Invergordon service base plays host to its 600th rig

INVERGORDON is celebrating the arrival of the 600th oil rig to visit its service base since 1973.

The milestone was achieved when the Ocean Princess arrived at the Cromarty Firth Port Authority earlier this month.

In another development, the Jacky platform is also at the base, having travelled from Holland. It will be located at a new oil field close to the Beatrice field, in the inner Moray Firth.

The Jacky platform is awaiting installation using the crane barge, Matador III, also moored at Invergordon.

CFPA’s port manager and harbourmaster Ken Gray said: “The arrival of the 600th rig to the Cromarty Firth is a significant milestone in the history of the service base.

“The arrival of both the Ocean Princess and Jacky platform demonstrates the importance of the Cromarty Firth in generating both income and employment opportunities in the Highlands.

“We are all justifiably proud of the role we play in the development of the community.”