Udelhoven Oilfield System Services ships their first modules made in Nikiski.
It was a proud day last week for Udelhoven Oilfield System Services employees as they put the finishing touches on their first two modules to be fabricated in Nikiski. The two production separator units will soon be on their way to drill sites at the Alpine production unit on the North Slope. The outcome of a complex process that started back in July of last year according to Udelhoven project manager Milt Allen, “It’s a long process, first you have to get pre-qualified by the customer to bid on this type of fabrication, then a strenuous bid process, followed by a final review before the award. In the past many of these types of modules have been built in Anchorage, but now companies want to take advantage of the work force available here on the North Road and we have become as competitive as Anchorage,” said Allen.
Milt Allen, Udelhoven project manager, with one of the first modules fabricated at their Nikiski plant, ready for delivery to the North Slope
Allen says the project has provided work for an average of 60 people during fabrication and believes that the increase price of oil is an incentive for more oil and gas development in Alaska and is optimistic about future projects. Allen expressed pride in his work force, “We have an excellent and safe crew out here. We had three goals from the out set of this project and first was safety, we wanted our safety record to be perfect and to date we have had no lost time accidents and only a couple of band aid incidents, second was to maintain a high quality effort, and third was to maintain our scheduled shipping date. While we’ve had our challenges and struggles with availability of materials due to the Katrina hurricane, we are proud to have met these goals, especially in safety,” said Allen.
Udelhoven Oilfield System Services workers put the finishing touches on a module that will be shipped from Nikiski to the North Slope this week
Udelhoven Oilfield System Services started as a small company in Nikiski and has continued to grow even during times of decline in the industry and as their first two production modules head up the haul road to Alpine they proudly state, “We are your energized contractors for module fabrication and all your oil field needs through out Alaska. Doing the job right, on time, an under budget.”
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