UK’s oil and gas capital’s harbor, Aberdeen Harbour, has announced that its plans to expand facilities into Nigg Bay, to the south of the existing harbor, are to become a reality.
The beginning of the £350 million ($432.5M) project, which was recently granted planning consent in the form of Marine Licenses and a Harbour Revision Order by the Scottish Government, was sanctioned by the board on Monday. The construction contract with its preferred bidder, Dragados UK, is due to be formalized at a signing ceremony on Tuesday.
“We are delighted that, after six years of detailed planning and extensive consultation with our many stakeholders and the regulatory authorities, we are now in a position to approve commencement of construction,” stated Colin Parker, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board.
“Following a detailed engagement process, Aberdeen Harbour Board, in partnership with Dragados UK, a main contractor, will develop facilities over the next three years that will represent a step change in the marine support capabilities in Scotland. These will transform the port’s ability to accommodate the trend for larger vessels we are witnessing across a whole range of industries.
“The expansion will afford existing customers the opportunity to diversify and expand their interests, whilst attracting new customers and markets to the port, including up-scaled decommissioning activity, a more significant share of the available cruise vessel fleet and larger more cost-effective commercial vessels.”