As the world transitions away from a fossil fuel-based economy, redundant oil and gas platforms will require to be safely and sustainably decommissioned over an extended period. Shetland has been welcoming decommissioning projects since the early 2000’s and has a strong reputation in the sector. However, the current water depths at Dales Voe, and all other UK ports, is restricting the UK’s capability to compete for the larger platforms due to be decommissioned. An ultra-deep water port will increase the opportunity to secure more of the growing decommissioning sector and the developing offshore renewable sector, providing the UK with a capability to match that found overseas.
Dales Voe has been identified as the optimal location in the UK for an ultra-deep water decommissioning facility due to its sheltered approach, naturally deep-water channels and its close geographical proximity to both the existing oil and gas infrastructure and the locations that will be used for future offshore wind and low carbon energy sector. The Dales Voe Ultra-Deep Water Port project aims to create the required new facility with a minimum depth of 24 metres.
The Dales Voe Ultra-Deep Water Port project will be supported with investment of up to £9 million from the Scottish Government.
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