Nigg South Quay – Cromarty Firth, Inverness

21 March, 2017 | 17:30 - 20:00

The former oil platform fabrication yard at Nigg.
The former oil platform fabrication yard at Nigg.

About this event

The Global Energy Group purchased the former oil platform fabrication yard at Nigg in 2011 and set about upgrading the infrastructure. Initial demand for the use of the dry dock was such that it soon became clear that additional quay space was needed if the site was to establish itself as a multi-user Energy Park.

The existing 400m long South Quay was in a poor state of repair and only provided a dredged depth of 4.5m below chart datum. A decision was taken to look at options for developing a multifunctional quay able to accommodate and service vessels and oil rigs with a draught of 12m at all states of the tide.

The presentation will briefly cover some other significant site improvements undertaken at Nigg by Global before focusing on the south quay development.

The requirements for the new quay, and the various options considered and studies undertaken, will be outlined. The environmental restrictions placed on the construction will be highlighted. The choice of construction contract will be explained and the contractor procurement process will be described leading to the selection of McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd in December 2013.

Some significant construction challenges will be presented and how they were overcome described. The project was successfully completed in March 2015 on time and within budget. Some lessons learned will be offered as a conclusion to the presentation.

Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.


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Stuart Innes

Stuart Innes

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and started his professional career in 1972 following graduation from Aberdeen University. He spent five years working for contractors Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd before joining consultants Crouch & Hogg in Inverness. He became a director of Crouch Hogg Waterman Ltd in 1989 and managed their Inverness and Aberdeen Offices until the merger with Sir William Halcrow and Partners in 1997.

As a Project Director in Halcrow Stuart managed a small team based in Inverness undertaking highways, bridges and renewable energy projects in the North of Scotland. Stuart left Halcrow in 2011 and established his own company offering civil engineering project management services. He worked for SSE in Perth assisting them to manage the upgrading of their North of Scotland grid infrastructure before joining Global Energy Group in February 2012 to project manage the upgrading of the Nigg infrastructure.

Stuart retired from full time employment at Nigg in March 2015. Stuart was chairman of the North of Scotland Branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation during session 1998-99 and chairman of the Highlands & Islands Branch of ICE for session 1999-2000. He lives in Nairn.

Stephen McAuley

Stephen McAuley

A native of Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and graduated from the University of Ulster in 2001. Since graduation he has worked for civil engineering contractors in the UK and Ireland. After graduating in civil engineering he worked for two years for Irishenco/ Mowlem Construction in Ireland on marine construction projects progressing to Section Engineer.

He then began work with Northern Ireland piling and marine contractor Dawson WAM from 2003 to 2010. Stephen worked on several high profile projects in Belfast Harbour Estate and throughout Northern Ireland as Site Manager. He left Dawson WAM Ltd to work with McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd and spent over three years working on the Redevelopment of Torry Quay in Aberdeen Harbour.

In late 2013 he was appointed Contracts Manager for the Nigg South Quay Development. Stephen has begun work on the new Peterhead Harbour Redevelopment and is working toward Chartered Membership of the ICE.