New Offshore Services Base for Sembmarine SLP
– 28th February 2014
Sembmarine SLP’s Offshore Services Division has moved to its own premises following rapid expansion over the past two years. The move from SLP’s Lowestoft yard at Hamilton Dock to close-by Newcombe House is in recognition of Offshore Services as a separate and important profit centre in SLP’s expanding business.
While Sembmarine SLP’s yard has been busy building the 140 man accommodation module for Nexen Petroleum’s Golden Eagle Development in the North Sea, its Offshore Services Division has also been growing from strength to strength designing and implementing solutions for offshore platforms already installed and producing oil and gas.
Brett Hurrell, Head of the Offshore Services Division, is delighted with the move. “Bringing our specialist team together in a purpose built premises will mean that we can focus even more on designing and implementing offshore solutions for our customers, and the fact that we are just round the corner from the main yard means we are on hand to carry out the hook up and commission of SLP’s new build platforms at any time.”
Sembmarine Offshore Services Division was originally formed to carry out the specialist offshore engineering work to connect SLP’s new platforms to existing structures and pipelines in the offshore fields. Their specialised knowledge and experience has been increasingly in demand from oil companies that require modifications to their offshore structures whether it be to improve productivity, increase length of service life or prepare for decommissioning. As Brett Hurrell says: ”Our market place is expanding all the time because we cater for the whole cycle from new builds through extension of asset life to decommissioning – and it’s a cycle that applies to offshore wind farms as well as the oil and gas platforms.”
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