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Opus Offshore Pte Ltd are building a new class of drilling rig that is already winning tenders worldwide Writer Matt Bone Project Manager Arron Ramping

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pus Offshore was formed in early 2011 as a result of Vern Westerhout and David Smallwood’s desire to build modern mid-water drill ships to service the substantial market in mid-deep water. A strategic alliance was formed with Shanghai Shipyard to jointly develop the design, finalise costing and agree construction schedules. Opus Offshore provided the equipment specifications. In September of 2011, contracts were signed for the construction of two vessels along with options for two more. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has a large project office within the Shanghai Shipyard complex. Both offices employ a multinational staff, all with many years of experience in the offshore drilling construction and operations business.

Eastern Build, Western design Peter Burnett, Operations Manager of Opus Offshore, has seen the company grow substantially since its beginning in 2011. “The company is built on a solid foundation of vastly experienced managers who have worked in the industry for many years, but because we are currently building our vessels in China, there is a degree of wariness from the international drilling community about standards of manufacturing and processes being applied during production. For us, this is just a hurdle that we can quickly overcome and we will prove just how reliable these vessels will be.” The Tiger Class vessels currently under construction will have a high specification 8 point mooring system and not the more complex DP systems that established oilfield construction companies in Korea & Singapore are building. Although this is a shift from the popular DP

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David Smallwood, Vice President, Technical

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he Franklin Offshore Group is a leading integrated provider of quality rigging and mooring equipment and services primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Singapore, operations are strategically located worldwide to provide its customers with the fastest, most efficient and most economical service possible. The Group’s geographical footprint, which also includes Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Qatar, the United States of America and the Netherlands, enables it to provide specific regional infrastructure and personnel support, forming an integrated Franklin Offshore global network.

configuration, Burnett is confident that now that the mooring system technology has advanced and will be up to the rigours of deep water drilling and activities: “Our vessels currently being constructed in the shipyard in China have been designed and project managed by our team of 65 engineers and inspectors. They have been putting western build techniques into practice and working them into a new design of rig. The Tiger Class vessels will be big enough to meet operational standards but small enough to offer versatility and different applications when required,” clarifies Burnett.

The Group has an experienced and dedicated workforce and a corporate culture that is solidly based on the principles of professionalism, innovation and service. It manufactures excellent products and provides a full spectrum of valueadded services. Such products or services developed by the Group are branded with the “FRANKLIN” name.

The company is built on a solid foundation of vastly experienced managers who have worked in the industry for many years”

Franklin Offshore has been supporting OPUS Tiger Drillships since the very beginning in providing mooring system analysis, design and engineering services and subsequently in supplying the mooring equipment package including anchors, chasers, anchor wires and installation services. Supported by well-trained and competent professionals, Franklin Offshore believes that its unique blend of capabilities, skills and extensive experience are unparalleled in the industry.

Marketing the Brand When you start up a company in a highly competitive market, such as offshore drilling, there are two approaches you can take to getting your name known: aggressive and

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soft. Both have their own merits and their own drawbacks. Aggressive marketing can take competitors by surprise and garner instant business across multiple mediums, but cost a lot of money upfront, whereas a soft approach can win customers over a longer period of time and be generally more cost effective but slower to gain profit. Opus Offshore went for the softer marketing campaign in order to allow them sufficient time to have their vessels ready for operations and because the company felt that they wanted a friendlier, more approachable feel for the company. “We wanted to work on a softer marketing campaign for the company for three reasons: Firstly, we needed time to ensure our vessels met specifications and were ready for operations. Secondly, we felt that marketing ourselves as the cost effective but equally qualified alternative to big companies was a key strategy and one that would work well. Finally, we wanted to use tried and tested marketing to propel the company forward. This was achieved via industry research and recording consumer feedback from ad campaigns,” explains Burnett.

a Tender invitation

A soft approach to marketing has paid great dividends for Opus in recent months, as they have been invited by several globally recognised brands to tender for a variety of projects across Asia, Africa and Europe. These invitations are a sure fire sign that Opus is moving in the right direction and building up a strong reputation in the market. One key reason Burnett believes has really helped put the Opus name on the board is due to the cost efficient and highly competitive nature of the company. By building their own drilling ships in China and not having to purchase them from elsewhere, Opus can tender for a project at a much lower price and still remain well within operating budgets. “As we are currently building all 4 of our drilling vessels in China, the costs involved are generally lower, which means we can bid for a contract at a lower cost. However, our build quality has not been affected. We have ensured the vessels are of internationally defined quality and will pass any and all inspections and certifications required,” reasons Burnett.

