Contract Extensions Bring New Year Boost to HB Rentals

Offshore accommodation leader HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, is enjoying a strong start to 2008 as a series of its modules are retained by major operators on newly extended deals.

HB Rentals' customizable units, suitable for use as sleeper cabins, high-specification workspaces, galleys and locker rooms, will continue aboard major assets in the North Sea and further afield under the year-long contracts.

The firm continues to build on its strong relationship with BP, which has again extended its rental of a special living complex first installed on its Lomond platform in the North Sea in 2005.

Comprising seven A60 fire rated, DNV approved four-man sleeper units and the first ATEX-approved module made available to offshore operators in the North Sea, fitted as a locker room, the complex forms a complete living quarters in support of the existing permanent living quarters on the platform.

Maersk has agreed another extension to its rental of eight DNV approved linkable sleeper modules, complying with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and IMO (International Maritime Organization) standards, which were first installed on the jack-up drilling rig Inspirer in February 2005.

The modules are stacked to create a two-storey complex accommodating a total of 32 staff on the Inspirer, and have traveled with the rig to work for ConocoPhillips on the Jade field and now into Norwegian waters working for the newly merged StatoilHydro.

HB Rentals' growing relationship with PSN in Australia continues to develop, with the offshore services provider signing an extension to its rental of a 24-man complex delivered to the Snapper Platform, in the Bass Strait in summer 2007.

Craig Russell, HB Rentals' sales director for Europe and South East Asia, said: "This is an extremely positive way for us to start 2008, strengthening our relationships globally with some of our longest-standing customers in the UK and overseas.

"Our reputation for providing high-specification units which can equally provide safety and comfort for workers in the harsh conditions of the North Sea or in warmer climbs, is built upon relationships such as these.

"Seeing such a large volume of our modules continuing on long-term rental deals also gives clear support to our ongoing investment in constructing new cabins to serve the global oil and gas exploration and production industry."

Independent oil and gas operator Apache North Sea Ltd will continue to use a 16-bed HSE-compliant HB Rentals living complex on the Forties Echo platform, which was first-delivered to the North Sea asset in August 2005.

Oceanteam will also retain a 32-bed complex, comprising eight linked cabins, aboard the BODO Installer work vessel providing SOLAS and IMO A60-rated sleeping accommodation for the barge crew.

HB Rentals is the world's largest unique 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, American, South East Asian and Australasian operations of the former Duffy and McGovern Accommodation Services, which it acquired in January 2007.