Duffy & McGovern Wins Four Year Contract from Statoil

Statoil has negotiated a four-year contract extension with Duffy & McGovern Accommodation Services (DMAS) for the provision of offshore accommodation on the Troll A platform.

Duffy & McGovern has agreed to provide a 24-man accommodation complex for the platform until the end of 2010, in a deal which is worth £1million to the world-leading offshore accommodation company.

The deal was announced at the opening day of ONS 2006, the Norwegian sector's main oil and gas industry event, which takes place this week in Stavanger.

Duffy & McGovern managing director Craig McLeish believes the deal underlines the quality of the firm's temporary offshore living quarters which are increasingly being seen as an acceptable long-term solution by offshore workers and operators.

"The Norwegian sector is known throughout the oil and gas world as having the most stringent offshore standards for worker safety and welfare," says McLeish. "That Statoil is happy to continue with what are considered temporary sleeping cabins for a further four years, is testament to the quality, safety and comfort of these kind of products.

"Norway is generally acknowledged to have the most stringent standards in the offshore industry and we have invested heavily in creating cabins which meet Norwegian requirements. Our temporary cabins provide ample living space and good facilities, and operators and offshore staff are increasingly sticking with the flexible modular solution for the long term, as this Statoil deal shows."

Duffy and McGovern first secured the work on the Troll A in September 2003, beating off international competition to provide Statoil with a comprehensive offshore rental package to the value of £1.5 million. The contract saw Duffy and McGovern supply 16 temporary sleeping and office accommodation modules.

Under the original agreement, Statoil leased the sleeper units over a nine month period, with the option to extend thereafter. This is now the second time the firm has extended the contract, which it last did in October 2005 for nine months to August this year. The modules will now remain on board the Troll A to December 2010.