SATSOP, Wash. - Fifteen to 20 welders are being tested right now at BMT-Northwest to help with a new contract to build a $3.2 million, 10-tank, five-module package for the cementing part of an oil rig located on Spy Island near the tiny village of Nikaitchuq on the Beaufort Sea in Alaska.
The new hires will bring the number of employees at BMT-Northwest to about 82.
This order for M.I. Swaco, which is scheduled to be complete in January, is larger than the one BMT-NW completed last year in October. That one was a 26,400 barrel system that went to Liberty Platform on the North Slope of Alaska. This contract is for a 44,000 barrel system, said Rollie Irwin, vice president of manufacturing for BMT-Northwest.
"Getting this rig package contract is only because of being located at Satsop Development Park," Irwin said. "We have the space and the capacity here to rig this up inside the building as well as the ability to barge it out when we're done."
In April, another large order headed for Alaska was the first to be shipped from the Park's newly renovated industrial barge slip on the Chehalis River.