Mystery noise finally explained by yard boss

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YARD bosses have apologised and cleared up what was causing a mysterious noise across South Tyneside – which is set to continue for another fortnight.

Since Thursday a grinding noise has been heard coming from the Tyne across Hebburn, Jarrow and parts of South Shields.

Scores of Gazette readers have been in touch with their theories of what could be causing the sound

Then Sunderland University journalism student Kris Tatum, sent in a video to say it was caused by work being done by the OGN Group to the EnQuest Producer, a 249 metre long Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is docked at its Wallsend yard.

Bosses say the noise was due to ‘steam blowdowns’ of the ship’s boiler system and which are set to continue until March 5.

But they will only be carried out between 9am and 6.30pm.

A spokesman for OGN said: “As part of the commissioning works for the Enquest Producer FPSO, we will continue with commissioning of the boiler systems which includes steam blowdowns from Monday, February 23 to March 5 between the hours of 9am and 6.30am.

“This is normal procedure for testing the boiler system at various pressures followed by system blow down (Depressurisation).

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”