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News from Peterhead

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From the Seagate, Peterhead
Offshore structures such as topsides, wells and pipelines need to be dismantled, removed and
Frigg field
disposed of, in other words decommissioned. Peterhead Port Authority is aiming to deliver a service for recycled equipment like pumps, flowlines, wellheads and concrete mats, rather than having big chunks of steel rusting on and off the Buchan coast. The Port Authority will continue to support the offshore oil and gas sector, but, with record catches being landed and new projects, it plans to concentrate on the industry the Blue Toon knows best – fishing has a history stretching back four centuries in what is Aberdeenshire's largest town. A £51million harbour and quayside redevelopment will create a state-of-the-art fishing hub. The town may welcome a new seafood restaurant in 2018.

With grain storage facilities and unfettered access, the port also services significant volumes of agricultural products every year, exporting timber shipments and crops, and importing fertiliser agribulks. Peterhead is the northern gateway to the Energetica corridor. Dredging and granite removal has created deepwater facilities which have enabled cruise ships to use Peterhead as a port of call.

Aberdeen Bay from the trig point
Renewable energy projects such as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) are benefitting from the port’s new facilities – the EOWDC floating turbines are being assembled there, and will be towed down to Aberdeen Bay next year. The wind scheme will trial next generation technology and boost the industry’s drive for clean, competitive power.

Part of the construction project for Statoil’s Hywind floating turbine pilot park is being supported from Peterhead. Hywind is located at Buchan Deep, 25 Kms east of the port.
Hywind powers up
Hywind Scotland has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid
Blogspot from 2013

The UK Government’s abandonment of £1billion of promised funding for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at Peterhead's
Peterhead Power Station

gas-generated Power Station was a major setback, a disgraceful decision after £100 million was spent on early project planning and delivery. At the 11th hour the plug was pulled with no warning to the people involved. CCS at Peterhead Power Station: 2014 blogspot
For an overview of the Blue Toon and regeneration in Peterhead, please refer to press releases from Aberdeenshire Councillor Stephen Calder in My Blogs and articles in the North-East Scotland gallery. There’s news about his sterling campaign work over many years in Peterhead, highlighting the deprivation levels in the town and the crippling effects of UK Government austerity measures.

'The shocking truth about tax breaks and decommissioning' - Alex Russell

Offshore Engineer article on ecology: options for decommissioning