Associated British Ports (ABP), owner and operator of the Port of Lowestoft on Thursday (6 August) said it has invested more than GBP 250,000 (USD 327,700) in the construction of a new fuel bunkering facility to support the UK Southern North Sea (SNS) energy sector.
On Wednesday, the bunkering facility received its first fuel from the vessel, Thun Grace, which called at the Port of Lowestoft on behalf of Peterson UK and GEOS Group as part of a strategic partnership to carry out fuel services, it said.
GEOS Group provides fuel directly from a UK refinery to various ports around the UK.
“This new fuel bunkering facility provides operators from the oil and gas and offshore wind sectors with another reason to use Lowestoft as their port of choice, with capability and capacity now in place to service any vessel that comes into the port,” said John Shade, UK Fuel Manager.
“We are pleased to have worked in partnership with ABP and GEOS Group to create a competitively priced solution in a very convenient location.”
“We are delighted to be able to provide a fuelling facility in Lowestoft, both supporting and adding to port services, and are excited to work with ABP in the development of the port going forward,” added Barry Newton, Director, GEOS Group.
Construction of the new facility, which included the raising of bund walls, began in November 2019 and was completed on schedule by the local contractor Brooks and Wood.
“With this new bunkering facility our marine teams are able to support the UK SNS energy sector 365 days a year, making sure that our customers get a consistent, cost-effective and efficient service,” said Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager – East Coast
ABP said since the start of its long-term business partnership with Peterson UK in January 2019, the two companies have celebrated a number of successes, including reaching the milestone of handling 100 vessels in October 2019.
Since then, this figure has grown to more than 350 vessels, which have called at the port.
Photo credit: Associated British Ports (ABP)
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