August 6 - Subsea 7 has opened a new bespoke spoolbase facility at Edinburgh's Port of Leith, which is owned by Forth Ports.

During the last 12 months, Subsea 7 has invested over GBP7 million (USD11.7 million) in the site, which includes the development of fabrication and storage facilities.

The 30,000 sq m site includes a 170 m long fabrication building, 14 production line stations, and a pipe storage area with a fully automated pipe handling system.

"The base at the port in Leith allows us to utilise the nearby quay areas, enabling Subsea 7's pipelay vessels to simultaneously spool pipelines and load project equipment which minimises vessel time in the port," said Warren Preston, spoolbase manager for Subsea 7.

Fiona Doherty, Leith's port manager, explained that the port's location on the east coast of Scotland allows short transit to the North Sea offshore projects, making it the ideal base for Subsea 7.