Feguson Modular Wins Laboratory Contract for Buzzard Field

The platform laboratory for the EnCana-operated Buzzard field will be provided by Ferguson Modular of Inverurie, with laboratory equipment supplied by Aberdeen based Oleochem.

Ferguson Modular will design, fabricate and fit out the laboratory module at their in-house manufacturing facility in Inverurie. The unit will be built to SOLAS, A60, Zone 1 hazardous area standards and will be one of the first laboratories to be certified in accordance with the latest European ATEX directive, involving the monitoring and traceability of each operating component.

Oleochem has been chosen by Ferguson to specify and supply the latest laboratory equipment which will allow the production chemist to analyze the data efficiently.

The laboratory will be equipped internally with a fume cupboard, solvent storage and lab benches all within a fully air-conditioned module. The module self monitors against escape of hazardous gas, smoke and loss of pressure and if detected the laboratory will automatically shutdown any ignition source and purge safely before normal operation resumes.

Mike McKay, for Ferguson Modular commented, "We have worked very closely with Oleochem on a number of laboratory projects around the world and value their expertise for contracts such as Buzzard. During the past 12 months jobs to a value of over £0.5 million, have been completed between us, the most recent of which was laboratory for a Libyan contract. With Ferguson's experience in Module design and manufacture and Oleochem's capability we are confident we can supply the best laboratories available, to the global Oil & Gas industry."

Gordon Inglis, Business Development Manager of Oleochem – one of the premier companies providing laboratory services to the Oil & Gas Industry, explained the significance of the laboratory's role. "The laboratory is split into functional work areas to carry out crude testing, gas sampling, injection water and wet chemistry. It will monitor the quality of the oil which is exported into the Forties Pipeline, as well as monitoring the gas quality for export and most importantly, the environmental discharges."

The laboratory is due for completion in mid-September with normal operation planned for 2006.