The new facility for the deepwater drilling contractor drill is now open at the port of Iberia.

Seadrill has moved from its 25 acre / 14,000 square foot facility in Houma to the new 57 acre / 200,000 square foot warehouse at Iberia Port. The space also includes 3,000 square feet of temperature-controlled storage.

The space will allow crews to bring ship equipment from overseas locations for repair or maintenance and store the equipment away from the elements. Lynn Usie, Global Warehouse Manager for Seadrill, said the port’s proximity to the coast and waterfront attracts the company. And the location is already proving useful: Usie explained that in the company’s first week, she was only able to use one ship instead of several to send 40 riser joints in water. deep. Using that vessel alone saved the company $ 300,000, Usie said.

Iberia Parish has also been able to designate the area as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTA), which allows tax benefits for foreign stocks stored in the yard. Without it, Usie said the move would never have happened.

After the Port of Iberia built the new facility specifically for Seadrill, it has already heard from suppliers and other companies who are also interested in joining the space.

“Just moving us in here and announcing the move, he got a lot of calls from vendors who want to follow along,” Usie said. “I would love to fill the rest of the port with all of our vendors, people who can actually help us and anyone around the port.”

A second phase is underway with a test bench that will allow other companies to bring their own equipment and test it on site.

Seadrill is also looking to start reaching out to the community and participating in every philanthropic effort possible, Usie said.

“We’re going to do our best to have Seadrill support the local community and all local events. We want to set the standard in everything, to be a company that everyone admires and says, ‘We’re not just worried about drilling wells. oil, we are concerned for workers and their families. ”

The company hopes to bolster its team of locals as high as possible and start helping the region as soon as possible, especially after the difficult months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The future is really good. When the pandemic comes out, things are different, but we are looking for a very good future,” Usie said. “I think you see a very good future for the Port of Iberia.”

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