Sunday, 20 September 2021 21:43

Global Energy Group opens £45 million Nigg facility

Global Energy Group welcomed Andy Samuel the CEO of the UK Oil and Gas Authority to Nigg Energy Park to officially open their new quayside facilities and to attend the first ever Oil & Gas UK Fabricators Forum to be held in the Highlands.

OGA Chief Executive Andy Samuel said, “Global Energy’s investment to extend its already impressive facility at Nigg is great news for the UK fabrication sector, a critical part of the world-class oil and gas supply chain which supports 375,000 jobs across the UK and contributes billions of pounds to our economy each year. I am also pleased to attend today’s meeting of the UK Fabricators’ Forum and reaffirm the Oil and Gas Authority’s commitment to work with operators and service companies to support the development of a strong supply chain anchored in the UK and competing globally.”

In thanking Andy for taking the time to come north, Global Energy Group Chairman Roy MacGregor commented, “we are delighted Andy Samuel of the Oil and Gas Authority and the various industry representatives here today, given we host the Oil & Gas UK Fabrication Forum, were present and able to witness our investment in the future. This additional £20 million spend in these world class facilities at Nigg Energy Park highlight to our customers, the provision of a 1000 meters deep-water quayside space, in addition to our dry dock facility with supporting fabrication facilities and lay down areas. I feel this investment highlights to the oil and gas and wider energy industries we are open and ready for business.

It brings our spend on Nigg Energy Park to over £45 million with our capability and facilities being truly second to none. We were delighted the CEO of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Alex Paterson attended today as it gave me the opportunity to thank HIE for their financial support for this and the wider projects we have completed at Nigg Energy Park. I am also pleased to say we are already enjoying an upsurge in subsea construction vessels alongside the IRM services on rigs coming into the Port of Nigg and taking advantage of these new facilities.

Albeit appreciating the downturn in the oil and gas industry at the moment and various delays in the emerging renewables business which is causing everyone concern, we took the positive step of continuing our strategy of investment in Nigg Energy Park. In doing so, we firmly believe we are sending out the right messages to existing and potential customers within the various energy markets, we have invested heavily in our capability, infrastructure and facilities.”

Terry Savage the Vice Co- Chairman of Oil & Gas UK and chairman of the Fabricators Group was very pleased people from the fabrication industry within oil and gas had taken the time to come north for the first ever meeting of the group held in the Highlands and said, “this is a particularly tough time for our industry but this extension to existing facilities is a fine example of where a company has the foresight to invest in modernising its assets and extending its capabilities to ensure it is fit to respond to current and future economic challenges.

Members of the UK fabricators forum will be assembling at Nigg for a meeting to discuss the challenges they are facing. Without doubt fabricators are facing difficult times ahead, so sharing thoughts and ideas on how best to create opportunities for the UK yards is really important.”

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