Duffy & McGovern to Open Hub in Singapore

Duffy & McGovern has formed a new network of offices in South East Asia and is creating a new operational and manufacturing hub in the region.

The firm announced new partnership arrangements with representatives in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore at the Offshore South East Asia (OSEA) show in Singapore on December 7, 2004.

Duffy & McGovern's plans also include establishing corporate bases in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and locating a £3 million fleet of around 50 accommodation units in the region.

"South East Asia is an increasingly important market for our business and we are totally committed to creating a permanent presence there, as our substantial fleet investment in the region shows," says Duffy & McGovern managing director Craig McLeish. "We have already had early successes in the region through our existing agents, Lodios, in Perth and we are delighted to be able to bring new agents on board to complete our Asian network. Our corporate offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be the final link in the chain and will allow us to provide a seamless service for our customers wherever in the world their projects take them."

Duffy & McGovern has appointed Hexamas as its agent in Kuala Lumpur and Supreme Oilfield Services in Singapore. Dwisatu Mustika Bumi (DMB) becomes the company's representative in Jakarta, whilst in the Phillipines and Thailand Duffy & McGovern will be represented by Lomar and Triconeer respectively. During OSEA the company will also continue negotiations with potential partners in Vietnam and Brunei and expects to sign up agents in those areas early in 2005.

The move will create Duffy & McGovern's third global operational hub, alongside Aberdeen and New Orleans. The new Singapore premises will become the management hub for the network when it opens next year.

A manufacturing capability will also be established in the region in 2005. This facility will provide a manufacturing, maintenance and logistics service and make a major contribution to Duffy & McGovern's fleet expansion program. This program will see Duffy & McGovern increasing its global fleet from 220 to 420 units by 2008 and in the last six months alone the company has invested over £2 million developing a new flexible 6 to 12-man sleeper unit and building new engineering modules.

"The strong network which is emerging in South East Asia is the next stage of our globalisation plans and will extend our coverage of the world's energy hot spots," continues Craig McLeish. "Over the last two years we have significantly expanded our business both in terms of our fleet size and our geographical reach. We now have an established presence in 16 cities and 13 countries worldwide and a global customer base to match."

Duffy & McGovern units have already been deployed on projects for Shell and BP in the region on the Phillipines' Malampaya field and Vietnam's Lan Tay field respectively. In Western Australia the company is currently working with ConocoPhillips, Ensco, Halliburton and Santos.