Duffy & McGovern to Provide Laboratory Module for Yoho FSO

SGS United Kingdom Ltd and Duffy and McGovern have teamed-up to provide a laboratory module for Single Buoy Moorings on ExxonMobil's Yoho Field.

The turnkey laboratory will be used on SBM's FSO stationed over the Yoho Field in Nigeria, where the company is deploying an Early Production System (EPS) to bring the first oil for Yoho on-stream almost two years ahead of full field start-up.

The six figure sum contract sees the two companies collaborating to supply a blast-rated modular laboratory supplied by Duffy and McGovern, complete with integrated testing and analysis equipment supplied by SGS.

Duffy and McGovern has produced a high specification, blast-rated module for this project, allowing the module to be used in the most hazardous area of the vessel. The module is blast-rated to 300mb as well as being Zone 1, A60 fire-rated and ABS-approved. The interiors of the cabins are designed to maximise the available workspace and comfortably and safely accommodate equipment and personnel.

The two companies have a long history of working together, with Duffy and McGovern having constructed offshore laboratory units for SGS on several separate projects over the last two years.

"The relationship between Duffy and McGovern and ourselves has proven to be extremely effective for our clients," says John Alborough, project manager for SGS. "Not only has it simplified the purchasing process for the customer, but working hand in hand with the module fabricator, we provide a total project management service from identification of analytical requirements through to commissioning, training and start up."

The laboratories are available in a selection of standardized designs, containing fully integrated and ergonomically designed workstations, high quality cabinetry, worktops and fume cupboards. Communications and alarm systems, pressurisation control and a high specification air conditioning system are also provided.

"I am delighted that once again the co-operation between SGS and ourselves has resulted in another significant contract for both parties," says Duffy and McGovern commercial director, Craig Russell. "This close working relationship between the two experienced companies benefits not only SGS and Duffy and McGovern, but also the end customer who can purchase or hire laboratories, already kitted out with the latest innovations in lab equipment and modular construction from one central project management team.

"This is part and parcel of the growing trend in the industry towards strategic supplier alliances – minimizing the number of outsourced contracts and thereby simplifying the project management task."