New £12m harbour on Shetland Isles aims to catch share of N. Sea decommissioning bonanza

CGI of Dales Voe South harbour
CGI of Dales Voe South harbour

The two year development of a new quay in the Shetland isles – aimed at exploiting the multi-million pound potential of N. Sea decommissioning contracts – has been completed.

Lerwick Port Authority and Highlands Enterprise invested some £12 million into the project to extend the quay at Dales Voe South to 130 metres.

But in the party’s UK election manifesto, the SNP yesterday claimed credit for the Dales Voe development.

Calum McCaig, the party’s Energy spokesman in the last Westminster parliament said: “Scotland is uniquely well placed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by onshore decommissioning work.

“But we must have the right infrastructure in the right place. SNP support has already led to major investment at Dales Voe in Shetland.

“Our MPs will fight to win UK government investment and ensure Scotland is home to the UK’s first ultra-deep water decommissioning port and associated facilities.

“Building on initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund, and working closely with the industry and regulator, we will seek to ensure our supply chain companies are strongly placed to compete effectively for contracts associated with decommissioning”.

The extended quayside can accept very heavy loads, with load bearing of 60 tonnes per sqm to handle piece-large oil and gas decommissioning projects and substantial cranes lifting sizable pieces of kit.

The quay can now accommodate berthing of vessels up to 185 metres long, with heavy bollards for large scale vessels (150 tonnes capacity).The sheltered voe, located between oil basins east and west Shetland, has 24-hour access to the North Sea.

The extended quay also provides deep-water, versatile berthing and heavy load capacity to take an offshore structure in a single lift, with a substantial, expanded laydown area.

Captain Calum Grains, Port Authority Deputy Chief Executive and Harbourmaster, said the project marked an important step in further developing Lerwick’s role as a leading centre of offshore industry operations.

He added: “Dales Voe South reflects our confidence in future activity, including ongoing subsea projects, particularly west of Shetland, and the developing decommissioning and offshore renewable markets.”

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