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s profitability falls and capital expenditure budgets are cut, Aggreko is seeing more and more oil and gas companies looking to reduce their costs and capital investment by increasingly renting specialist power generation and temperature control equipment. Renting is often a lower cost, lower risk and more flexible option than buying equipment. Our clients can also avoid the time consuming process involved with getting capex signoff, and instead, use operational or maintenance budgets. Meeting variable power demands A key benefit of hiring generators comes from their flexibility. When customers buy generators they will specify equipment to meet their project’s current power demand, but requirements often change over time. When demand falls for example, the generators could be working inefficiently, wasting fuel and creating the possibility of excessive emissions. While if requirements increase, then an additional power source will be required. Temporary generators offer a flexible solution, as they can be hired on a long or shortterm basis and can be scaled up or down with very short lead times, to meet varying power requirements. Renting power reduces the responsibility and risk with respect to servicing and maintenance. Using rental generators moves the risk and responsibility of service, maintenance and repair to us and away from the customer, who have assurance that the equipment is fully tested and serviced ready for immediate use, rather than relying on their own equipment that can deteriorate overtime and prove unfit for purpose if it’s not regularly serviced. As managers increasingly seek budget certainty, the Aggreko team looks for more ways to support. A site survey carried out by engineers can provide detailed and accurate project budgets for turnkey solutions, from consultancy through to installation, service and repair, and eventual removal. We are seeing increased demand for our fixed cost model, which includes ancillary equipment, spares, servicing and maintenance.

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Flexible solutions for oil and gas lifecycle Rental power and temperature control solutions are increasingly being used during all phases of the exploration and production life cycle. This includes: ● Construction: Temporary power is often required for construction projects without adequate mains supply, both for on and offshore applications. ● Commissioning: Power can be required during hookup, whilst hired loadbanks can be used to load test emergency generators and UPS units to ensure full functionality before they go online. ● Backup power: Rental generators can be used to fill power gaps and ensure that full production continues if the regular power supply is disrupted. For facilities without backup power, temporary generators can be available on standby to provide a reliable, cost effective emergency power source. ● Secondary power: The power demands of many facilities often meet or even exceed their maximum power supply. If there are additional power or voltage requirements, e.g. for construction or drilling projects, to power cranes, pumps or drill rigs etc, temporary generators may be used. ● Planned shutdowns and maintenance: Temporary power provision can be used during periods of planned maintenance to allow operations to run as normal or with minimum interruption. ● Accommodation: Providing power and comfort cooling for worker accommodation. ● Decommissioning and abandonment: Rental power can be used as part of the deconstruction activity. The power provision can be scaled up or down to meet the specific needs of the project as it progresses, including critical power on normally unmanned installation (NUI) and minimally manned installation (MMI) facilities. ■ Russell Brown, area sales manager for oil and gas, Aggreko

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