STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
With enormous growth potential in Asia Pacific, companies in the region such as Technip Malaysia are focussing ever more on building their staff and developing their technology to further increase the lead on the competition during this promising period. Jack Slater discusses this with COO Hallvard Hasselknippe.
Technip Kuala Lumpur is the leading engineering technology solutions and turnkey contracting provider in Asia Pacific for the design and construction of hydrocarbon field development, oil refining, gas processing, petrochemicals and selected non-hydrocarbon projects. Supported by powerful economies who have outlived the spasms of the global crunch the Asia Pacific region is in a state of rapid development. Buoyed by financial strength and the discovery of new oil and gas resources this region has become the literal Elderado and, a world leader in engineering and project management Technip Malaysia has an advantageous foothold on the region and a highly recognized history of over thirty years working in the region. Onshore, they develop engineering, technology, construction and project management for gas treatment and liquefaction (LNG), gas-to-liquid (GTL) and oil refining facilities, onshore pipelines. Their petrochemical industry recently diversified into biofuels, renewable energy and nonoil activities such as metals and mining. Offshore specialises in engineering and fabrication of fixed shallow water platforms, floating deep water platforms which include spar, semi-submersible, TLP, FPSO and floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units. Subsea, they design and manufacture pipework and fixtures between the underwater well and the topside which they also install having curtailed the production from initial start design through manufacture and construction to commissioning. Oil and gas development in deepsea locations is only possible thanks to continuous and ongoing development, particularly in areas that would not have been considered before. It is these niche positions where their business is rapidly expanding.
“Just under half of our global business is dedicated to the Subsea Division,” Hallvard explains, “It is not as developed in the Asia Pacific but there is a deep market, particularly in the deepwater fields of Indonesia and Malaysia. “We are in the tendering and construction phases in Australia such as the Ichthys and Gorgon gas fields off the north-west coast and are expecting deepwater projects off the coast of Brunei in the future.” It is believed that this region could become the biggest subsea market globally and therefore it requires a strategic development and building of people, assets and technology. Without a doubt one of the largest investments in recent years in this region as been the construction of the Asiaflex Products manufacturing plant at Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia. Production at the new facility is project oriented: flexible pipe and umbilicals can be designed and engineered for specific projects and manufactured to a high specification using processes that have been developed by Technip globally over the last 35 years. ©Technip
It used to be that the Asia Pacific region relied on imported products from the company’s other global manufacturing sites so it is an important development that the plant not only produces products for the local region, but exports them to Technip operations in Brazil, India and West Africa. November 2010 saw the official opening of the plant which sits alongside a new offshore logistics base that has become the hub of the region’s subsea operations. Taking up 20 hectares of waterfront with direct access to all the major shipping routes to Asia and the rest of the world, the site also houses a fabrication yard producing subsea structures and a dedicated quay equipped to accommodate and load most subsea construction vessels and barges. In December 2011, the acquisition of Global Industries, which is a Houston based subsea pipe laying company saw the increase to Technip Malaysia’s fleet of vessels from twenty to over thirty and brought on an additional 2300 people to the workforce. “We’re very excited about the merger,” Hallvard says.
“Global Industries has strong resources and expertise in Singapore and Batam, and one of the primary assets we will benefit from with the merger in this region is Global 1201, a newly built vessel with S-lay and heavy lift capabilities.” Preparation is one of the main objectives that must be addressed for the future of the Subsea Division. An increase of the trained workforce will need to be addressed even further if they are to keep up with the demand not only for their one-stop-shop services and products but also for the demands of the industry to produce trained and experienced individuals. “It’s too late to recruit when you have a job to start,” Hallvard explains, “You need to be able to forecast the requirements and predict the staffing needs so you can stay ahead.” Recruitment and training go hand in hand and includes identifying suitable skilled expats, taking on graduates and promoting people from within to make use of the pool of talent they already have developed. Major recruitment took place as the Asiaflex Products plant was completed. “Over 350 people are employed at the plant, after from a standing start. We recruited trainers, we sent people to gain experience from other plants and looked at setting the standard very high.” Thanks to the deep resources of oil and gas in the region the future for the industry is only going to increase and thanks to their preparation and the foundation they have been setting over the past three decades Technip Malaysia are perfectly placed to lead this industry.
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Technip Malaysia www.technip.com +33 1 47 78 24 00 Written by Jack Slater