Piping More Freight On To The Far North Line?
On 6 September last year BBC Highland News announced that BP is to invest £700M in a new North Sea oilfield. The development of the Kinnoull Field, 140 miles north-east of Aberdeen and estimated to contain 45 million barrels of oil, would extend the life of the nearby Andrew platform by about 10 years. The investment would also create jobs building subsea infrastructure in Wick, Hartlepool and Leeds. Production from Kinnoull, which is forecast to peak at 45 000 barrels a day, will be exported via the existing Forties pipeline to Kinneil and the Cats pipeline to Teesside. Whether this will also produce more freight trains on the Far North line is uncertain, but on 27 September loco No 66110 was seen passing through Dunfermline at 20:52 with the 6X88 train of yellow pipes bound for Georgemas Junction.