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Graeme Stewart, BP Amoco, £60M Marine Vapour Recovery Project

Stewart was project manager for this high profile environmental improvement scheme which had to be added invisibly to the end of the Forties pipeline system at the Firth of Forth.

Construction could have no impact on the 850,000 barrels of crude handled daily at the marine terminal and have minimal impact on the local community and surrounding environment.

The new installation has to catch and recover the hydrocarbon gases displaced during tanker loading. As a bonus, 30,000t of usable hydrocarbons will be recovered every year - MVRP achieved 99% emission recovery against the 85% expected.

Essential elements of the project were the installation of a 1,200t modular process deck on a new offshore substructure at the Hound Point Jetty. A 700m long marine pipeline with a 400mm diameter gas and 100mm diameter fluid line takes compressed products recovered from the ships' tanks back to shore to a new processing plant at Dalmeny.

This process plant and tank farm have been constructed with minimal impact on the surroundings. Stewart led the project from the start early in 1996 and established good relations with local statutory and interest groups. He also set up an alliance with Amec as primary contractor and Consafe for fabrication and installation of the deck.

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