Vern Westerhout, CEO

Peter Burnett, Operations Manager

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akEr SOLUTiONS drilling Technologies Aker Solutions is a global supplier of drilling equipment and solutions for the high-efficiency drilling market. With industry-leading performance and safety records for more than 40 years, our state-of-the-art products, systems and services make us a preferred partner. Aker Solutions delivers a wide range of drilling products, including top drives, handling equipment for blow-out preventers and drill pipe, compensators and tensioners, drill floor equipment, drilling risers, hydraulic power units, mud pumps and drilling simulators. Our strength is engineering and integration of complete drilling packages. Lifecycle services are an essential part of our offerings. We have a strong global presence through our regional hubs in Asia, Europe, North America, Brazil, the Middle East and the Caspian region. Project, sales and service organizations are located close to the markets and customers, typically oil companies, rig owners and construction yards.

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Aker Solutions is a global provider of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Our engineering, design and technology bring discoveries into production and maximize recovery from each petroleum field. We deliver drilling equipment, systems and lifecycle services for onshore and offshore drilling units. Today, more than 500 floaters, jackups and fixed installations operate in the market with our equipment. Seventy of those are complete topside drilling package deliveries.

We offer drilling lifecycle services to all drilling equipment and system customers around the world. Present in Brazil, Norway, Singapore, South Korea and the US, we are strategically located close to our customers.

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Supplying Our Shipyard

Opus Offshore’s Chinese shipyard has become a hub of activity over the last 12 months. Building the Tiger Class vessels has become a turnkey project for the company. With the ships requiring a variety of machinery and equipment, suppliers have been sought out from near and far. Opus has utilised both local and international companies to help bring in the required materials on time and on budget. “Two of the most important aspects to look for when we purchase products from our suppliers is quality and deliverability. Cost does play a part but when you want the best quality items and need them to be available for a tender, prices will always rise. We have identified the best suppliers globally to work with and are currently working with local companies to facilitate other supply requisites,” cites Burnett.

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Premier Sea & Land Pte. Ltd

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remier Sea and Land Pte. Ltd has been active in the oil and gas industry in South East Asia since 1993. With a sales office, a warehouse and service facility in Singapore, the primary business of the company is oil field equipment sales, service and rental. In July 2011, MTQ Corporation acquired Premier Sea and Land Pte Ltd and PEMAC Pte Ltd thus combining the API Accredited facilities of MTQ Engineering with the current facilities of Premier allowing Premier to offer complete manufacturing, repair and refurbishment services to the oil industry. Through our association with Opus Offshore, Premier have supplied the Drillstring, Handling Tools, Fishing Tools, Drillstring Valves and Various Drilling Tools to the Opus Tiger Drill Ship project. Tel (+65) 6543 1433 Email info@mtqpremier.com.sg

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Future Success

We are very well positioned to work on the tenders that we are currently bidding for without worrying about what the competition is doing. Global companies may look to work with us due to our vessels offering very unique capabilities”

With the vessel Tiger 1 nearing completion and being invited to participate in several key tenders, the future for Opus Offshore is looking very bright indeed. In a market that is dominated by a few large companies, Opus face strong competition to compete in the industry, but Burnett is not fazed by this: “We are very well positioned to work on the tenders that we are currently bidding for without worrying about what the competition is doing. Global companies may look to work with us as our vessels offer very unique capabilities. We have vast, industry relevant expertise and knowledge in all aspects of our business, from the CEO down to our engineers and ship builders and we implement this in all our projects.” www.opusoffshore.com

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Emerson Process Management

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merson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Bettis™, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™ and AMS Suite.

Tel +86 21 2892 9000 Email China.info@AP.EmersonProcess.com

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