A three year contract to continue to supply the Shetland Islands Council with bitumen has recently been awarded to Nynas Bitumen.
The contract also includes the replacement of the council's existing bitumen emulsion mixing equipment by Nynas as well as the company continuing to licence the council with the technology and plant to enable it to produce its own bitumen emulsion. The only practical way for the Shetlands to obtain bitumen is to ship it over from the mainland. Nynas has now been supplying the council with its bitumen for in excess of 15 years. The contract for the council comes up for competitive tender every three years.Nynas delivers several shipments to the islands each year. The bitumen is imported from Nynas' own refinery in Dundee to Scalloway where it is loaded onto tankers and transported to the nearby Scord Quarry. Each shipment carries 1000t of bitumen which fills the council's storage capacity at the quarry. The bitumen from Nynas is crucial for the Shetland Islands Council in keeping its roads maintained, as it is the only supply. Related links:Today's top stories