Duffy and McGovern Heads to New Zealand with AWE

Duffy and McGovern has sealed its first deal in New Zealand, with Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited (AWE) in the Taranaki Basin.

AWE has hired one of Duffy and McGovern's unique fleet of 20' x 8' engineering cabins, fitted-out as a laboratory, for six months in a deal worth more than GBP £20,000.

Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services has delivered the module from its base in Perth, Western Australia, and is now looking to establish a fleet base in New Zealand to serve prospects in the Tasman Sea.

Staff from AWE drilling will use the pressurized, A60 fire-rated cabin during operations on the Ocean Patriot at Tui Field.

Duffy and McGovern's unique range of 20' x 8' footprint modules are in high demand and widely available in all global regions, offering flexible solutions for any requirement from two-man sleeping quarters, to drilling support cabins, offices, workshops, stores and mini galleys.

Regional vice president, Mike Godwin, said the deal emphasized the rapid growth Duffy and McGovern is enjoying in the region, with the establishment of new fleet in the area the next step as business throughout South East Asia increases.

"This deal, alongside the nearby drilling operations currently being carried out by our parent company Superior Energy Services, will put us in a strong position in New Zealand, which is fast-developing into a prominent region for oil and gas exploration and production," said Mr. Godwin.

"Offshore safety standards in New Zealand are similar to those in the North Sea, the principal province for our European base, and so we are perfectly suited to meet and exceed the industry's requirements.

"Our fleet throughout the region is in high demand, with our well-established bases in Western Australia and Singapore serving many of the major developments in the Asia Pacific."

DMAS was acquired by US company Superior Energy Services in January 2007, for its existing accommodation subsidiary HB Rentals, head-quartered in Broussard, Louisiana.

John Roy, of AWE New Zealand, said: "Duffy and McGovern's international reputation and close proximity to our work in the area were a key to us striking up this new relationship and we are delighted with the facilities they have provided for us."