KYLE OIL DEPOT.
Possibility of Becoming Important Port.
For several months past Kyle of Lochalsh has resembled a busy shipbuilding centre rather than a Highland village set in the midst of mountains. The continuous riveting and hammering of the new tank, which is being erected for Shell-Mex Limited, has resounded from the surrounding hills, and given quite an industrial touch to the vicinity. The tank is now nearly completed and is to be used as a container for fuel oil for bunkering oil burning vessels. It is estimated hold fully a quarter a million gallons, and, rising some Seventy-five feet above sea level, will allow of bunkering by force of gravity. It is understood that oil tanker vessels are to be used for transporting supplies.
Kyle’s geographical position makes it an excellent choice for such an installation. The pier juts out to the fairway in the direct shipping route between the British west coast ports and the North and Baltic Seas. It is probable that, with the continued increase in oil burning vessels, that Kyle will ultimately become the leading bunkering port of the north-west for this class. This is of particular interest at the present to those engaged in the fishing industry in view of the likely extension of the fleet with crude oil engined craft.
Aberdeen Press and Journal , 20th February 1930