Con­tain­ers a home away from home for drilling work­ers

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A PROJECT BY elec­tric­ity lines and gen­er­a­tion com­pany Top En­ergy to ex­pand North­land’s Ngawha Geother­mal Power Sta­tion – which will take its ca­pac­ity from 25 megawatts to 53megawatts, enough to power the Far North re­gion – meant a bed de­mand for al­most 50 work­ers.

In­tro­duc­ing Royal Wolf’s largest New Zealand ac­com­mo­da­tion project to date – 29 ship­ping con­tain­ers with 19 for ac­com­mo­da­tion and a con­tainer hub in­clud­ing a 40-foot com­mer­cial kitchen, a laun­dry and ablu­tions unit, and a num­ber of con­tainer of­fices.

The spe­cially mod­i­fied con­tainer ac­com­mo­da­tion has been used pre­vi­ously in Aus­tralia’s min­ing camps. With an en­suite, kitch­enette, work sta­tion, TV, and air con­di­tion­ing the rooms have the aes­thetic of a home but with the porta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity of a con­tainer.

Project Man­ager Gunnlau­gur Már Sig­urds­son from Ice­land Drilling, the Ice­landic com­pany do­ing the drilling – two work­ing pro­duc­tion wells and two rein­jec­tion wells – says his com­pany has used con­tainer ac­com­mo­da­tion in other parts of the world and it is ideal for hous­ing work­ers on site.

“The real beauty of this style of ac­com­mo­da­tion is that while its tem­po­rary, it’s strong, can with­stand the el­e­ments and the heavy-duty na­ture of a site like this. But it’s also homely and com­fort­able. A home away from home is re­ally im­por­tant when you’re run­ning an op­er­a­tion that is run­ning 24/ 7,” he says.

Royal Wolf opened a branch in Whangarei two years ago to meet grow­ing de­mand for con­tainer so­lu­tions in the re­gion with ad­di­tional con­tain­ers need­ing to be brought in from Auck­land and the South Is­land for the Ngawha project.

Paul Creighton, Royal Wolf Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager, says the min­ing camp-turned-mo­tel style con­tain­ers are proven in this sort of camp en­vi­ron­ment af­ter be­ing used in large scale min­ing op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia.

“The Ngawha ex­pan­sion is a ma­jor project for the Far North and al­though it is sub­tle, the con­tain­ers play an im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing the project can run ef­fi­ciently,” says Creighton.

The 40-foot mod­i­fied con­tain­ers are 3m wide and the first of their kind in New Zealand with tra­di­tional con­tain­ers only 2.4m wide.

The ex­tra width means three spa­cious rooms can fit in­side one con­tainer.

“Be­cause they are con­tainer­ised, the ac­com­mo­da­tion can also be stacked to cre­ate a mul­ti­storey block which saves on space if the site is re­stricted. But the real beauty of this style of ac­com­mo­da­tion is that when de­mand eases, or an­other project gets up and run­ning, the con­tain­ers are por­ta­ble, so they can be picked up and ei­ther taken away or moved to an­other lo­ca­tion.”

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