Oil & Gas
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Opportunities West of Shetland
The oil and gas industry has had a significant presence in Caithness and North Sutherland for a number of years, most notably BP in the West of Shetland field with their “Foinaven” and “Schiehallion” developments and more recently the new BP Kinnoull field.
Oil and gas companies Subsea 7 and Kongsberg Maritime have an established presence in Wick while Scrabster Harbour is a key port for servicing and supporting the oil and gas sector.
On a round trip 24 hours of vessel time can be saved for West of Shetland operators when they use Scrabster rather than Aberdeen. By reducing transit time there are further opportunities for cost savings and reducing delays offshore. Wick Harbour on the east coast of Caithness is also strategically placed.
Wick John O’Groats Airport have worked with Chevron as a base for offshore workers flying to their West of Shetland fields. Businesses located both at the airport and in the surrounding area have worked together to provide a range of services to meet the needs of this business - a perfect example of the capabilities and “can do” attitude the area has to bring to operators in the oil and gas sector.
The video below provides an intriguing insight into oil & gas activity here in Caithness. Offshore activity is ramping up on Premier Oil’s Catcher project in the North Sea, with all three Pipeline Bundles now successfully installed. Subsea 7’s Alasdair Farquharson and Tammie Sebire and Jon Taylor of Premier Oil reflect on the significance of the first Bundle launch in Wick.