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Assurances have been sought over continued fuel supplies to the Uists as Lochcarnan Depot undergoes essential maintenance during February and March.
The depot is operated by Certas Energy under lease from the Ministry of Defence.
Corrosion to inlet pipework at Lochcarnan has led Certas to suspend ship-bound deliveries pending the installation of new pipework.
These repairs aim be complete by the end of March and, in the meantime, fuel will be delivered to Lochcarnan by road tanker from Certas Energy’s Inverness Depot. Certas is confident supplies can be maintained but has agreed to continued engagement with the Uist community so that any unforeseen ‘pinch points’ in road/ferry delivery can be quickly addressed.
Certas Energy has reaffirmed the long-term future of Lochcarnan as a key depot and a programme of significant investment over the period 2018 to 2021. This investment will include works to the inlet pipework, jetty and storage tank bunds.