Lerwick harbour to service Rosebank

Lerwick harbour is set to become the main marine support hub for Norwegian company Equinor’s first phase of development of the Rosebank oil and gas field.

Contractor TechnipFMC is responsible for integrated engineering, procurement, installation and construction for the north-west Shetland oil field.

The subsea production systems, umbilicals, risers and flowlines it manufactures will be delivered, stored and mobilised at the deep-water port.

Local supply chain companies will support Equinor and its contractors through various work scopes, which will sustain and develop local employment opportunities.

Lerwick Port Authority chief executive, Captain Calum Grains, said: “It is another significant opportunity for Lerwick and Shetland to continue serving the energy sector.

“We are perfectly positioned to support this project, both in proximity to the field, bringing savings in sailing times, fuel and emissions, and minimising vessel turnaround time, and with our ready-made facilities, including extensive quaysides and laydown.

“The Rosebank development is an excellent example of how the offshore industry is implementing measures to counter climate change with lowest emissions possible while helping to secure the UK’s energy supplies enroute to net zero.”

Equinor and partner, Ithaca Energy, are investing $3.8 billion US dollars in Rosebank, which is said to have the largest untapped reserves in UK waters.


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  • Andrew Holt

    • January 5th, 2024 10:56

    Fantastic news, signalling a welcome return to partial sanity in the face of widespread climate change catastrophe hysteria currently infecting the debate on the future of our planet.

  • Jim Mudie

    • January 7th, 2024 15:58

    Nice to see sanity returning, and great news for Shetland being able to get involved in the project, also renewing ties with Norway again.

  • Bob Marsh

    • January 11th, 2024 16:49

    It’s a no-brainer for Equinor and Rosebank field contractors to use Lerwick port in view of it’s proximity to the project. The sad thing is this is one more Shetland resource being developed primarily by and for overseas investors in this case, with little other than relatively peripheral activities of direct benefit to Shetland and people.

    Shetland via SIC should have equity stake or % gross income yield from all such activities sanctioned onshore or offshore in it’s waters, to fund in turn quality services for the residents, health, economic power, transport, even tunnels if deemed viable.


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