Major investment at ExxonMobil jetty

An aerial view of Braefoot Bay Marine Terminal in Fife where ExxonMobil is investing in its life extension
Linlithgow-based Asset Integrity Maintenance (AIM) has been awarded a major contract to help extend the life of the ExxonMobil jetty facility at Braefoot Bay Marine Terminal in Fife. The tanker terminal exports liquefied petroleum gas to Europe and the USA after being produced at Fife Ethylene Plant, using feedstock from the North Sea.

Located on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, between Dalgety Bay and Aberdour in Fife, Braefoot Bay Marine Terminal began operations in 1984.

 A team of six specialists have started working at the 233-metre long jetty in the first phase of a major upgrade programme. This phase alone represents an investment of some 3,000 man-hours. As part of the work, the team will be using a cutting-edge temporary access structure, which will be suspended below the jetty and encloses the work area to ensure no environmental impact to the Firth of Forth below.
 The project represents the beginning of a major investment in the jetty, which handles shipping of ethylene from the Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) to ports in mainland Europe.
“The project at Braefoot Bay is integral to an extensive programme of maintenance and modernisation work at FEP,” said Jacob McAlister, FEP’s plant manager.
“Adding many years to the operational life of the jetty is an exciting development.  AIM’s scope of work will focus on the refurbishment, repair and protection of the jetty’s steelwork coating and will use abrasive materials and a vapour blasting technique that are environmentally friendly.  When completed it will ensure the safety and integrity of the jetty for years to come.”