Ports in the north-east of Scotland have denied charging oil support vessels over the odds for harbour berthing spaces and services.
Aberdeen Harbour Board
Aberdeen is set for a £350million investment bonanza after the city’s harbour board decided to press ahead with its expansion into Nigg Bay.
Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has agreed to move into Aberdeen harbour to support the construction of Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.
The £415million Aberdeen harbour expansion project took another step towards fruition yesterday after the project received consent for dredging and construction.
Marine Scotland has given its approval for Aberdeen Harbour Board’s planned £415million expansion into Nigg Bay.
Despite having some of the most ambitious plans of any UK port, bosses at Aberdeen harbour are not getting carried away as far as decommissioning is concerned.
Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) today said it had filled the newly created role of operations manager at the port. Following his appointment, John McGuigan, who has worked in the port industry for more than 30 years, will direct all “land based operational activities”, working closely with customers and safety authorities. Mr McGuigan started his career with British Steel and has since worked for Clydeport, Peel Ports and was previously the E.ON UK terminal manager in Liverpool.
Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) has discarded a study which raised environmental concerns about its £415million plans to expand into Nigg Bay. Green groups said yesterday there was a “question mark” hanging over the site after a report revealed higher than expected levels of metal contamination within the area to be dredged for the expansion. But the results of that study were discounted after second study came back clean.
The head of Aberdeen harbour said yesterday the decision to overlook the Nigg Bay expansion project for City Region Deal funding did not “make his day”, but was “not a complete surprise”. Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) had hoped to benefit from the £250million city deal, but will have to fund the project with its own profits and third party backing following the snub. Projected costs for Nigg Bay have shot up to £415million from £320million and AHB has previously said it will need to borrow up to £200million.
Aberdeen harbour has taken another step on its way to delivering a £400million expansion with the appointment of a legal adviser for the project. Pinsent Masons will advise on procurement, construction, funding, planning, environmental and property issues relating to the planned Nigg Bay facility to the south of the existing harbour. The transformation of Nigg Bay is seen as vital if Aberdeen is to capitalise on the cruise ship, renewables and decommissioning industries.