Kishorn Port (KPL), a joint venture between Ferguson Transport & Shipping and Leiths (Scotland), has started the first phase of work to resume the dry dock facility at the redundant oil fabrication yard at Kishorn, located on the west coast of Scotland.

A total of £500k will be invested to restore the dry dock facility by KPL.

Additionally, KPL has contracted UK-based marine engineering company Harris Pye to trial the dock gates, which were last opened in 1993.

"The dry dock at Kishorn is one of the largest in western Europe, at 160m in diameter with 13m of draft available."

The Scottish Government's economic and community development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is also involved in the project.

Kishorn Port director Simon Russell said: “The dry dock at Kishorn is one of the largest in western Europe, at 160m in diameter with 13m of draft available, allowing it to accommodate some of the largest floating structures that have been fabricated for the North Sea oil and gas industry.

“Indeed, the Ninian Central production platform which at 610,000t is one of the largest concrete structures ever to have moved across the face of the earth, was constructed there in the late 1970s.”

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KPL, which has several on-site quarry and concrete production facilities, noted that the decommissioning cost for the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure has been estimated at £75bn.

As part of the deal with Harris Pye, a new set of gate seals and culvert tube covers will be built and installed, allowing the dry dock to be pumped dry.

Furthermore, the two existing hollow concrete dock gates, each weighing more than 13,000t, will be pumped out to ensure that they can be floated to allow the movement of structures into the dry dock.

Image: Kishorn Port Dry Dock. Photo: courtesy of Kishorn Port Ltd.