We spoke to Ian Miller, Managing Director for Aberdeenshire-based Miller Plant, about their involvement with the Aberdeen Harbour expansion...
Can you tell us a bit more about Miller Plant?
Miller Plant Ltd was formed in 1968 and is based in Midmar, some 20 minutes drive from the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project (AHEP). We are an Earthworks Contracting, Contract Crushing, Quarry Material Supply and Plant and Haulage service company, employing 70 local staff.
When did Miller Plant get involved in the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour?
From the start of the project, we handled the imported rock shipments, as well as providing plant and tipper hire.
What services have you provided so far?
So far, we have undertaken bulk filling to the East and North Quays, as well as contract crushing and screening works, and all other general earthworks operation. We have also been heavily involved in the transportation of the rock armour within the project, and all other general plant hire operations as support for not only Aberdeen Harbour, but the other main contractors on site.
What kind of work will Miller Plant be doing in 2021?
We will be doing more of the same work during 2021.
How many people from Miller Plant work on site each day?
We can have 25 - 30 people directly and indirectly involved in the project, who are all local people from Aberdeen City and Shire.
What kind of equipment are you using on site?
We are using various pieces of equipment from bulldozers, excavators, articulated dump trucks, crushers, screeners, loading shovels, tippers and low loaders.
Have you been involved in other infrastructure projects like this before?
We have always had a good working relationship with Aberdeen Harbour and have been involved in various existing Harbour re-development works over the years. We have also been involved in many key infrastructure contracts in the area including the recently completed AWPR, where we provided a full range of services.
What does it mean to you personally to be involved in a project like this?
It is a huge “feather in our cap” to be involved in such a prestigious contract as AHEP, and a great one for the company to have on its CV. We work closely on a daily basis with the Aberdeen Harbour team and other contractors to ensure the construction of South Harbour runs as smoothly as possible. This sometimes involves having to switch things around, and increase or decrease resources on certain sections to facilitate the programme and weather conditions.