Major storage facility opens at PeterheadNews // September 13, 2011
A £350,000 storage facility has opened at Port of Peterhead, as part of Peterhead Port Authority’s ambitious plans for its Smith Quay development.
The storage base, which covers 8,000m2, provides additional working space to support vessel activities at the port’s £35 million deepwater berth, Smith Quay.
The Smith Embankment Project, which incorporates a 200m long berth, breakwater, dredging and land reclamation works, was built to attract new business to Peterhead Port through targeting sectors such as subsea, oil and gas decommissioning and offshore renewables.
The facility’s total working area of 16,000m2 heavy lift capability – and water depth of 10m – makes the site ideal for these industries.
Peterhead Port Authority says it expects the new storage base to play a major role in drawing fresh business to the port, through further expansion of its on-site services.
The facility offers a range of short-term storage options for goods being uploaded or discharged from the port. Customers can also lease space at the secure site on either a project or long-term basis. This will support large scale vessel mobilisation and quayside fabrication work.
The site also offers a very economic option for storing large or heavy items that cannot be readily transported by road but are regularly shipped, including subsea equipment, cable reels and potentially the new generation of very large offshore wind turbines which will be installed off the Scottish coast over the next 10 years.
The quay has recently been used for importing two shipments of wind turbines for installation around Aberdeenshire and this is expected to be an ongoing trade over future years.