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BP Sullom Voe terminal to be refurbished and expanded

15 July 2013

BP is planning a substantial investment programme at its Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Islands. The terminal, which currently employs 220 staff and around 300 contractors, is expected to have 1,000 people working on the site over the next eight years or more. The company is currently exploring options for housing 400 new workers.

Two large-scale projects are set to extend the life of the terminal to 2040 and beyond – the £3 billion Schiehallion development and the £4.5 billion Clair Ridge project.

Sullom Voe is also working with Total, which is building a separate facility next door, on plans to take 40,000 barrels per day of liquid condensate from the gas the French company will be piping in from the Laggan-Tormore fielsd west of the islands.

Sullom Voe is already more than 10 years beyond its design life limit and BP is spending £100 million the refurbishment of the facility.

The oil major is also planning to build a £500 million gas plant to sweeten gas coming from both east and west of Shetland, taking out the hydrogen sulphide to make it ready for export via the Magnus field.

The Magnus platform itself, 100 miles north east of Shetland, is due for a major facelift with an accommodation barge housing 200 workers due to be stationed offshore next February.

According to the Shetland News, BP is finding it difficult finding engineers to work in Shetland and has launched a major recruitment drive to attract qualified staff to work on the project.

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