On July 10, ASRC Energy Services Inc. broke ground on an expansion and upgrade to its Rig Tenders Dock marine facility in Nikiski. The $9.4 million upgrade is expected to be completed in 2013 and will allow AES to pursue new marine service opportunities as oil and gas exploration activities increase in Cook Inlet, as well as the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Additionally, the upgrade will complement current construction and fabrication projects at the adjacent Kenai Fabrication Shop.
Rig Tenders Dock was built in the late 1960s to support the expanding oil and gas industry in Cook Inlet. AES acquired the facility in 1997 and developed it into a module fabrication and assembly yard. The aging marine facility will undergo three phases of improvements. Phase I of the upgrade will address critical maintenance items to maintain the structural integrity of the dock. Phase II will address client-requested upgrades, including the purchase of a 225-ton crane and L220 loader. Phase III upgrades will include electrical and lighting, security and monitoring, and grading and paving the dock surface.
AES also broke ground in late June in New Iberia, La., at its subsidiary, Omega Natchiq Inc., to build a 45,000 square-foot under-roof fabrication facility that will feature eight 20-ton overhead cranes and 75 welding stations. The under-roof facility is expected to curb delays and work days lost due to inclement weather. Omega Natchiq provides fabrication, construction and technical services for energy producer clients operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The $4.87 million project is expected to be complete and operational this fall.
“Together, these projects will position ASRC Energy Services to grow new business opportunities and solidify our position as a preferred vendor for oil and gas companies both in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico for years to come,” said president and CEO Jeff Kinneeveauk.