Reflecting on 2021
2021 brought us a mix of challenging and rewarding moments. Join us in taking a look back at just a few of the events and accomplishments from the past year.
Health & Safety Remain Priority – Amidst another year of the global pandemic, our HSE team worked, with the support of our leadership, to develop and enhance procedures that would keep the health and well-being of our employees at the forefront of our ongoing operations. Morrison collectively managed operations in a way that allowed for continued success of projects with little to no major disruption. We are proud of the way our employees worked together to ensure that proper processes were followed to keep health and safety a priority.
Wind & Renewables Services Expansion – Morrison recognizes the importance of wind and its role in sustainable U.S. energy for the coming years. As an established and preferred contractor and fabricator for many major energy companies, we remain focused on being an integral part of the supply chain to deliver alternative solutions for energy. A part of this initiative involves the hiring of Kirk Meche as our new Director of Renewable Energy. Prior to joining Morrison, Kirk worked for Gulf Island Fabrication as President/CEO. Meche gained national attention for his role in pioneering the entrance of oil and gas fabricators into the wind energy business. Visit the Morrison website to learn more about our efforts in the wind and renewables market. Learn more here
Growth in West Texas Activity – Over the last two years, Morrison has been successful in developing a strong presence in the West Texas area providing expansion and maintenance work for clients engaged in hydrocarbon exploration. This growth was made possible because of our strong project management and field leadership in these continuing projects. We look forward to continuing to grow our presence in this area with the addition of a field office in the next few months.
Morrison Completes 12th Full Field Decommissioning in Gulf of Mexico & A Multi-Year Decommissioning Campaign – As demand for offshore decommissioning services in the Gulf of Mexico grows, Morrison continues to position itself as a major player in the market. In 2021, Morrison completed the total field decommissioning of six structures in the Gulf of Mexico where it provided fully-managed end-to-end decommissioning services to remove all associated wells, pipelines, topsides and jackets. This brings Morrison’s portfolio of total field decommissioning projects to twelve. In addition to these full field removals, Morrison completed a multi-year decommissioning campaign that began in 2019 and included the removal of almost 250 miles of subsea pipeline and demolition of multiple facilities. Learn more here
Morrison Expands Work in the Caribbean – As Caribbean countries work toward growing sustainable energy, Morrison recognizes the vast amount of opportunities to bring its portfolio of services to these regions. In 2021, Morrison executed two significant projects in the Caribbean region – a shallow water cable lay project in Guyana, South America and a pipeline installation project in Cuba. Morrison’s CM-9 pipelay barge and a team of 18 began their journey to Guyana in May 2021. They would spend several days preparing in Curacao, South America before boarding the barge for its seven day tow to the project location in Guyana where there they would install a fiber optic cable between shore and 15 m of water. The project in Cuba consisted of installing and anchoring two pipelines, each about 1,185’ long on the bottom of a relatively shallow bay.
Deepwater Riser Services’ Houma Facility Receives FTZ Certification – Deepwater Riser Services, a division of Morrison, received foreign trade zone certification for its Houma storage facility. Being FTZ-certified means that drilling products can now be stored at its location without the need for clients to pay customs, tariffs or duties. This development, coupled with the facility’s prime Gulf of Mexico location, brings a number of benefits for oil & gas companies, namely by providing a cost-effective, streamlined and turnkey solution for the entire riser life cycle. Learn more here
Evolving the Morrison | Mexico Brand – In order to streamline our brand consistency and better reflect our global reach, Chet Morrison Contractors, Mexico (CMEX) will now be referred to as Morrison | Mexico. With this name change comes an updated logo that is cohesive with the updated Morrison branding that was adopted in 2019. We have also launched a new website and social media channels to continue to grow our digital media presence in Mexico and beyond. Learn more here
TOFCO’s PASS Program Success – Our Trinidad partner, TOFCO, created a community pilot project in La Brea, Trinidad to drive academic excellence in the struggling school district. The plan, named Preparing All Students for Success (PASS), required a commitment from the teachers and leaders of area schools as well as a buy-in from students, which was achieved through the slogan “Educating is a vibe; We pumping with knowledge.” These efforts were able to help take La Brea students from a 13% pass rate to a 93% pass rate. Learn more here
Hurricane Ida Impacts HQ & Community – Hurricane Ida caused massive damage as it made landfall on Sunday, August 29. One of the hardest-hit areas was Houma, La, the city where we first put down our roots. After being headquartered here for nearly 40 years and having once been one of the largest employers in Terrebonne Parish, we are fully ingrained in the community. While Morrison has expanded over the years, many of our employees, customers, vendors and their families still call the Bayou Country home. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, we immediately responded to continue serving our clients, but to also use our available resources to take care of our Morrison families and the community. For our employees, we provided supplies, like fuel and water, and lent hands to clean up and tarp roofs. We also transformed our training center into a space called the Kids’ Korner for Morrison’s littlest members to play when schools and daycares were closed. For those with much greater needs, we began a GoFundMe where donations could be collected and distributed. Fellow employees as well as customers, vendors and friends stepped up and generously gave to support this effort. Taking our efforts a step further, we also worked to aid others in the community. Through partnerships with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, K&B Industries, United Vision Logistics, “Houma’s where the heart is” and the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence, we were able to provide food, supplies, toys and school supplies to those who were affected. Our ties to this community remain just as strong as they were on day one, and our hearts break with our friends, families and neighbors who have lost so much. Together we can restore & revive our Home Sweet Houma.
Reflecting back on these milestones, we recognize this list barely scratches the surface of all that was accomplished together this past year. However, it’s about looking ahead and our 2022 outlook looks strong. That brings us nothing but encouragement about what is to come.