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Locating your offshore Oil & Gas business in Fife

Fife means business.

Contents • Why Fife works for Oil and Gas businesses


• Fife and the global Oil and Gas industry


• An established supply chain


• Transport and Logistics


• Graduates, training and skills development


• Case Study: Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions, Rosyth 12-13 • Locations:

Rosyth Waterfront


Dunfermline East and Pitreavie 16-17 Energy Park Fife


Locating your offshore Oil & Gas business in Fife

• Contact Details

Cover images from left to right: Energy Park Fife, Methil; Oceeaneering Umbilical Solutions, Rosyth; Babcock, Rosyth.



Why Fife works for Oil and Gas businesses Fife has a longstanding and expanding reputation as an ideal location for operations serving the offshore oil and gas industry. Deep-water ports, a skilled and experienced, competitively priced workforce and well developed transport and digital communication infrastructures combine to make Fife an attractive proposition for enterprises across the offshore energy sector.

For more information or to start your process of locating in Fife, please contact: Ross Mackenzie Lead Officer – Investment 03451 55 55 55 ext 492178 Iain Shirlaw Economic Adviser – Investment 03451 55 55 55 ext 440487

Other benefits of locating in Fife include: • Discretionary Regional Selective Assistance grants for job creation • £5 million apprenticeship fund • Further and higher education programmes for energy skills training • Well-served business parks with quayside access and excellent logistics • Support to develop new markets and diversify your business, for example into Offshore Renewable Energy. Add to this the mutual support to be gained from existing clusters of related, world-leading design, manufacturing, servicing and supply businesses and Fife becomes the natural choice for any operation aiming to excel in the offshore industry. The following pages give an overview of the range of opportunities, facilities and supports available to organisations wishing to set up or expand in Fife.


Fife and the global Oil and Gas industry UK Oil and Gas predicts investment in the North Sea from 2012 to 2016 will total £91 billion. Further recovery is estimated at 15 - 24 billion barrels, with decommissioning continuing to grow in relative importance. Scale of opportunity in exploration and operation

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Support within Fife Discretionary Regional Selective Assistance grants of up to 35% are available to companies creating jobs in some areas of Fife - the only region within the Edinburgh City Region to benefit from this level of support. Fife Council can help you develop new markets through events and national and international trade fairs and conferences. We also support Oil & Gas sector companies to diversify into the Renewable Energy sector, which already has a strong presence in Fife. Read more about support for companies locating or expanding in Fife on page 20.

An ideal location for industrial-scale production Fife’s deep-water ports combined with access to rail road and air make Fife an outstanding logistics choice. Meanwhile, our industrial complex has all the capabilities required for the commercial development, manufacturing and assembly of offshore and subsea technologies. See our range of available business locations on pages 8 - 9

Offshore engineering expertise A wide range of marine, offshore and energy sector specific skills and experience already reside in Fife as a result of the continued presence of several major companies.

Capital expenditure on subsea projects from 2012 to 2016 is forecast at £4.8bn.

A strong local supply chain and a range of supporting subcontractors has grown up around them and continues to thrive.

Topside and structures activity is estimated at £5.7bn, operational support and maintenance at £36bn.

Read more about Fife’s well established engineering supply chain overleaf.

Scale of opportunity in decommissioning

Talent pool and skills base

Around 470 installations, 10,000km of pipelines, 15 onshore terminals and 5,000 wells will eventually have to be decommissioned. The forecast for the total cost of decommissioning for existing and sanctioned infrastructure is set at £28.7 billion from 2012 onwards. Within Fife, Inverkeithing is already recognised as a centre for maritime decommissioning.

For the future, ongoing collaboration between Fife Council, industry and education providers ensures we have an ever-strengthening skills base, from apprenticeship schemes to our industry backed Fife Engineering Academy. Find out how Fife supports training and skills development on page 10.

All Energy 2013

“ With an excellent track record in helping companies of all sizes realise their projects, our dedicated Invest in Fife team stands ready to assist your move to or expansion within Fife.� Ross Mackenzie, Invest in Fife

Energy Park Fife

Image courtesy of FMC Technologies

Image courtesy of Babcock


An established supply chain With over 150 companies in the sector, Fife hosts one of Scotland’s largest engineering clusters. World leaders and major players support a thriving array of smaller manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors, providing a resilient and fertile environment for companies operating in the Oil & Gas industry.

