Hound Point

Hound Point Oil Facility
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Hound Point Oil Facility

Situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth 1½ miles (2.5 km) east of the Forth Rail Bridge, Hound point is a headland on the Dalmeny Estate of the Earls of Rosebery. South Queensferry lies 2 miles (3 km) to the west and Barnbougle Castle a mile (1.5 km) to the southeast.

Hound Point is best known for the offshore tanker berth and oil handling facility operated by British Petroleum (BP) in conjunction with Forth Ports Plc. Built from 1973 to export crude oil from the North Sea, it is the largest facility of its kind in Scotland. Pipes run from an onshore storage facility lying 2 miles (3 km) to the southwest, just to the south of the village of Dalmeny. The facility comprises two deep-water jetties which can handle vessels of up to 350,000 tonnes and up to 200 ships per annum. There is also a vapour recovery platform which collects fumes emanating from the loading terminals and returns these to the shore for re-processing.

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