link Road.
“We were particularly pleased that the Minister agreed to open our plant today, given the consistent support he has given to major infrastructure investment in Scotland.”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Ewing added, “Infrastructure investment is central to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy and our vision for a prosperous, fair and well-connected Scotland. I am pleased to be here today at the opening of Breedon’s new multi-million pound facility which will provide a boost to the economy in and around the Inverness area and will also enable the company to compete for work on key national projects, including the dualling of the A9 between Inverness and Perth and further essential work to the A96.”
Breedon recently announced it has been awarded a contract worth up to £10 million by Wills Bros John Paul JV Limited to supply drystone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the £35 million first stage of the A9 dualling project between Kincraig and Dalraddy south of Aviemore.