Abbeville Delivers Modules for Shell's Bonga Project

Abbeville Offshore Quarters of Abbeville, Louisiana is in the final stages of completing a 240 person modular quarters for Shell's Bonga deepwater development project offshore of Nigeria in West Africa.

The company has installed a complete accommodations unit for 240 people stacked in a four-level configuration on board the M/V Edda Fjord, a 325 foot Norwegian flagged supply vessel. The quarters feature 30 eight person sleeping and lounge modules, 3 galleys, dining, food service and dishwashing modules, along with recreation, wash, change and laundry facilities for the diverse crew consisting of Europeans, Filipinos, and Nigerians.

Abbeville Offshore is also supplying 28 refrigerated containers, water makers, sewage treatment units and an electrical distribution building. Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is certifying the complete installation, which is taking place at Alabama Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The ship will travel from Mobile to West Africa the first week in December.

The dynamically positioned "floatel" (floating hotel) will be used for housing personnel for the onsite construction, hookup and commissioning of the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility. The Bonga development is currently Shell's largest offshore construction project worldwide.

The project features the company's 12'x 40' U.S. Coast Guard approved accommodation modules. The buildings meet the latest Coast Guard and SOLAS requirements for use on floating production platforms, offshore drilling rigs, and offshore service vessels. The additional buildings and equipment required to complete this installation were fabricated at Abbeville Offshore's Port of Vermilion facility in Abbeville, Louisiana.

"Shell looked all over the world to a vendor who could supply these modules and Abbeville Offshore was the only one that could deliver them according to their time line. I am extremely proud of our dedicated employees who have worked around the clock to deliver these modules on time," states Abbeville Offshore President Tommy Putnam.

Abbeville Offshore has been designing, manufacturing and leasing offshore living quarters for 36 years and currently employs over 100 people. The company also specializes in onsite quarters repair and maintenance. It is owned by George, Emmet and Tommy Putnam of Abbeville, Louisiana.

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