New base at Aberdeen Harbour provides expanded support for Total E&PNews // January 5, 2009
Total E&P UK has expanded its logistics support facility at Aberdeen Harbour in a move significantly improving efficiency, flexibility and safety of operations.
A new marine base, with two berths totalling 200m and 14,000 square metres of back-up space, has been leased from Aberdeen Harbour Board at Albert Quay for an initial period to 2014, providing almost three times the capacity of the company's previous single berth base at Torry Quay where the oil and gas field operator's logistics have been located since the late 1970s.
Total E&P Warehouse & Team Leader, Ali Dear, explained: "The new facility is better equipped for running a shipping operation, with the main benefit in the increased capacity, allowing two vessels to be worked simultaneously. The larger Albert Quay base will mean a much more efficient and safer service and increased flexibility."
The reconstruction and deepening of the Albert Quay berths was complemented recently by the completion of a 20,000 square metre yard for cargo marshalling and storage.
BP Exploration's adjacent marine support base will allow the companies to share security and entrance/exit and will also create other opportunities for sharing.
Colin Parker, Harbour Board Chief Executive, said: "Total's move to Albert Quay is another excellent example of the continuing evolution of improved facilities to meet port users' changing requirements – as is the plan to redevelop Torry Quay."
Torry Quay is included in the area of the port's south side for which the Board are currently generating multi-million pound re-development proposals, designed to bring a range of further benefits for port users.