Specialist Services Group Celebrating 38 Years

This year, Specialist Services Group is celebrating 38 years of operations as a global supplier of oilfield equipment, modular buildings and packaging solutions for people and equipment in the oil and gas, utility, petrochemical, power, renewables, and defence industries.

Throughout almost four decades, we have developed and refined an international capability in design, engineering, manufacture, installation, and support across our broad range of products and services. At the same time, we have also expanded geographically, with the aim of supporting our clients worldwide through our facilities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America.

A Brief Overview of Our Milestones

Founded in 1982 as ASCO Specialist Services, in 1985, Specialist Services became a sole proprietorship company owned by Philip Bond. During the first decade of its operations, the company provided quality products and solutions for some of the key players in the Oil & Gas industry, such as TOTAL ABK, Bundoq, Saudi Aramco, and Larsen and Toubro, among others.

Our Facilities

During the first 20 years, our facilities expanded first in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, followed by 15 years of global expansion first into South East Asia and Australia markets with Specialist Services Holdings Pte Ltd established in Singapore in 2010, and in Europe through the acquisition of Labtech Services Limited in Aberdeen, UK, in 2011. This was followed by the setup of a new company in India, Specialist Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd., and two Joint Venture Companies with RedGuard from the USA, including RedGuard Specialist Services based in UAE (2016) and Specialist Services RedGuard based in the USA (2017).

Our Product Range

Known in the industry as a provider of reliable and internationally compliant products, we started with Buildings, fire rated products and EPC projects. Over the last two decades, we then expanded our solutions range by adding Modular Hire, Drilling, Testing, Production and Process Packages (DTPP), as well as turn-key Facilities Management Solutions.

Throughout the years, we have been continuously innovating our products and services, to provide the best solutions for our clients. Within our DTPP solutions, we lead the market designing and delivering onshore and offshore modular well test packages, we have produced the world’s first scalable and flexible modular early production facilities, and also developed and delivered a stand-alone process heater with Sil 2 burner management system for Zone II hazardous area installation. Within our Buildings product range, we provide fully modular living quarters and stressed skin living quarters, and recently we also introduced and delivered modular shooting ranges, modular blast-rated multi-level plant control buildings, and stand-alone self-sufficient blast-rated and gas over-pressured refuge buildings. Within our Modular Hire division, we have also developed the world’s largest ABS compliant offshore accommodation fleet.

Our quality assurance processes and certification verify that our products and services meet the highest quality standards. Our latest certification includes Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 450001:2018.

Our Largest Projects

Throughout the years, within our Buildings division, we have worked on various large projects, such as 58 Man Living Quarters for ConocoPhillips, Bongkot Phase 4A Living Quarters Platform for PTTEP in Thailand, a 50 man Living Quarters Extension for Chevron in Thailand, Local Equipment Room and Local Control Room Buildings for Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) in UAE, a Control Building for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in Kuwait, Substation Modules for National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) and ADMA-OPCO in UAE, and the latest large project—70 Man 4-Level Living Quarter for Mubadala Petroleum in Malaysia, among others.

Some of Our Latest Achievements

In 2013, DNV GL awarded us the renewal of the DNV Manufacturing Survey Arrangement (or MSA), confirming once again Specialist Services’ high quality and reliable products manufacture, while in 2014, the Public Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality awarded Specialist Services as a role model organisation in the manufacturing sector for the management of occupational health and safety during the year 2012-2013. The same year, we launched the G4 Global, the first globally compliant office module, and received the Type Approval (TA) Certificate from ABS for 20ft A60 4 Men Portable Accommodation Modules. A year later, we launched FLEX 33 Accommodation Modules, compliant with the stringent ABS code.

In 2016, Zakher Marine International awarded us a rental contract for a 77-module, 150 man TLQ complex to accommodate ZADCO personnel offshore Abu Dhabi—one of the largest TLQ projects in the world. The same year, we also celebrated 6 million man-hours without Lost Time Injuries. Since 2017, we have been also achieving very high Customer Loyalty Score results, above 70%, and since 2019 over 80%, which reflect a high level of customer satisfaction with our solutions. This year, Abdul K. Molla, Welder at Specialist Services, won the first prize at SteelFab 2020 in UAE, proving the high level of professionalism of our employees.

