The contract, to provide four A60 accommodation modules and a linking A60 enclosed stairwell, creates new living quarters for an additional 16 personnel. The new modules extend an existing accommodation facility constructed from four identical modules supplied by Ferguson in 2000.
The new modules classified to DNV 2.7-1 are a standard Ferguson 10.3m design. Each sleeps up to 4 personnel; features include en-suite shower facilities and air conditioning.
Nial Shepherd, Rig Manager for the rig said, "The GSF Monarch is a jackup that has maintained a long-term contract in the Dutch Sector of the North Sea for a number of years. The new accommodation is identical to four linked units previously supplied by Ferguson that have proved entirely satisfactory over a four- year period. We had no hesitation in sourcing the new units from the same manufacturer and feel the additional flexibility gained will prove beneficial to future operations.
The contract was awarded following competitive tender where time critical deadlines, a minimisation of downtime and overall cost were key elements in the decision process."
Gary Wilson, for Ferguson Modular, commented "We are delighted to have won this tender from GlobalSantaFe because it is an extension to previously supplied accommodation which has served its purpose well. Clients, such as GlobalSantaFe, demand high quality and safety standards and by taking modules manufactured using our standard design can have a fit-for-purpose module in a fraction of the time it would take to design and build something from scratch. This standardized approach to module manufacturing is being accepted throughout the industry as the quicker and better value option."
This standard approach is proving successful for Ferguson Modular internationally. They have recently won rental contracts worth over £130,000 from Worley ABB Joint Venture and Woodside Energy Ltd in Australia.
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