UK oil and gas chief opens new £20m quayside facilities at Highlands harbour

Andy Samuel (left) is opens the new extension at Nigg harbour
Andy Samuel (left) opens the new extension at Nigg harbour

Andy Samuel, Chief Executive of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, has formally opened Global Energy’s new £20 million harbour extension at Nigg Energy Park.

And he has also attended the first ever Oil & Gas UK Fabricators Forum to be held in the Highlands.

The new South Quay development at Nigg harbour, Ross-shire, comprises an industrial multi-user facility providing Global Energy manufacturing and support services to a range of GOR energy sectors (gas, oil and renewables).

Inverness-based Global Energy Group is one of Scotland’s largest privately-owned companies, employing more than 4,000 people in the UK and key energy hubs around the world.

Samuel said: “Global Energy’s investment to extend its already impressive facility at Nigg is great news for the UK fabrication sector, a critical part of the world-class oil and gas supply chain which supports 375,000 jobs across the UK and contributes billions of pounds to our economy each year.

“I was also pleased to attend today’s meeting of the UK Fabricators’ Forum and reaffirm the Oil and Gas Authority’s commitment to work with operators and service companies to support the development of a strong supply chain anchored in the UK and competing globally”.

Roy MacGregor, Chairman, Global Energy, commented: “This additional £20 million spend on our 1000 meters deep-water quayside space, enhances the already exceptional dry dock, fabrication and laydown facilities that Nigg Energy Park has to offer. I feel this investment highlights to the oil and gas and wider energy industries we are open and ready for business.

“It brings our spend on Nigg Energy Park to over £45 million with our capability and facilities being truly second to none. We are already seeing an upsurge in subsea construction vessels alongside inspection, repair and maintenance services on rigs coming into the Port of Nigg and taking advantage of these new facilities.

“We took the positive step of continuing our strategy of investment in Nigg Energy Park, albeit appreciating the downturn in the oil and gas industry at the moment and various delays in the emerging renewables business which is causing everyone concern.

“In doing so, we firmly believe we are sending out the right messages to existing and potential customers within the various energy markets, we have invested heavily in our capability, infrastructure and facilities.”

Later, Terry Savage, Vice-Co-Chairman of Oil & Gas UK and chairman of the Fabricators Group commented: “This is a particularly tough time for our industry but this extension to existing facilities is a fine example of where a company has the foresight to invest in modernising its assets and extending its capabilities to ensure it is fit to respond to current and future economic challenges.

“The Fabricators Forum will discuss the challenges they are facing. Without doubt fabricators are facing difficult times ahead, so sharing thoughts and ideas on how best to create opportunities for the UK yards is really important.”

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