New accommodation ship arrives

Former cruise ship the SNAV Toscana has arrived in Lerwick to house hundreds of gas plant workers.

The accommodation ship has 500 beds and brings the workforce on the Total gas plant to more than 2,000.

The arrival of the 169-metre vessel means there are four accommodation ships berthed in Lerwick.

She is berthed at Holmsgarth five near the Bibby Stockholm and the Kalmar.

Last week The Shetland Times reported that Petrofac had made a cumulative loss of around £160 million on the delayed Laggan-Tormore project.

Petrofac spokeswoman, Sarah Fowler, said the company hoped to complete the project by the end of the third quarter of this calendar year.

“We’ve got three barges at the moment,” she said.

“Then we’ve got a liner in Scalloway and now this new liner, so it’s essentially three barges and two liners.

“With the new liner it will bring staff numbers up to over 2,000. We are around about 1,400 at the moment.”

Meanwhile BP has postponed the construction of a £500 million gas sweetening plant for six months.

BP spokeswoman Stephanie Millar, said: “Maximising the economic recovery of gas and oil from west of Shetland remains a priority.

“We continue to design and schedule work for an onshore gas sweetening plant on the existing Sullom Voe Terminal site in order to sustain oil production for west and east of Shetland and a secure long-term, reliable SVT operation.

“Given the external climate however, it is prudent to review the project costs and timescales and we have chosen to defer procurement and site preparation by around 6 months. This will also allow the project to reset to better weather windows providing a better basis on which to proceed.

More in next week’s Shetland Times


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