This is just a short snapshot of some of our achievements, proving our quality and professionalism in all aspects of our business. While we are proud of what we have accomplished over almost four decades, we still have ambitious plans for the future.

Rogier van Riet appointed General Manager of RedGuard Specialist Services

The Board of RedGuard Specialist Services are pleased to welcome Rogier van Riet as the new General Manager.

Ian Rogers, CEO at Specialist Services Group and Director at RedGuard Specialist Services said: “We are pleased to announce that following a successful period as Business Development Manager – Europe, Rogier has been promoted to the role of General Manager.”

Prior to joining RedGuard Specialist Services, Rogier has been working for a decade in various sales and marketing roles in the Oil & Gas and Shipping industries. In his previous role at SAL Offshore B.V., he was responsible for business development and commercial management of offshore projects for South East Asia, Australia and the Far East, while in his latest role as Business Development Manager at RedGuard Specialist Services, he was responsible for projects based onshore and offshore Europe.

“In his new role, Rogier will focus on furthering the expansion of all products and services across our key regions, ensuring revenue growth and profitability,” said Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Specialist Services Group and Director at RedGuard Specialist Services.

The appointment of Rogier van Riet represents an important milestone for RedGuard Specialist Services’ expansion strategy. “Rogier’s extensive experience and Oil & Gas background are going to be pivotal in the next stage of growth for the company, and we wish him every success in his new role,” concluded Ian Rogers.

Rogier van Riet took up his new post on 28th June 2020 in Rotterdam.

CoverSix Dedicated Website for Defence and Security Solutions

RedGuard has been successfully providing products to the US military and defence clients for several years now under the CoverSix brand, and together with Specialist Services Group, we have taken this product range globally through our Joint Venture Company—RedGuard Specialist Services. With a wide variety of modular buildings for protection and security, CoverSix has now a dedicated website, providing detailed information about these hardened structures.

The product line features modular buildings equipped with customised threat mitigation, such as ballistic resistance, blast resistance, and resistance to forced entry. CoverSix also includes modular training range facilities, custom-outfitted ISO containers for use as mobile office locations and portable storage units. Scalable in size, CoverSix has a solution to keep personnel and assets safe and secure, no matter where duty calls.

At Specialist Services Group and LABTECH, we understand that mission-specific requirements are complex and can vary depending on your mission requirements. Therefore, together with RedGuard, we decided to provide those in the defence and security industry with a website focused entirely on their requirements.

With our strategic alliance with RedGuard, we are able to immediately address the requirements for specialised and hardened modular buildings serving the needs of defence, federal, and security customers worldwide.

Modular Buildings for Immediate Delivery for Your Temporary Requirements

When your operations face new or unforeseen challenges, LABTECH and Specialist Services are here to support you with convenient solutions for your temporary requirements. Our HIRE fleet of modular offices, accommodation, utility modules and other modular buildings is ready for immediate delivery to your site for rental requirements anywhere in the world.

Rental Buildings Application Options

  • Quarantine offices and accommodation for your personnel during their time of self-quarantine
  • Separate offices to keep your personnel safe when providing essential services
  • Temporary safe spaces for testing, patient intake, and examinations
  • Accommodation units for onsite medical staff
  • Accommodation units for personnel in treatment or recovery
  • Temporary storage of essential equipment and goods
  • Kitchen units, laundry, food storage, lockers and other support modules
  • Temporary blast-resistant office spaces adhering to API RP 752 and 753, applying a successfully blast-tested design

Features and Benefits

  • Quick and easy mobilisation and installation of prefabricated modules
  • Flexible laydown solutions with minimal footprint
  • Suitable for social distancing and quarantine measures
  • 20ft and 33ft Accommodation Modules with 1 to 12 men capacity
  • 10ft, 12ft, 14ft, 16ft, and 20ft Office Modules with optimised workspace efficiency
  • A60 SOLAS fire rating, CSC frame, and global certifications assuring quality and safety onshore and offshore

Our Modular Buildings are available for immediate rental and sale from our rental centres in Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Dubai, Jubail, Singapore, Houston, and New Iberia. We are also able to customise the units in line with your specific requirements.

Contact us for more information and orders

For more information about our Modular Buildings solutions during these challenging times, feel free to contact us at sales@labtechmodular.com. You can also contact our nearest regional team members.

