Dundee harbour to build Britain’s biggest quayside crane to scoop up N. Sea decommissioning business

Dundee's bustling dockside still has plenty of room for expansion
Dundee’s bustling dockside still has plenty of room for expansion

Seven ports across Scotland have been awarded a total of £1.1 million in decommissioning grants from the Scot-Govt. to enhance facilities for the oil and gas supply chain to benefit from the decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure.

Grant offers have been made to projects in Dundee, Methil, Montrose, Ardersier, Stornoway and Hunterston.

The projects will support work towards infrastructure improvements for decommissioning at ports and yards –  including the installation of Britain’s biggest permanent quayside crane in Dundee. 

Alex Fyfe, managing director at Oilfield Machinery (OilMac) said: “The support we’ve received from Scottish Government has been instrumental in supporting our operations in Dundee.

“With this investment, this part of OilMac’s strategy has come to fruition at a time when we can optimise the opportunities for attracting business to Scotland.

“We anticipate future projects will begin at the start of 2018 with the creation of around four direct new positions. This is an exciting time for OilMac, and the city of Dundee.”

OilMac unloads three miles of anchor chain at Dundee harbour from a recent drill-rig decommissioning job in the North Sea.
OilMac unloads three miles of anchor chain at Dundee harbour from a recent drill-rig decommissioning job in the North Sea.

Nigel Lees, Wood Group’s senior vice-president of decommissioning and chairman of Decom North Sea said: This funding makes an important contribution to Scotland’s growing onshore decommissioning capability which can be exported to mature basins across the globe.

A further six projects from the second round – including two specialist decommissioning equipment projects in Shetland – remain under consideration, with a total value of £1.4 million.

During a visit to Stornoway Port Authority, Scottish Industry Minister Keith Brown, MSP, commented: “Companies across the supply chain are actively engaged in decommissioning projects, with Scottish based firms having secured more than half of the value of contracts awarded.

“The Decommissioning Challenge Fund gives a clear signal to the market to think seriously about decommissioning – a market forecast to be worth £17 billion by 2025 – and to plan and invest accordingly.”

29 Nov 2017

 

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