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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lerwick to invest £11.95m in quay expansion

Lerwick Port Authority has announced investment of £11.95 million to lengthen the quay at Lerwick Harbour in the Shetland Islands to 130 metres.

Construction is expected to commence in in April this year and take 12 months to complete.

The work will be completed by civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall, a subsidiary of the Dutch construction group Royal BAM, and will allow the quayside to accept heavier loads to handle large oil and gas decommissioning projects and substantial cranes lifting sizable kit.

‘We’re delighted to have been chosen by the Port Authority as their construction partner,” Dougie Grant, Scottish Business Unit Manager at BAM Nuttall commented. “We understand the positive impact this scale of investment can have locally and we look forward to engaging proactively with the Shetland community to ensure this benefit is fully realized.

The Scottish Government along with development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, have provided £2.39 million in grant for the project, as part of a total £20 million investment that the port has secured from the Scottish government to become a “global decommissioning centre of excellence”.

North Sea decommissioning activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) area is currently valued at £1.1 billion by trade association Oil & Gas UK and this value is forecast to grow to a peak of over £1.8 billion by 2029.

“Dales Voe South is another value-added expansion and reflects our confidence in future activity, including ongoing subsea projects, particularly west of Shetland, and the developing decommissioning and offshore renewable markets,” Captain Calum Grains, deputy chief executive and harbourmaster for the Port Authority said.

At present, the port at Dales Voe is one of the principal deep water harbours in the northern North Sea and its existing quay is one of the deepest in Scotland, at 12.5m.

“The contract marks an important step in further developing Lerwick’s role as a leading centre of offshore industry operations,” Captain Grains added.

Project management and design will be carried out by Aberdeen civil engineering firm Arch Henderson LLP.

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