New Regional Office in the Netherlands

Further to the continuous development and expansion of Specialist Services Group in Europe, we are adding sales and technical support staff for the region. The team will be based in our new offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, complementing our existing yard and rental fleet in Holland.

“This new regional office marks another important milestone at Specialist Services Group. As we further penetrate the European and North Sea market, we are able to better support our Clients from two facilities with offices, yards and rental fleet in this region—Labtech in Aberdeen (UK) and now also from Rotterdam,” said Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer at Specialist Services Group.

The new office is located in Albert Plesmanweg, Waalhaven area, and includes office space for our regional Sales and Technical Support Team.

“Supported by our Engineering and Manufacturing capabilities in Dubai and New Delhi, this new facility brings significant benefits to the Group by providing BRMs and Modular Hire solutions at competitive rates for immediate delivery, as well as other products from our Buildings, Drilling, Testing, Production and Process Equipment ranges. These are also complemented by refurbishment works, as well as a responsive call out service and maintenance works,” said Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Specialist Services Group.

Visit our Contact page for the new office location and contact details.

Abdul K. Molla, Welder at Specialist Services, wins First Prize at SteelFab 2020

From January 13th to 16th, 2020 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE, took place the 16th edition of SteelFab, the Middle East premier trade show for the metal working, metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industry. At the event, SteelFab together with Lincoln Electric and the Middle East Industrial Training Institute (MEITI) also hosted the inaugural Best Welder @SteelFab competition for welding industry professionals across the region.

Confident in our Welders’ expertise, during December 2019, we organised an internal welding competition at Specialist Services ASME facility in Al Quoz, Dubai, to select the four best Welders to enter the SteelFab competition: Noor Jamal, Mohamed Salem, Abdul Korim Molla and Rubal Hussain.

For the welding competition was used a Carbon Steel ASTM A36 plate (12.7mm thick) with the Electrode for SMAW – E 7018 (Shield Metal Arc Weld). Each participant had to do four rounds with positions of 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G. The welded test coupon was selected based on Visual or NDT test – i.e. Ultrasonic test.

After the completion of the test coupons by all participants, the Judging Panel selected the best three welders, where Abdul Korim Molla, Specialist Services, won the First Prize. The Second Prize went to Dubai Drydocks and the Third Prize to FabTech.

Manoj Kumar, Director of Operations at Specialist Services Group said that “welding is one of the most critical and central shop floor activities, as we are in the manufacturing industry. This is a proud moment as we won the first prize when competing against key players in the industry. It further reinforces that we have the best in class technicians and we continue to enhance their skills through training.”

      

This achievement reflects the high quality we continuously pursue at Specialist Services Group, where we have a strong, systematic and structured welding framework. “The way we manage the welding process, from the qualification and selection of Welders, their training, the weld design and testing (WPS / PQR), and the maintenance of welding equipment, to controls during the welding process, traceability and consumables control, all the way to the final inspection and acceptance of the welds is praiseworthy,” said Kirankumar Nagare, QHSE Manager at Specialist Services Group

Congratulations from everyone at Specialist Services Group to Abdul for this achievement, and to all the other participants for their excellent work!

We would like to thank SteelFab, Lincoln Electric and the MEITI for organizing this competition and look forward to participate in the next one.

Christmas Appeal 2018

With Christmas only five weeks away, Labtech is supporting the Christmas Appeal organized by Original 106 radio to collect food items and winter-warming clothing for families in need in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. For this initiative, Labtech has been nominated as the drop off point.

So, from now until Thursday, 20th December 2018, you can bring your donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, baby products and winter-warming clothes (must be brand new) to our office from Monday to Thursday, from 8 AM to 4 PM, or on Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM, at the following address:

Unit 2, The Bond Building
Howemoss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate
Dyce, Aberdeen

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Johanne Pocock at +44 (0) 1224 337777 / Johanne.pocock@labtechmodular.com.

We would like to thank you in advance for your donations and wish you a Merry Christmas!

Labtech Team

RedGuard Specialist Services signs Agency Agreement with EQIN in Rotterdam

We are glad to announce that RedGuard Specialist Services signed a new Agency Agreement with EQIN, the leading specialist in equipment solutions, to provide blast-resistant modular buildings in Europe.

