Duffy&McGovern Sees Demand Rise for North Sea Accommodations

Duffy and McGovern is reporting an increase in demand for accommodation in the North Sea, indicating a rise in manning levels on many platforms and a positive trend for activity levels in the sector.

The company has picked up four new contracts in the UK continental shelf this month, with Total, Halliburton, KBR and BP all calling in additional accommodation from the firm.

The contracts, which have a combined value of over £300,000, will see Duffy and McGovern supply a range of engineering and workshop cabins to house staff carrying out upgrade and maintenance work on North Sea assets.

"There are a number of differing views in the industry on just how active some of the operators are in the North Sea and what the future might hold for the sector," says Craig Russell, commercial director with Duffy and McGovern. "However, from our perspective we believe that the growing demand for accommodation can only be a good sign. The majority of the cabins we are currently being asked to supply are to accommodate new teams of staff as they carry out upgrade and maintenance work to extend the life of their respective assets. This is a fairly strong indicator that activity is set to continue for some time, if not increase."

Duffy and McGovern is to supply two Zone II A60 engineering cabins for KBR and for Total's North Alwyn platform. Lundin Energy's Thistle platform is to take delivery of a Zone I laboratory cabin, in a contract secured through the platform's maintenance contractor Halliburton.

In May Duffy and McGovern was also selected to provide seven A60 sleeper units and the world's first ATEX-approved module to the BP Lomond platform.

"The benefit of the module rental service," explains Craig Russell, "is that our customers can quickly and cost-effectively increase the accommodation on their platforms when work picks up, without compromising on the quality of the accommodation. All of our rental modules are made to the highest specification, so they can be rapidly deployed can also be customised to suit the customer's needs. This flexibility allows us to respond quickly to increases in demand like this and means that the operators can quickly resolve their accommodation issues, without resorting to the slow process of purchasing new accommodation through capital expenditure."

Modules for the new contracts will be supplied from Duffy and McGovern's extensive rental fleet of cabins in Aberdeen and will be delivered over the next two weeks. The company is also handling a number of other enquiries from North Sea platforms at present and hopes to be announcing a further round of contracts in the sector later in June.