Shetland has been chosen as the perfect website for a brand new ultra-deep port to hold out large-scale decommissioning initiatives.
Dales Voe, which was beforehand prolonged to permit former oil rigs to be moved for dismantling, has been chosen following a UK-wide feasibility examine to seek out the optimum and most cost-effective location for decommissioning work.
Norway already has a number of deep quaysides to decommission oil and gasoline rigs, and the UK business plans to compete for initiatives however wants bigger ports to function heavy elevate vessels.
The Scottish Government mentioned an ultra-deep port will help a wider provide chain in different elements of the nation.
The announcement was made as oil and gasoline operators and repair corporations collect on Shetland for an Oil & Gas Authority occasion.
Scotland's vitality minister Paul Wheelhouse mentioned: “This yr's Programme for Government reaffirms the Scottish Government's dedication to establishing an ultra-deep water port in Scotland.
“Following an in depth feasibility examine, which explored quite a lot of UK-wide choices, together with quite a lot of Scottish websites, Dales Voe was recognized because the optimum location with potential for a deep water facility.
“I consider funding in a deep water port will unlock the potential for Scotland to safe the biggest decommissioning contracts that require the biggest heavy elevate vessels at the moment in operation within the North Sea.
“A deep water port in Scotland will carry vital advantages not just for a single location, however as a key a part of an built-in and networked Scotland extensive decommissioning providing, with wider alternatives realised by way of the provision chain.
“We will proceed to have interaction with business to measure anticipated demand and to make sure that funding in a deep water facility will carry the widest attainable financial profit and most substantive enhance to the decommissioning provide chain in Scotland.”
Sandra Laurenson, chief govt of Lerwick Port Authority, mentioned the ultra-deep port can be “a superb future alternative” for Shetland.
“Such a growth would profit the nation, tremendously strengthening capabilities in a highly-competitive worldwide market,” she mentioned.
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“We sit up for working with the Scottish Government, together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, business and others on the subsequent steps crucial for such a major funding to be realised.”
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