Fife’s range of indigenous expertise and suppliers includes • subsea installation manufacturing at multinational FMC Technologies, Dunfermline • subsea umbilicals for the Oil & Gas industry at global leader Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions, Dunfermline

Fife has an array of manufacturers and service providers working further down the supply chain to meet the needs of big names in the Oil & Gas sector. These include a choice of precision engineers and CNC shops, sub-assembly manufacturers and suppliers of mission critical components such as high-pressure valves and control electronics. Noted examples include:

• subsea jackets, topsides and sub-structure fabrication at BiFab, Burntisland and Methil

• offshore engineering and installation services from Briggs Marine, Burntisland

• subsea installation and offshore engineering at Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard

• marine mammals protection advisory services at SMRU Marine Ltd, St Andrews

• marine and offshore engineering at Rolls Royce, Dunfermline

• steel fabrication and heavy rolling at Gray Fabrication, Cupar.

Locating your offshore Oil & Gas business in Fife

• advanced systems and electronics integration at BAE Systems, Hillend • power generators and drivers from Parsons Peebles, Rosyth.

Axyz Engineering - CNC Milling - Glenrothes


Tier 2 and 3 suppliers

Valves for Oil & Gas industry

Background image courtesy of FMC Technologies

NOV APL - Inverkeithing

Rolls Royce - Dunfermline

NOV Itasco - Glenrothes

Proclad - Glenrothes


Transport and Logistics Fife is an ideal logistical hub mid way between Aberdeen and Scotland’s Central Belt. It has easy access to Scotland’s main centres of population and to international transportation for personnel and freight. Wide availability of fibre optic data connections further enhances its communications advantages.

Motorways • South via M90 to Edinburgh and A1 to Newcastle • North via M90 to Dundee and Aberdeen • West via M8 to Glasgow and onwards, via M77 to Irish ferry port at Stranraer, and south to England, the M6, M5 and M1

Airports • Edinburgh International • Dundee Regional • Glasgow International

Bus • Extensive Public Transport Network serving all population centres


Aberdeen Glasgow

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Edinburgh Newcastle

N. Ireland


Rep Ireland Wales

England M80


Kincardine M876 M9








• East and West Coast Mainline connections to freight and passenger services • London 4h 22m • Freight railhead at Thornton

Ports • Rosyth Deep-water Port with scheduled freight ferry sailings to Zeebrugge • Burntisland Deep-water Port • Across the Firth of Forth, Leith is the largest enclosed deep-water port in Scotland


Digital Superfast, high resilience fibre optic connectivity available on all business sites with a Green Data Centre planned





St Andrews

A91 Cupar

A915 M90 A91



Thornton Railhead

Dunfermline M90



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Inverkeithing International Airport





Graduates, training and skills development Building, improving and retaining a quality workforce is a well documented challenge across the Oil & Gas industry. Fife Council works closely and continuously with education providers, government agencies, and with industry to ensure our local employers can find new, skilled recruits and enhance the capabilities of existing staff through appropriate education and training. Graduates and school leavers Engineering is the No.1 choice for male school leavers in Fife. Of those going on to a degree qualification, 9% of school leavers choose Engineering, 15% choose Science or Mathematics.

Locating your offshore Oil & Gas business in Fife

Fife is home to Scotland’s top-ranking University of St. Andrews, while the leading engineering universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Napier, West of Scotland and Strathclyde are all within easy reach by road and public transport.

£5 million apprenticeship fund Fife Council has committed £5 million of funding for the period 2012-16 in order to support local industry in creating up to 600 apprenticeships for school leavers.

Students at the University of St Andrews


Fife College

The newly formed regional College is developing courses to meet the growing demand for workers with skills suitable for the Oil & Gas industry. It is the largest provider of engineering FE courses in Scotland, accounting for about 21% of total provision. It has 5,000 full-time and over 25,000 part-time students.