In the photo (from left to right): John Kay, General Manager (RedGuard Specialist Services), Chris Ridley, Director (RedGuard Specialist Services), Rogier van Riet, Business Development Manager – Europe (RedGuard Specialist Services), Arjan Simmelink, Technical Director (EQIN), and Paul Verloop, Regional Manager South West (EQIN).

This partnership with EQIN will allow RedGuard Specialist Services to further penetrate the European market for blast-resistant modular buildings for sale and hire. Being the leading specialist in equipment solutions with business locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, EQIN is well established and perfectly positioned to supply RedGuard Specialist Services’ blast-resistant modular buildings in North-West Europe.

Arjan Simmelink, Technical Director at EQIN said: “We are very excited about the agreement with RedGuard Specialist Services and are looking forward to doing business together. These modules are a valuable expansion of the equipment we can offer our customers at petrochemical plants who have to work in explosion-sensitive zones”.

With Headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, EQIN is the most versatile all-round player in the field of industrial equipment rental and sales, and is a 100% subsidiary of Stork, a Fluor company. EQIN sells and rents temporary energy, air, lighting and welding installations, tools and equipment and accessories in the chemicals, oil and gas, power, steel and shipbuilding market segments. The provision of total concepts is one of EQIN’s strengths. Throughout the world, they supply total concepts on a project basis consisting of tools and equipment, staff, safety inspections, budget management and complete site facilities for turnarounds and new constructions.

Specialist Services relaunches company websites

Welcome to the Specialist Services Group website!

“On the occasion of our 36th anniversary, and to reflect the continued development of our products, services and locations, we are proud to relaunch our website. This reflects our culture, diversity and focus on providing quality products and services in a safe manner to a number of industry sectors,” highlights Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director.

The website has been designed and developed with improved navigation and functionality in order to provide a much more user-friendly experience and allowing a simpler access to our company details as well as products and services details. Information are easily accessible through the header menu, in respective sections, and our products and services pages are complemented by product e-brochures. You can also stay informed through the latest news of the company and visit regularly our Careers pages in order to find out more about our current openings.

We invite all visitors to explore the website. For more information about our products and services you can visit our Contact page in order to choose one of our regional offices or you can simply send us an email at sales@specserve.com.

“We look forward to another year of growth at Specialist Services,” concludes Chris.

Specialist Services delivered 100 Man TLQ Complex in a record time of 4 weeks

We are proud to announce that we have manufactured, installed, commissioned and handed over a 27-module, 100 man ABS / DNV certified TLQ complex in a record-breaking time of 28 days. The project has been awarded to Specialist Services based on our longstanding relationship with the Client and our capability to design, manufacture and certify this complex project with a very tight delivery to site lead time.

On 6th April 2018, we have been awarded a rental contract for the supply of a 27-module TLQ complex to accommodate 100 POB for a minimum contract duration of 2 years. All 27 modules were required to be ABS and DNV certified for installation on a jack-up barge. All modules were also required to be new to fulfill the contractual requirement and were supplied as a mix of single man and 4 man modules. The most critical part of the project was the extremely short delivery time of 4 weeks.

Based on our outstanding in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Specialist Services created a crash production schedule, detailing every element of Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning activities for the fabrication of the 27 ABS / DNV certified A60 Accommodation Modules, utilising our existing Type Approved designs. Internal processes were streamlined and optimised to ensure that schedules were met, whilst also meeting the stringent requirements for ABS and DNV with regard to in-process and final inspections. The delivery of all units from Specialist Services facility in Jebel Ali to the Client’s site in Ras Al Khaimah required multiple trailers in rotation and in line with the pre-planned installation sequence.

 

Kevin Murphy, Manager: Estimation & Engineering – Buildings, said: “On site, Specialist Services personnel demonstrated outstanding professionalism, dedication and technical know-how in coordinating with the Client, Class Surveyors and other contractors throughout the installation of the modules on board the vessel”.

The TLQ Complex has been installed on the jack-up barge on 5th May 2018 and will be used to safely and comfortably accommodate 100 personnel working on a project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Our teams in Jebel Ali yard and on site in Ras Al Khaimah worked tirelessly for four weeks to complete the project in this short lead time to an extremely high standard, demonstrating outstanding dedication and excellent work,” concluded Kevin Murphy.

During this project, Specialist Services showcased its market leading technical expertise, fabrication capability and, more importantly, its high standards of professionalism and teamwork.