UK: Vikoma Bags Multimillion Defence Contract

Vikoma Lands Multimillion Defence Contract

Leading environmental technology company, Vikoma International Limited, has secured a second major contract with KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root).

The contract, worth more than £2.5million to Vikoma, is to support Ministry of Defence (MoD) deployable fuels infrastructure including aircraft and ground vehicle refuelling operations.

Vikoma will provide rugged and portable powerpacks for the Joint Operational Fuel System (JOFS) project covering the army, air force and navy. The contract also includes the supply of fuel tanker rollover kits.

The powerpacks designed, tested and manufactured by Vikoma, deliver hydraulic drive to operate refuelling pumps which facilitate fuel transfer, storage and issue in extreme weather conditions and harsh environments. The rollover kits are inflatable tanks which can capture any fuel spilt in the event of an accident causing a fuel tanker to roll over.

The systems were specially adapted from Vikoma standard designs and manufactured by Vikoma under an earlier contract with KBR, who supply the MoD with capital equipment and support services.

The repeat order for an increased number of units comes after powerpacks supplied under the previous contract have been successfully used for over two years in locations as diverse as Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.

Peter Tyler, Managing Director of Vikoma, said:

“Securing this contract opens up another exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate our engineering and manufacturing excellence. Vikoma has the highest standard of equipment; our powerpacks are capable of operating in genuinely extreme conditions and are equipped with the latest technology having undergone the most rigorous testing prior to gaining MoD approval.

“Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience, coupled with our in-house design and manufacturing expertise. We are rapidly earning a reputation in the defence sector as well as the oil and gas industry for consistently delivering quality and reliability.”

Vikoma is best known for the design and manufacture of world leading specialist equipment for oil spill response and recovery systems. Powerful and reliable power packs are a key element of these systems which must be able to operate in harsh environments.

 Mr Tyler added: “Our track record in the manufacture of these products impressed KBR as did our ability to engineer a  solution that meets the stringent requirements of operating in extreme temperatures (hot and cold), as well as at high altitude and in very sandy conditions.”

Part of Aberdeen head-quartered Energy Environmental Group, Vikoma leads the world in the design, manufacture and installation of oil spill containment and recovery equipment. The business has a global reputation for the development of innovative, high performance products to deal with the full range of oil spill scenarios.

Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013; Image: Vikoma