Clydebank MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is supporting recently announced plans for a new “marine and technology hub” on the banks of the River Clyde.

The plans for the 47-acre Carless former oil refinery site in Old Kilpatrick were unveiled by Glasgow-based marine technology firm Malin Group, with the company stating an aim to bring expert marine design and build projects back to the area.

As part of the plans for the new site, it will play host to providers of marine research, skills development, design and manufacturing, although they have warned that the former industrial site will require “considerable remediation” before being suitable to be put to use.

Mr Docherty-Hughes offered the plans his support after attending an event with representatives from the Malin Group alongside West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie.

The MP said: “Whilst still in its early stages, these appear to be ambitious plans which would bring skilled jobs to West Dunbartonshire and develop our potential as a maritime centre of excellence.

“The former Carless oil refinery has lain empty for 25 years. It’s a brownfield industrial site which requires significant remedial investment and I welcome the developer’s commitment to the Clydeside’s proud shipbuilding heritage.

“Malin Group has agreed to provide regular updates on its plans going forward and I look forward to working with all parties to ensure this project benefits West Dunbartonshire.”

The refinery, which was used by the Royal Navy, was in operation from its inception in 1918 up until 1992.

Since then it has been a derelict brownfield site which has struggled to attract investment or interest from buyers.

John MacSween, managing director of Malin Group, added: “The heritage of the Clyde is something we should be rightly proud of.

“We ourselves have been working on the river in the shipping industry for over 100 years.

“But there is a need to be looking to the future as well to ensure the long term success of the Clyde as a maritime centre of excellence.

“There are already great examples of this in the form of what is being done at BAE Systems and Ferguson Marine in the shipbuilding sector.

“What we are hoping to achieve at our Carless site is to complement these activities and bring other clients, companies, and interests to the region.”