Stenton Campus Apprentices from Fife College

The development of Fife College’s new £17.5 million Future Skills Centre in Glenrothes is central to the creation of the facilities that will underpin the College’s low carbon economy strategy.

Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre

The Whitlock Centre in Rosyth is one of Scotland’s newest education, research and training resources dedicated to supporting the growth of the energy sector and its supply chain. Fife Science Festival at Carnegie Campus, Fife College

“ 37% of Scotland’s working population has a degree, HND, or equivalent qualification, while Scotland’s graduates have higher starting salaries and lower unemployment rates than the UK average.” Source: Scottish Government

The Centre is one of the largest and best equipped of its type in Scotland and provides approximately 10,000 square metres of purpose-built training facilities.

Fife Engineering Academy

In collaboration with local engineering employers, Opportunities Fife Partnership has established Fife Engineering Academy and an apprenticeship programme for workers in the region to gain the skills and knowledge our engineering industries require.

Recruitment Support

Opportunities Fife works with employers to deliver a cohesive employability service for Fife and develop the skill base for a thriving local economy. This means that, should you locate to Fife, you will have a well connected local partner ready to assist with your recruitment needs.


Case Study

Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions, Rosyth Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions’ advanced technical engineering and manufacturing facilities at its UK base in Fife have reinforced its reputation as a global supplier of deepwater applications to the offshore Oil & Gas industry. In 2012 Oceaneering invested £15m at Rosyth to increase the capacity of its materials handling and storage facility, allowing the company to manufacture and assemble larger and more complex umbilicals. This investment has created one of the most advanced plants of its type in the subsea industry, enabling the company to better meet current and future customer requirements from global heavyweights within the Oil & Gas sector. The company continues to invest in its Rosyth facility, with several process equipment upgrades being implemented throughout 2013.

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Images courtesy of Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions

“ Oceaneering’s strategic operational base at the Port of Rosyth - custom designed to manufacture a unique range of deep-water umbilicals - is at the heart of Scotland’s growing energy sector and provides easy vessel access to a global market place as well as being easy to reach by rail or road.” Gary Cochrane, Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions

Oceaneering at Rosyth




Rosyth Waterfront 10 miles from Edinburgh Airport, this 240 ha site includes a deep-water port, a non-tidal basin, and benefits from excellent access to the road network via the M90 and a rail link to the East Coast Main Line.

A90 linking to M90, M8, M9, A92, A720 & A1 Site of new Queensferry Crossing

29.7 ha site 16.1 ha

13.6 ha


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• Babcock • Forth Ports • Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions • Lloyds Banking Group • Scott Timber • Trak Microwave • Qinetiq Ltd • Fife College • Hydrasun • Parsons Peebles

Energy Park

Burntisland an

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Energy Park

Burntisland an

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

The Waterfront area falls under 3 key land ownerships – Babcock Group, Forth Ports PLC and Scarborough Muir. Babcock operates the former naval base at Rosyth, which covers 119 ha. They have extensive marine engineering experience and design, assembly and testing facilities on site. A total of 4,180 square metres of industrial property are being actively marketed within the Rosyth area. Forth Road Bridge Linking Edinburgh - M90 & M8

The Port of Rosyth is operated by Forth Ports and covers over 43 ha. Rosyth is Scotland’s only roll on, roll off freight link to Europe. Cable manufacturers Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions are based within the port and supply cables to the oil & gas and renewable energy market directly over the quayside. To the east is 61 ha of land owned by Scarborough Muir. Occupiers can access the quayside within the port or a new quayside could be established by extending the North Wall. 2 miles to the north of the Rosyth Waterfront is the Shepherd Offshore site, offering considerable opportunities for supporting supply chain activities over 60 hectares with direct access to the M90 motorway.

Roll On - Roll Off Terminal

Deep water port

Proposed International Container Terminal

22.5 ha




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Dunfermline East and Pitreavie The Dunfermline East Investment Zone is a perfect logistics location. Highly accessible and highly visible, they have properties and development land to meet all requirements. There are 54 ha of allocated employment land in this area, with 10 ha immediately available.

