Comhairle calls for rig repair works

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The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, is asking the owners of the oil rig that ran aground off Lewis, to retain the Transocean Winner in the Western Isles for the undertaking of repair works and general discussions on decommissioning work.

Mr Campbell has asked for a meeting with representatives of Transocean to discuss the matter.

In a letter to Transocean Mr Campbell states: “We are, of course, very glad that there has been no significant pollution arising from the incident and that the installation has now been successfully relocated from Dalmore Beach to Broadbay.

“We understand that current plans are for it to remain there until Hugh Shaw, SOSREP, is completely satisfied that it is in a stable and fit condition to be towed or transported to a suitable reception or repair facility.

“We are pleased that you continue to engage with the local supply chain and, given the significant and positive economic impact to the islands, would now ask that serious consideration be given to the use of local facilities and engineering expertise in carrying out the necessary repairs.

“As you will be aware, there is an established oil and gas supply chain in the islands with considerable lay down area at the Arnish facility and good connections for skilled workers to move in and out as required.

“Secure additional storage for recyclable parts pending resale could be available at Creed Park on the outskirts of Stornoway. We would be very happy to work with Transocean, SMIT Salvage and other relevant key stakeholders to ensure that direct and indirect benefits are, as much as possible, retained in the islands.”