The final parts of a decommissioned oil refinery have been successfully exported to Pakistan from a port in Wales in a six-week operation.

'Terra Marique'

Components were loaded onto the 'Terra Marique' at Gelliswick Bay. Image Port of Milford Haven

The former Murco refinery in Pembrokeshire closed in 2014 and during the past three years over 13,000 tonnes of cargo has been transported over Pembroke Port’s quay in seven exports to southern Asia.

“The export of the refinery components from Pembroke Port ran smoothly and efficiently. We deal with a wide range of cargoes on a daily basis but this was definitely one of the larger operations in recent years,” said Chris Oliver, operations manager at Pembroke Port, owned and operated by the Port of Milford Haven.

1,690t exported recently

Over the past couple of months, 1,690t worth of components were exported on the heavy lift vessel Regine and 1,125 tonnes on the Maria. The largest lift weighed 315 tonnes and measured 21.3m x 8.8m x 8.3m.

In addition to these heavy lift vessels, the Terra Marique barge was positioned at Gelliswick Bay to load the parts that were too large to be transported by road and taken to Pembroke Port along the Milford Haven Waterway. This was a specialist operation as sand had to be dug out of the beach, a ramp built and parts driven onto the barge when the tide allowed.

Previously in June this year, 2,227t were exported on the Grietje and last year 4,865t were exported on the Annemieke, Regine and Frauke. In 2017, 3,240t of parts were loaded onto the largest vessel to visit to Pembroke Port, the Combi Dock III.

By Rebecca Jeffrey