My three months in Oman on contract has been an interesting time as I have travelled large parts of the country. From Muscat to 1000km away into the desert with many places in between.
A bit of time in the oil fields I can see there is a market for container buildings and not just in accommodation and offices. One of the biggest problems I faced was related to health and making sure I got enough daily fruit and vegetables.
It got me thinking about the issues relating to large scale camps and improving diet. How many lost work days are caused by a weak immune system or other diet issues?
This is where I think trying to promote shipping container gardening would work well. For other areas maybe electricity is an issue as the energy used could be expensive. But in reality there is excess power due to by products from oil removal actually being used to run turbines so power isn’t a problem at all. Transportation is for getting goods to the remote locations and so is it generally in Oman as its a fairly dry hot country.
Shipping container food production however could actually give great rewards by reducing the amount of sick days people are likely to have but also improve peoples health and wellbeing. Will be pushing the idea forward as part of my recommendations before I leave the country for the Philippines.
Also there are issues of subsidence relating to the fact many structures are quite literally built on sand. Modular or container construction could also be a way round many of these issues as they are more robust but just as important can be moved when needed.
Work camps work well here and impressed with the rapid setup of structures. Setting a steel frame structure up then over cladding gives a clean living space which is also very strong and functional. Will drop some photos later as I need to get the camera from one of my work colleagues.