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Peterhead Port Authority is fully committed to attracting business from the renewables sector and is working with strategic partners in the Peterhead area to offer an outstanding service to this market. 

Peterhead Port Authority is geographically exceptionally well placed, operates 24/7 and provides essential support including:

  • Experienced and qualified personnel

  • Full pilotage

  • Radar and radio monitoring

  • Weather forecasts

  • Berth requests

Berthing is quick and efficient and the port has extensive experience of servicing vessels for the subsea sector.

Smith Quay has a 180-metre berth, and can take vessels with a draft of up to 10m. The unique selling point, however, is the 16,000m2 of working area, complemented by a further 32,000m2 in reclaimed land to the west, which is ideally suited to both the offshore and onshore renewables sectors.

The port was involved in construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), an offshore wind test and demonstration facility developed by Swedish energy group Vattenfall off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

The port accommodated floating cranes with a maximum lifting capacity of 5,000t and barges that transported the 11 turbine foundations to the wind farm.

In addition, the port provides a dedicated berth for vessels operating on the Hywind project 18 miles off Peterhead, the world’s first commercial offshore wind farm using floating turbines. Hywind is a joint venture between Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Masdar.

The port sits at the north end of the 30-mile Energetica corridor, which runs to Peterhead from Bridge of Don in the south and from Aberdeen Airport in the west.

More than 470 offshore installations, 5,000 wells, 10,000-14,000 km of pipeline and 15 inshore terminals may also require decommissioning in the next 20 years.

Through the Peterhead Energy Hub, the town offers not only excellent port facilities but also access to development land now being actively marketed to attract engineering and component manufacturing and fabrication.

Peterhead is working closely with research and development agencies, businesses offering cutting-edge technology and those with international services activity to ensure that the skills base developed within the subsea sector transfers to both the renewables and decommissioning marketplace.

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