Cruden Bay Booster Station

Situated at Nether Broadmuir, a mile (1.4 km) west southwest of Whinnyfold in Aberdeenshire, Cruden Bay Booster Station represents the first of four shore-based pumping stations which send an oil and liquified gas mixture through the Forties Pipeline System after it makes landfall at Cruden Bay. Built by BP and bought by INEOS in 2017, this pipeline system represents the largest offshore oil-gathering network in the world.

At the Cruden Bay Booster Station, oil is mixed with liquified gas from the St. Fergus Gas Terminal. The combined product is pumped south through an underground pipeline to Kinneil Terminal near Grangemouth, via further booster pumping stations at Netherley, Brechin and Balbeggie. This 130-mile / 209-km long pipeline is 91cm (36 inch) in diameter and was commissioned in 1975. On reaching Kinneil Terminal, the products are then separated for processing.

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