Accommodation Solution for offshore renewables
23 May 2013
As the number of offshore renewables projects continue to increase, so does the requirement for flexible offshore accommodation solutions. In response to the growth, the Ferguson Group has expanded its product offering to provide space for the number of workers needed to undertake these projects. Since opening its first manufacturing facility in 1985, the Ferguson Group manufactures, delivers and installs accommodation and workspace modules to a range of global offshore energy and renewables projects.
The Group has recently expanded and upgraded its offering of workspace and accommodation solutions to meet the niche needs of the renewables sector.
The accommodation service vessel, ASV Pioneer, was introduced to Ferguson Group’s fleet in 2011, and completed its first renewables contract last year. ASV Pioneer is unique in the marketplace as a result of its flexible accommodation configuration.
It is currently configured to cater for 120 people on board in well-appointed en-suite rooms, along with an office, galley, mess, medical and recreational facilities. It is manufactured to DNV 2.7-1/ EN12079 standards and has large open deck space, which offers a multitude of uses to both the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
In May 2012 ASV Pioneer completed its first renewables contract, a cable-laying project for a wind farm in the North Sea. The project involved the installation of 140 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 500 megawatts - enough to power around 530,000 homes.
Ahead of the project, the vessel underwent upgrades and equipment installation in the River Tees. The plough, which was towed by the vessel and was involved in the lay equipment, was designed specifically for simultaneous lay and burial of submarine cable systems in challenging soil types.
Graham Cowperthwaite, Executive Director – Operations at Ferguson Group said: “This is our first accommodation service vessel and we are delighted to now be able to offer a bespoke solution for the renewables industry, as well as our existing oil and gas market. We look forward to working with clients on their offshore projects in the future, and meeting the growing requirement for offshore renewables accommodation solutions.”
Improvements have also been made to the Group’s range of 6m workspace modules, which provide a safe and comfortable fit for purpose working environment. Updates include a new internal fit out and dual or individual air-conditioning systems with an individual thermostat control.
The Ferguson Group continue to supply high quality A60, DNV 2.7-1 certified accommodation and workspace modules to the offshore and renewables market. The modules offer high standard and comfortable offshore accommodation, supported by a range of workspace modules including offices, laboratories, MWD cabins, mud logging cabins, coffee shops and workshops. Ancillary modules such as recreation rooms, gymnasiums, lockers, laundry rooms and medic suites are also supplied.
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