Dales Voe
Expanded Dales Voe Base and a vision for future
29 August 2017

Representatives from the offshore oil and gas industry, government agencies, port users and stakeholders were given an insight into operations and opportunities at the expanded Dales Voe Base at Lerwick, Shetland, today (Tuesday 29 August).

One year on from the completion of the £11.95m deep-water quay extension at Lerwick Harbour’s deep-water Dales Voe base, the success of the facility was celebrated.

The expansion, which is being led by Lerwick Port Authority, will ultimately support around 120 island jobs and will enable large decommissioning projects such as the Buchan Alpha floating production vessel to be accommodated.

The former oil rig which arrived at the Voe recently will be dismantled and recycled by French-owned group Veolia, in association with international energy logistics company, Peterson.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund provided £2.39m towards the expansion project.

Speakers included HIE’s director of energy and low carbon, Audrey MacIver, Director of Operations, Gunther Newcombe, director of operations, Oil and Gas Authority, and Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive.

Audrey MacIver said: “We are delighted to be here today to celebrate the success of the expanded Dales Voe facility. This is a culmination of a huge amount of work, involving Lerwick Port Authority, HIE, Scottish and UK Governments and the Oil and Gas Authority.

“It’s great to see Dales Voe competing successfully for contracts, such as the decommissioning of Buchan Alpha which itself is a tremendous success story. It demonstrates not only the quality of the facilities here, but also the capabilities of the supply chain companies and personnel.

“Our investment, along with support from partners, secures and enhances Shetland’s position to become a leading hub for decommissioning works in the North Sea. The location has been placed at the forefront of the sector in the UK and earned it the reputation and title of the UK’s onshore centre of excellence in decommissioning.”

Deirdre Michie said: “The newly-extended Dales Voe port facility is an excellent example of insightful investment, supporting the competitiveness of the UK’s supply chain through a range of offshore activities, including exploration and production, as well as the steadily growing decommissioning sector.”

The dismantling and recycling of the Buchan FPU – the largest project in more than a decade of decommissioning at Lerwick – will be carried out at the Port Authority’s multi-user bases at Dales Voe and Greenhead.

Once deballasted, the FPU will be moved alongside Dales Voe Base, with its 12.5 metre water depth. The project recognises the strategic importance of the location, and with funding from partners as well as Bank of Scotland.”

The project added 75 metres to bring the quay to 127 metres, providing the offshore industry with the strongest quay in the UK, at 60 tonnes per square metre, with unmatched capability and accepting the largest platform topsides using single lift technology. It also created an adjacent 45,000 square metres of lay-down space.  

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