Shetland Facilities Management wins Sella Ness contract

Shetland Facilities Management has been selected by Petrofac to manage and operate the accommodation units at Sella Ness.

SFM has taken over the contract to run the site opposite Sullom Voe, currently housing workers for the Total Shetland Gas Plant, from ESS Offshore, part of the Compass Group.

SFM was recently formed by Frank and Debbie Strang, who own and have transformed the former RAF Saxa Vord camp to provide visitor accommodation in Unst.

Mr Strang said: “Since the arrival of the oil industry more than 40 years ago, Shetland companies have been providing high-quality services, and naturally we are delighted that Petrofac have awarded us the contract to run Sella Ness.

“We have huge experience when it comes to operating accommodation in Shetland and have added a number of highly experienced facilities management professionals to the team to ensure Petrofac get what they want to the standards they expect.”

He added: “Petrofac recognise the importance of engaging with the Shetland community and with our roots here we are obviously keen to play our part in that while building the business.”

SFM will take over all aspects of the running of the site, including security, logistics and housekeeping, and are committed to using local suppliers such as GTS, Star Rental and E&M Plant Hire.

Some 90 ESS staff at Sella Ness have transferred to SFM under TUPE regulations along with more than 100 agency staff.

Sella Ness accommodates Petrofac employees working to complete the gas plant, which will service the Laggan-Tormore field to the west of Shetland. Petrofac has also been contracted by BP to build the gas sweetening plant at Sullom Voe.

Planning permission was recently granted to allow the Sella Ness units to remain until 2020.

SFM hope to be able to expand the capacity of the site beyond its current limit of 848 in conjunction with its Norwegian owners Malthus.

SFM hopes to showcase its abilities and bid for new work both in Shetland and beyond.