North-east storage and inspection firm Independent Oilfield Services has secured two major new contracts, worth more than £12.5 million.
The Sumitomo Corporation Europe has awarded IOS an eight-year, £10 million contract to carry out management and inspection services while Odfjell Drilling has agreed a £2.5million contract for the management and inspection of drillpipe.
IOS is now proceeding with a £3 million expansion to Longside Supply Base near Peterheid** in order to significantly expand its capacity to service the two new clients as well as its existing customer base.
This represents the second phase of a new £5.5 million investment by IOS in the region. Last month, IOS, a privately owned and privately funded company, announced that it had purchased its previously leased 32 acre site at the former Longside airfield for £2.5 million.
The company retains a 15-year option to lease additional sites at Longside with potential to extend their facility to 100 acres.
Following the granting of planning permission at the end of last year to create an additional 35acres of storage, work has now begun on the construction of new warehousing, an inspection facility and a machine shop.
The expansion will create around 20 additional jobs with the company, which has already doubled its workforce in recent years.
IOS’s new inspection facility will give it additional capacity to handle the requirements of the Sumitomo contract. The OCTG inspection and preparation resource will prepare and inspect up to 300 joints a day, triple the current capacity.
The key factors in Sumitomo’s selection of the facility were the close proximity to the Peterhead port, the comprehensive range of services provided and the potential for future expansion.
Donald MacKay, VP for European business at Odfjell Well Services, commented: “We awarded this contract to IOS because the size of the facility and the range of equipment they have available enables quick and efficient loading and offloading which allows us to meet our very tight deadlines and deliver a reliable service to our growing client base.”
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** ‘Cooncil’ is the Scots language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative; etc. Ditto for ‘Peterheid’/ Peterhead
10 Jan 2018