The contract for a 140-man living quarter complex for BP Atlantis in the Gulf of Mexico represents one of Duffy & McGovern’s biggest rental contracts in the US to date and is the first major module manufacturing project undertaken at the firm’s Belle Chasse (New Orleans) manufacturing base which was opened in April this year.
The state-of-the-art complex was loaded out to the Atlantis project today (Thursday 6th October) now that the situation in the Gulf has stabilised following Hurricane Katrina.
Vice President of US Operations for Duffy & McGovern, Glenn Aguilar, said: “This is a hugely significant rental contract for our US business and has involved us building a completely new fleet of modules, including a brand new 12-person sleeper module which was seen for the first time by the industry at OTC this year. These units were designed and built in our New Orleans base using local expertise and equipment and benefiting around ten specialist suppliers in the city. The accommodation is being provided on a rental basis for eight months to supplement existing living quarters on the Atlantis installation during the in-field hook-up and commissioning phase.”
Atlantis’ state-of-the-art complex includes sleeping and office modules, laundry rooms, changing areas, recreation facilities, galleys, sewage and fresh water tanks. Made from A60, ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and US Coast Guard-approved units the complex features integrated fire and gas detection, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as being fitted with public address, telephone and local area network systems which link the temporary complex to the installation’s existing permanent living quarters. The complex will house personnel working on the in-field hook-up and commissioning phase and is likely to remain on the Atlantis until anticipated first oil in early 2006. The contract is worth around US$1.8 million to the accommodation firm.
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