13. Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour BoardAberdeen Harbour is a nationally important facility which supports the oil and gas sector, provides international and lifeline connections and makes a significant contribution to the wider economy of the north east. Expansion of the harbour is underway to address current capacity constraints, consolidate and expand its role. This development will be delivered in the lifetime of NPF3, including new harbour facilities and onshore transport links and associated development.

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Implementation Lead(s): Aberdeen Harbour Board, Aberdeen City Council

Locations: Nigg Bay, Aberdeen

Further reading: Aberdeen Harbour Board

Environmental Mitigation: A detailed and comprehensive Environmental Statement was produced in November 2015 following an 18 month Environmental Impact Assessment. A coordinated approach to consenting  ensures that impacts onshore and offshore are fully understood. Project level Habitats Regulation Appraisal was undertaken by Marine Scotland in consultation with other stakeholders to inform the consenting processes.

National Planning Framework 3 Strategic Environmental Assessment (as updated)

Ongoing Activity and Milestones: 2014/15 – Environmental Impact Assessment completed and Environmental Statement published in November 2015

2016/17 – Statutory approvals confirmed (Harbour Revision Order, Marine License and) Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP)) granted May 2016, Marine Licenses for Construction and Dredging and Disposal granted November 16 and Harbour Revision Order granted December 2016.

2016 –Contract for the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project was awarded to Dragados UK in December 2016.
2017 – Commencement of construction works with soft start on further surveys and investigations. North Breakwater commences Q2 2017.

2017 – Initial dredging commenced Q3 2017

2017 – Winter Shutdown Q4 2017

2018 ‐ Q1Winter closure removed and north breakwater construction resumed

2018 ‐ Q2 ‐ Q4 Dredging Season

2018 ‐ Q2 Mass automated Accropode Production commences

2018 ‐ Q1 ‐ Q3 Caisson Fabrication in Spain commenced and completed

2018 ‐ Q3 Piling commenced and South Breakwater commenced


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