Glasgow firms win oil rig contracts

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Two Glasgow firms have won a multi-million-dollar order for refurbishment work on a huge oil rig that will boost employment and increase confidence in the prospects for the oil services sector.

OP Marine, an offshore fit- out specialist based in Rutherglen, has been appointed to replace the galley and staff rest areas on the MSV Regalia rig, one of 12 owned by Singapore- based Prosafe.

The firm expects to recruit an additional 12 staff to help service its increased workload, taking employee numbers to 50.

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RH Morton, the galley specialist based in Glasgow’s East End, has been appointed to manufacture and supply specialised kitchen equipment in partnership with OP Marine. The contract will help safeguard the jobs of RH Morton’s 15 staff.

The refit of the Regalia will be completed at the Keppel Ver-olme yard in Holland and will include the installation of 330 single-person cabins on the rig.

On completion this will be used by BP on the Valhall field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea until December 2010.

Steve Ingle, managing director of OP Marine, said Prosafe was an extremely important client for which it had completed a number of projects. RH Morton has worked for other oil and gas firms including BP and Shell.

The contract win provides a welcome indication that there is still lucrative work to be won by Scotland’s small and medium-sized firms in the oil services business, despite the slump in oil prices from $147 a barrel in July to around $44 currently.

Separately, Aberdeen-headquartered Enermech has won a £550,000 contract from Talisman for crane cabin supply and installation work on the Gyda platform in the southern North Sea.

www.theherald.co.uk

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