Offshore building provides shelter on oil platform

Rubb stepped up to design and build a Rapid Deployment Shelter on an offshore oil platform for Aker Solutions and end user Statoil.

The insulated structure provides a warm, secure and comfortable welfare facility for offshore employees.

Aker Solutions specialises in products, integrated systems and services across the oil and gas industry in countries worldwide. The firm contacted Rubb Buildings Ltd looking for an insulated structure to be installed on an oil rig off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland. End user, energy giant Statoil, delivers oil, gas and wind power to millions of people around the globe.

The 9.1m span x 12.6m long RDS shelter was designed for rapid deployment and erection using a minimum workforce and without the aid of mechanical handling equipment. The shelter provided can be easily installed in the most challenging of locations. Rubb site supervisor Trevor Sarginson participated in a number of rigorous training sessions ahead of the installation on the platform located in the North Sea.

Ståle Sagvaag, Offshore Completion Manager, Mariner Project, at Statoil said: “We are very happy with the Rubb structure. Traditionally we use covered scaffolding, which is both more expensive and requires servicing every 14 days. This alternative solution, including adherence to local regulations, would be great to roll out across this industry sector. The comfort levels are significantly better than what we were previously using.”

Sales Manager Andy Knox added: “The building features our standard galvanized steel frame and is clad with our Thermohall® insulated cladding system, with a U-Value of 0.67 W/m2K. This helps provide an accessible and comfortable facility where employees can enjoy some downtime. This particular shelter was also designed to suit the high wind loads of the location. As the project developed we worked very closely with Aker Solutions to ensure the design and installation met with the client’s and end users’ requirements.”