Duffy and McGovern Gearing Up for High Demand

Oil and gas production operators and specialists are ramping up demand for high-standard engineering workspaces as activity increases in all regions and ageing accommodation exceeds its useful life.

Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services (DMAS) is meeting exhaustive calls from the industry through an ongoing worldwide manufacturing effort which has seen major to minor firms confirming advance orders for units still under construction.

It is currently building 18 of its 20ft x 8ft engineering cabins, which meet the highest offshore safety standards including DNV, SOLAS and IMO regulations, with a further 15 scheduled to be built later in 2007.

Construction is taking place at each of DMAS' global hubs, in the UK (Aberdeen), United States (Houston and Mississippi) and for the first time in China (Shanghai) to meet the growing needs of the industry in South East Asia.

It this week confirmed a raft of eight new deals in the UKCS, Russia, Norway and North America - worth in excess of (GBP) £350,000 (USD $700,000) - for the unique, fully customizable engineering cabins which can be fitted-out to fit virtually any purpose in an offshore environment.

The units can be built and modified for virtually any purpose, including outfitting as MWD and mud-logging cabins, laboratories and leak test cabins, workshops, ROV cabins, control room, office or telecommunications use.

In the UKCS, Duffy and McGovern has supplied four units, fitted as offices, to Geo @ Sea, along with a pair fitted as dive support modules to KD Marine and one set up as a mini-galley to the Compass Group in the North Sea. Subsea 7 has also taken a single unit, being used as an ROV cabin, in the North Sea, while Air Products has a leak-testing engineering cabin at the St Fergus terminal.

BJ Services and RTS AS have taken engineering test cabins for work at Sakhalin and in Mongstad, Norway, respectively and the global shipping leader Jumbo Ships is continuing to develop its work with DMAS with three engineering cabins, on a vessel working in the UKCS and North America.

Commercial director at Duffy and McGovern, Craig Russell, says: "Demand is exceeding our expectations and projections, but we are capable of meeting that challenge due to the intensive manufacturing program we have undertaken.

"That can be attributed to the increased workload the industry is dealing with due to continually rising global energy demand, but also to the condition of much of the accommodation infrastructure in most oil and gas producing regions.

"In many cases, the service accommodation being used by operators is now of a considerable age when what they need is a modern, flexible and, first and foremost, safe solution which can be mobilized to and from anywhere in the world."

DMAS pressurized cabins are fully A60 Zone I rated and DNV approved, coming fitted with standalone, digitally controlled shutdown systems, fire and gas detection systems and automatic fire dampers and air conditioning as standard.

Equipment including fully powered computer and telecoms rack space or safe testing areas to work benches and tool storage can all be added to the modules as required.

"There are points at which we only have a couple of days to ensure that cabins are delivered to our clients, be it in the UKCS, at Sakhalin, in Australia or the Gulf of Mexico, including in many cases the need to make modifications to meet their requirements – the level demand is that great."

Mr. Russell said the message to the industry could not be clearer – advance planning of accommodation requirements is now an essential factor to ensure operators can meet the high standards now widely in place and expected by their personnel.

Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services and its global operations were acquired for HB Rentals, a division of Superior Energy Services, in January 2007.