New range of safety modules for North Sea
14 September 2011
HB Rentals has introduced the first ATEX Zone one pressurised A60 rental cabins to the UK Continental Shelf.
HB Rentals has introduced the first ATEX Zone one pressurised A60 rental cabins to the UK Continental Shelf
The introduction of the cabins, rated to the ATEX European directive, represents the next generation of well service in the North Sea, providing the highest safety and technology standards in the world.
Zone one classification is one of the most hazardous areas on an oil rig and generally covers most areas on the drill floor.
Since the ATEX directive was introduced in 2003 no new zone one rated modules have been available for rental in the region.
HB Rentals is to build a fleet of 50 ATEX Zone one modules, designed to BSEN 50381, at a cost of approximately £8 million. They will be used for well services, including measurement while drilling and mud logging.
Designed for all climates, the modules, which are 16ft and 20ft by 8ft, will be available from HB Rentals’ bases in Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Dubai, Stavanger, Singapore and Australia. They will be introduced globally throughout 2011 and 2012.