5 October 07
EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED AT SCRABSTER
Exploration and production activity on the North West Continental Shelf
(including the West Of Shetland and Faroese waters) has put Scrabster on
the map as a recognised oil industry supply port. Scrabsterís location in
the far North of Scotland offers a more cost effective base over distant
east coast ports. The UKís most northern mainland port is only a six-hour
truck journey from the main logistics centres of Aberdeen and Peterhead
Significant investment has already been made by
Scrabster Harbour Trust in extending and upgrading the port. This already
allows the largest offshore vessels to access the harbour. Furthermore,
they can undertake this at any tide, and without delays that often occur
at other ports.
The growth in oil related traffic to the port over
the past three years is shown below:
Based on earlier infrastructure investment, the
growing reputation of Scrabster and the growth potential for exploration
and production activity on the Atlantic Frontier, Scrabster Harbour Trust
consider the time is right for further port expansion. Details for a £15
million blueprint targeting growth servicing the offshore oil; gas and
renewable sectors are set out below.
PROSPECTS IN FAROES AND WEST OF SHETLAND
According to DTI, reserves West of Shetland represent 17 percent of the
UKís remaining oil and gas resources. Developments in the area could
- Investment of £4 billion
- 15+ years of gas production satisfying 6% of UK
- More than 30 new production wells
- Some 800 km of new pipeline
While significant challenges exist for the
commercial development of the Atlantic Frontier, the potential prospects
in the Shetland-Faroes Basin remain strong Five fields are already in the
production stage: Foinaven, Foinaven East, Loyal, Schiehallion and Clair.
Appraisal activity has continued following Chevronís exciting sister
Rosebank / Lochnagar discoveries with 500 million barrels of recoverable
oil being speculated.
The following companies have scheduled further
exploration activity for 2008 and 2009: Chevron ( Capercaillie), Eni (Anne
Marie on the Faroe Shelf), BP (William Prospect on the Faroe Shelf) and
Faroe Petroleum (Ravanna).
An overview of the proposed developments compared with the existing port
infrastructure is shown below:
Revised layout following proposed developments
NEW DEEPWATER QUAY
A new deepwater quay and adjacent backup land within the portsí existing
deep-water basin is planned to meet the growing demand from the Atlantic
Frontier and the expected development of the Pentland Firth as a major
tidal energy supplier. There are a range of options for development and a
preliminary visualisation of the development is shown below:
The project would create a modern supply base and enable the port to offer
the same range of supplies as found in the more distant east coast ports.
In particular the development offers the following:
- Increased deep water berthing (at 8 metres water
depth). An additional 400m of quay would be created (at 8-9 metres at
chart datum). The overall length of available deepwater quay at the port
would increase to 730 metres. The supply basin would be capable of
accommodating 6 vessels at any time.
- Increased lay down areas, open storage and
warehousing. Additional land will also be acquired by the Trust, at
close proximity to the port, providing opportunities for further lay
down areas, storage and fabrication areas.
- Enhanced Heavy Lift capability
- Capacity to deliver new services such as bulks
and fuel. An improved supply of water is already available from new
storage tanks installed in 2006. Water is available at rates up to 100
tonnes per hour. Supplies of water have increased by tenfold in 2006, a
further 100% growth has been experienced in the first seven months of
- Access to high quality responsive services,
skills and project support
The works will enhance Scrabsterís ability to accommodate the increased
demand from oil supply boat traffic and the marine logistics required to
support development on the Atlantic Frontier and service the needs of the
emerging renewable sector closer to home.
Service installations in the Atlantic Frontier can save in excess of 20
hours on a round trip by using Scrabster rather than the principal North
East Ports. Scrabster already offers the oil sector significant
competitive advantages and operating cost reduction through:
- Faster deliveries of materials
- Higher vessel utilisation
- Reduced downtime
The new development further enhances Scrabsterís position as a more cost
effective base over distant east coast ports.
TANKER PIER DEVELOPMENT
A second development will see a seven-figure investment to modernise the
existing oil tanker quay. The 130 meter long quay will be heightened and
additional pier space created, ensuring that the new generation of oil
tankers can continue to access Scrabster to deliver vital supplies. The
trust expects the outline design and funding applications to be complete
by the end of 2007. Subject to finalising the finance and grant package
and obtaining statutory consents, construction will take place in 2008-09.
A preliminary visualisation of the development is shown below:
Unless this work is undertaken fuel supplies into the main fuel depot at
Scrabster would have to revert to road at a potentially high environmental
and delivery cost.
For further information, please contact:
Sandy Mackie, Trust Manager, Scrabster Harbour Trust
at the Harbour Offices, Scrabster, Caithness KW14 7UJ.
Telephone: 01847 892779 e-mail