Yorkshire manufacturer makes noise with record contract win

Wakefield Acoustics managing director, Lee Nicholson (left) and project manager Rory McCourt.

Wakefield Acoustics has won a multi-million pound contract - the largest in its history - with a North Sea oil company.

The contract is to provide 17 high specification acoustic enclosures to Johan Sverdrup oil field, located on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The Johan Sverdrup field is one of the largest oil discoveries ever made in the region and is expected to generate between 550-650 barrels per day at its peak over the course of the next 50 years.

Wakefield Acoustics have been working with its client over the past year to design a series of high specification noise control and blast rated acoustic enclosures to meet the requirements of the project.

Each enclosure is fabricated from corrosion resistant materials taking into consideration the access requirements of the end client, and the space constraints which are a typical of this type of application.

The enclosures are designed to withstand the client specified blast loads in the event of an explosion, and incorporate the following safety features, which are typical for such hazardous area applications:

  • Fire & Gas detection and suppression system featuring titanium deluge pipework.
  • PAGA visual beacon warning systems.
  • Integral hazardous area compliant ventilation system for maintaining internal temperatures within operational tolerances.
  • Internal lighting, and emergency lighting in the event of main power failure.
  • Removable sections for regular and major maintenance requirements.
  • All equipment is ATEX compliant to the relevant standards as required, and cabling of instrumentation is in accordance with relevant NORSOK standards.

Managing director of Wakefield Acoustics, Lee Nicholson, commented: “The contract represents the company’s largest ever contract and we are extremely proud of the strong reputation we have built up in this sector.

“Following on from our recent relocation to a new manufacturing facility, continued growth throughout the business, and the securing of this contract, we have created seven additional jobs in the business.”