Linlithgow-based Asset Integrity Maintenance (AIM) has been awarded a ‘major contract’ that will help extend the life of ExxonMobil’s jetty facility at Braefoot Bay Marine Terminal in Fife, Scotland.
The tanker terminal exports liquefied petroleum gas to Europe and the USA after being produced at the Fife ethylene plant, using feedstock from the North Sea.
AIM said on Thursday that the company already started work at the 233-meter long jetty for the first phase of a major upgrade program.
As part of the work, a temporary access structure will be used which will be suspended below the jetty and enclose the work area to ensure no environmental impact to the Firth of Forth below.
According to the company, the project represents the start of a major investment in the jetty, which handles the shipping of ethylene from the plant to ports in mainland Europe.
Jacob McAlister, plant manager at Fife, said: “Adding many years to the operational life of the jetty is an exciting development. It will take our operations into a new era and means we can continue to contribute to the local economy and employ local contractors and personnel.”
AIM’s scope of work will focus on the refurbishment, repair and protection of the jetty’s steelwork coating and will use abrasive materials and a vapor blasting technique that are environmentally friendly.
Blair McDonald, managing director at AIM, added: “This is an important contract for our company. Our local teams will conduct this key upgrade project in a way that maintains the highest levels of environmental protection. When completed, it will ensure the safety and integrity of the jetty for years to come.”
Located on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, between Dalgety Bay and Aberdour in Fife, Braefoot Bay Marine Terminal began operations in 1984.
It is part of the SEGAL system which was primarily created to handle rich gas production from the Brent field and then from the Fulmar field with a steady increase of tie-ins field, operators, and owners over the years.
The system is made up of two wet gas transportation pipelines, the St. Fergus gas terminal, Fife NGL terminal, and the Braefoot Bay tanker loading facility.
Wet gas is transported from the Northern North Sea along the Far North Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) line to St. Fergus and from the Central North Sea along the Fulmar Gas Line (FGL).
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