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Geos Blyth terminal: 'patch of mud' to bunkering hub in four years

06 Dec 2017 13:15 GMT

Bunker supplier highlights how facility has transformed into a 'busy' refuelling location.



This quarter marks four years since UK-based Geos Group began the construction phase of its marine gas oil (MGO) storage terminal in Blyth, Northumberland, and the marine fuel supplier has been posting photos of the facility in recent days to remind its Twitter followers of how the location has transformed from what the company describes as "a patch of mud" to a "busy" bunkering location.

Preparation of the site - at the Bates Terminal in Blyth - began in October 2013; a large circular steel frame was built on a foundation of 200 steel piles buried 10 metres deep in the ground, and then 55 lorryloads of concrete were poured for each base in preparation for the construction of the three tanks. The base construction phase was completed in January 2014.

Building contractors Halls Construction then began working on the bund wall, access roads and other elements of the on-site infrastructure. Scaffolding went up towards the end of January 2014 and Isleburn Ltd then started work on the construction of the three tanks.

By September 2014, tank painting was under way and the fuel storage project was subsequently completed at the start of October.

The three Geos tanks in Blyth have a total storage capacity of 15 million litres.

"It's now a busy hub for us, bunkering throughout the north UK, ex-pipe and by road," Geos said on Twitter at the start of this month.

Geos offers ship-to-ship transfers of MGO to ships in a number of UK ports, and in May took delivery of a new vessel, the Thun Grace - significantly larger than Geos's outgoing vessel, the Milford Fisher - with the company declaring that it expected to be able to grow its sales volume and provide a faster, more responsive service to its customers as a result.

The Thun Grace is being used to transport MGO from oil refineries to fuel storage tanks in Geos's six physical supply locations: Aberdeen, Blyth, Great Yarmouth, Lerwick, Heysham and Montrose.


Image: Geos Group's MGO storage terminal in the Northumberland port of Blyth, UK. Image credit: Geos Group




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