Dundee ready for UK decommissioning onslaught

18 Feb 2016
New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning and offshore wind sectors

New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning and offshore wind sectors

Forth Ports Limited has announced that it plans to make a large investment in the Port of Dundee.

It is set to invest more than £10m to create a new quayside with an industry-leading heavy lift capacity, coupled with a significant onshore operational area.

“This is an important, privately funded investment for the Port of Dundee which is ideally placed to service the needs of North Sea oil and gas, decommissioning and Scotland’s offshore wind sector over the coming years,” said Charles Hammond, chief executive at Forth Ports.

He continued: "The port’s existing skills base and location, combined with its riverside berths, deep water and rock river bed, put the port in a key position to become a hub for these sectors for construction, operations and maintenance and for decommissioning.”

The investment will result in the development of the quayside at the East end of the port, connecting to the existing Prince Charles Wharf.

It will offer heavy lift capability over its entire 200m length with an ultra-heavy lift pad at one end.

Coupled with a deep-water berth and significant land area of around 60 acres, will facilitate the handling of the largest cargoes, as demanded by these emerging North Sea industry sectors.

Mr Hammond added: “Our investment also puts Dundee in a position to benefit from offshore renewable projects such as Neart na Gaoithe which has the potential to deliver cost efficient renewable energy and economic benefits for Dundee.”

“We are committed to investing in the port to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support these industries and for the city of Dundee to fully capitalise on the significant opportunities they present.”

The construction process will take 18 months to complete with work starting immediately.

Upon completion, the quayside will be 200m longer than currently and will be one of the strongest quaysides in Scotland, at a strength capability of 80 tonnes per square metre.