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ABLE invests in Seaton Port

The Able Group has invested £6m into its Able Seaton Port facility on the River Tees in order to boost its offshore activities.

A recently completed upgrade and dredging programme means that it is able to offer a range of activities, including marine decommissioning, offshore wind installations and handling large-scale project cargo.

This latest phase of the investment at Able Seaton Port included extensive dredging works which now provide an absolute minimum 9.5m of water in the Seaton Channel and the Holding Basin. Given the tidal range of the River Tees this figure further increases, depending on the period within the tide cycle, to between 10.4m and 15.0m.

Quays 10 & 11 are currently dredged to similar levels and have the capacity to be increased to a minimum level of 15.0m providing between 15.9m and 20.5m of water depth.

Able’s Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson  stated: “We have always taken a longer-term view in respect of our investments and these latest works will assist us to continue and deliver an even wider range of projects on time and on budget.  The Group is committed to meeting new challenges and embracing new opportunities and the increased depths at Able Seaton Port will mean that we can now accommodate some of the largest vessels operating across a range of different business sectors. We are proud of our success in competing in an international market place and we aim to continue leading the way in bringing jobs and investment to our region"

Able won the contract for the decommissioning the 24,000 tonnes Brent Delta which was moved in the biggest single lift in history from off the Shetland Isles to Able Seaton Port in May this year. Decommissioning work will be completed in the summer of next year, after which the next two platform topsides from the Brent field, are expected in 2019 and 2020.

Image source: Able UK

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