M90 north to Aberdeen

Halbeath Interchange

Occupiers • Amazon • Dunfermline Building Society • Scottish Water • BSkyB • Taylor Wimpey • Vets Now • FMC Technologies • Young & Partners


Industrial Units at Pitreavie Business Park

Industrial Modern industrial manufacturing units situated within a mature established setting at Pitreavie Business Park.

Energy Park

Burntisland an

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Energy Park

Pitreavie Business Park

Burntisland and

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Halbeath Interchange

60 ha

A92 to Kirkaldy, Glenrothes & Energy Park Fife

Axis Point

5.2 ha

Calais Muir North

4.8 ha

Calais Muir South

17 ha

M90 south to Edinburgh

Land and Development Calais Muir North & Calais Muir South - an extensive area of 27.8 ha of land with access available from a spine road serving the greater east side of Dunfermline. Halbeath Interchange - development by Shepherd Offshore of a 60 ha site for a major mixed-use development comprising industrial, warehousing and distribution facilities, accommodation for the energy industry and capacity for an hotel, houses and school. Axis Point - 5.2 ha, fully serviced site with main road frontage at Junction 3 of the M90. Axis Point is capable of accommodating up to 250,000 sqft of commercial development, with consent for business, industrial, and storage and distribution use.

Masterton George Square

Carnegie Campus


Office Grade A existing and planned office pavilions within Dunfermline.

Rosyth Train Station




Energy Park Fife Energy Park Fife is a development of 66 ha coastal areas and a further 16.5 ha proposed inland. An Innovation Zone offers office and workspace accommodation specifically designed to incubate innovative start-ups.


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Engineering The 55 ha Engineering Zone has been developed under a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council and is currently home to leading players in the energy sector, Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) and Samsung Heavy Industries.

Energy Park

Burntisland Fabrications Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Burntisland an Industries Samsung Heavy Freight Ferry Energy Project Management Reach Engineering & Diving Services Hydrosphere Narvida Fife College


Energy Park Fife is identified within the recently published National Renewable Infrastructure Plan (N-RIP) as being ideally placed to take advantage of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Energy sector.

Energy Park

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Energy Park

Burntisland and

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Engineering Zone

Energy Park


Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

BiFab load out of Buzzard 6,000t Topside

Methil Docks Business Park

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre


Innovation Zone

Dock Zone

The Hydrogen Office

Methil Docks Methil Docks has excellent access to Scotland’s offshore oil and gas fields and the major offshore wind sites. The Port of Methil has two docks able to take vessels up to 3,000 dwt.

Methil Docks Business Park Already home to landmark developments including Fife Renewables Innovation Centre and The Hydrogen Office, Methil Docks Business Park offers a number of opportunities from office space and development land to the potential redevelopment of Methil Number 3 Dock.

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre This £3m low carbon construction development offers high quality work and innovation space in a low carbon facility. The building, extending to approximately 1,400 sqm over 2 floors, is designed to enable technology and knowledge transfer, with a combination of individual incubation units and shared research facilities.

Supply Chain Investment Park Proposed 16.5 ha situated inland for businesses that would benefit from being located less than 1 mile from the Energy Park but don’t require direct quayside access.


Invest in Fife has a proven track record of helping investors make their projects happen as well as supporting the expansion of Fife’s existing offshore energy industry clusters. Whatever your requirement, we have the skills and experience to make your move to or expansion within Fife as easy as possible. We can help you with:

Property selection and land for development

Detailed local information such as demographics, local workforce, public transportation

Familiarisation trips

Advice on financial assistance

A nominated case officer and assistance with major business category planning applications

Recruitment, selection and training support through Fife Council’s Opportunities Fife Partnership and Employability Team

Attendance at key industry events with Fife Council’s Market Development Programme

Advice on supply chain engagement through Fife Council’s Supplier Development Programme

Providing contacts within external organisations

Local stakeholder engagement

A dedicated relationship manager programme.

Please contact one of the team at or telephone 03451 555 555 ext 492178.

Invest in Fife is an initiative supported by Fife Council and works in partnership with Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.

Contact Information 01592 583639 @investinfife  Invest in Fife Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY

Locating your Oil and Gas Business in Fife