HB Wins Year-Long Rental from BP

HB Rentals has won a deal worth USD $1.46million (GBP £715,000) with oil and gas major BP for two high-specification living complexes in the Gulf of Mexico.

HB Rentals is this month shipping out a major accommodation complex to the Grand Isle 95A platform from its US base at Broussard, Louisiana for an initial one-year deal with further options to extend.

The 56-bed modular living quarters comprises four HB Rentals 12-man sleeper units, two four-man sleeper and office cabins, a galley, diner and two utility buildings with full fire and gas systems and air conditioning throughout.

A 50ft x 50ft helideck has been installed on the roof of the complex, complete with external stairs and walkways, as the complex will be located on the platform’s existing helipad.

Jude Primeaux, offshore operations manager at the company’s Broussard base, said: "The size of our fleet at Broussard has allowed us to dedicate a major complex to BP for a long-term deal, while at the same time providing a second complex with bespoke equipment solutions."

In a second BP deal, HB Rentals has secured a 44-bed accommodation complex contract, using its standard 36ft x 11ft modules, also in the Gulf of Mexico on the West Delta Platform. It features three 12-man sleeper units, galley, diner, two utility buildings and infrastructure including sewage treatment, water tanks and distribution pipework, electrical distribution panels and diesel tank, and a range of other hook-up items to ensure efficient installation on arrival offshore.

The initial six-month deal was sealed thanks to the wide choice and availability of HB’s cabins and the firm’s ability to provide full hook-up support for the complex including the provision of ancillary equipment required for the project.

Glenn Aguilar, director of US offshore sales and marketing at HB Rentals, said: "We have a long history of providing accommodation solutions to BP as Duffy & McGovern, and are delighted to be continuing to expand our work with them as HB Rentals. Our work with BP has seen us supply modules to their projects in Europe, the Caspian, South East Asia as well as the US. Our ability to handle large-scale, global projects of the kind is boosted by the new enlarged support team we have in place following the expansion of HB Rentals as well as the extended product range which includes both onshore and offshore facilities."

HB Rentals is the world’s largest supplier of temporary on and offshore accommodation modules, operating from three major global hubs in Broussard, Louisiana, US; Aberdeen, Scotland and Singapore.

The global specialist includes the European, South East Asian and Australasian operations of the former Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services, which it acquired in January 2007 in a £23.7 million ($47 million) deal.