Marine Scotland has announced the award of two marine licences in support of Aberdeen Harbour’s major plans to expand its facilities into Nigg Bay, to the south of the existing harbour.

Issued under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, the licences cover both construction and dredging operations associated with the project, and form part of a wider consenting strategy, which included Planning Permission in Principle, awarded by Aberdeen City Council in May this year, and a Harbour Revision Order, which was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 28 October and must be approved by the Parliament before it can be made.

Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, told Decom North Sea; “The award of this statutory approval marks an important milestone in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project and takes us one step closer to commencing construction of the new, expansive facilities.  

If final approval is given to the plans, the resulting development will be a game changer for port capacity in the North East of Scotland, and for those planning decommissioning activity. The development will provide 1400 metres of quay with a water depth of up to 10.5 metres and all adjacent to the Oil & Gas Industry centres of excellence and within proximity of the established supply chain. The new facilities, which will have barge capacity, will also enjoy ease of access to major trunk routes, including the AWPR and will offer significant heavy lift capacity”. 

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