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Opus Offshore is complementing its strengths as a young, dynamic industry player with an international acquisition that puts the business in a prime position within the cyclic oil & gas sector Writer: Matthew Staff • Project Manager: Arron Rampling

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pus Offshore is on the brink of a major industry breakthrough as its four drill ships gear up for an inevitable rise in the oil & gas market over the next 18 months. Its four benchmark new-builds have been a signal of intent for the Company since its inception in 2011, with its Tiger 1 rig ready to enter the market this June and Tiger 2 having the finishing touches put to it in the dock also. Given the difficulties and challenges currently engulfing the oil sector at present, Opus is currently playing the same waiting game as many other market players in terms of attaining contracts for the new-builds, but the Company’s Vice President of Operations, Peter Burnett, is confident

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that once Tiger 1 is picked up and operational, a snowball effect will occur for future rig uptake to fall into place. “When we began building the ships the oil prices were very good and if they had remained as they were, we’d have had them contracted without any problems, but these slumps are very cyclic, and will come around again. “It has also played into our hands strangely because we have been able to build these a lot cheaper in China than we would have been able to in Korea or Singapore, so when the market does pick up, our operating and capital costs are lower too. “We’re ahead of the game in having four rigs ready, so all we need to do is get a contract for Tiger 1, show the market how well they are working and

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how efficient they are, and then other companies will have to play catchup, and Tigers 2, 3 and 4 will basically market themselves.”

Track record

Marketing isn’t always a simple task as a new player in the oil & gas industry, with most major oil companies looking for partners who have been active for at least three years, with a proven track record. One way to counteract this challenge is to form joint ventures with existing market players; something which Opus has consequently optimised via a new partnership with Norwegian company, Songa Offshore. The resultant Songa Opus Offshore Drilling venture is an amalgamation

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of Opus and Songa’s international division, in a move which is set to open a whole new set of doors for the former. “We purchased Songa International, giving us two older semi submersibles called the Songa Mercur and the Songa Venus, having heard of them through their work in Southeast Asia,” Burnett explains. “This gives us the Songa name attached to Opus, as well as a track record of seven years and a fantastic safety record and operational performance. “When we market ourselves now, we can fall back on their track record, and complement that with the great assets and people that we have here at Opus.” Songa’s reputation for its successful operations in different regions and harsher environments adds further strings to Opus’ bow, with enhanced sharing of knowledge also stemming from the relationship; all of which is set to be beneficial in marketing this enhanced offering to the wider industry.

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Songa Mercur

Therefore, a different management technique is required, in order to cope with such situations. MEM techniques are specifically designed to combat these issues. Course participants are trained to manage command, control, communication and stress in a rapid and structured response, sufficient to deal with the incident.

Simple is best

Finding a differentiator in such a fiercely competitive market is imperative, with a lot of rigs currently sitting and waiting to be activated, and a lot of companies behind those rigs desperate for a return on investment on their products. For Opus, these differentiators stem from the ability to be flexible and entrepreneurial in making quick decisions and skipping outdated

MEM training cannot be quantified during your normal day’s operations. Therefore, some companies neglect the importance of MEM training.

Songa Venus

When we market ourselves now, we can fall back on their track record, to go along with the great assets and people that we have here at Opus

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In the oil and gas industry, we are constantly exposed to high risk environments. Though extensive preventative measures had been put in place to reduce or eliminate the probability of unwanted incidents from occurring, when preventative measures fail and major incidents happen, stress levels can escalate rapidly, adversely affecting mental response.

It takes years to build a company’s reputation and track record regarding safety, down time, client satisfaction, technology innovation, personnel competency, environment protection etc. However, with one major incident, the reputation of the company and all prior achievements can be undone. To help overcome this possibility, we have training centres set up in UAE, Dubai, Egypt, Cairo, Indonesia, Batam and a new centre soon to be introduced in Vung Tau, Vietnam. T +65 9712 3442 F +65 6725 8438 E ice.lee@iceman.sg


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eaworld Marine Pte Ltd was founded in 2007, and has grown from 30 staff to over 150. Our expertise and experience is with marine and offshore piping, fabrication and installation. We provide quality services and the ability to finish projects on time, with a notable client base including shipyards such as PPL Shipyard, Sembawang Shipyard, ASL Marine and Shanghai Shipyard. Our diverse range of services includes piping systems, outfitting works, afloat voyage repairs, workshop fabrication and offshore installation works. We are holding WPS endorsed by ABS class and Seaworld Marine is equipped with qualifications which allow us to provide specialized services in offshore high pressure mud systems.

Operators using the purpose built simulator

practices to produce the most efficient rigs possible. “That’s the idea of our new drill ships; they are sixth generation drill ships but we can offer them at third or fourth generation prices,” Burnett notes. “We have equipment on board which is all sixth generation, including features which older rigs simply can’t do. “The efficiency of the equipment operating on these rigs is also far superior to older ones that we’re competing against price-wise.” Optimising efficiencies begins in the planning stage and its target regions of operation, ensuring that the rigs are not burning any unnecessary fuel, producing unnecessary emissions, and are moored to levels of deep water that each ship was tailored for. Burnett adds: “If you’re sitting in the ocean hundreds of miles from anywhere and you’ve got 5,000 feet of water below you and you’re using dynamic position systems to keep you in location, it takes a lot of complicated science and energy to maintain position, as well as a lot of costs. “We don’t have all that on board. We went for the conventional system

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US$2.2 million Amount invested in a purpose built simulator allowing operators to get hands-on experience before they work on the rig

If you’re sitting in the ocean hundreds of miles from anywhere and you’ve got a 10,000 feet of mooring equipment clinging to the sea bed to keep you in location, it takes a lot of science

Seaworld Marine is Bizsafe certified and equipped with ISO9001:2008 quality certification and OHSAS19001:2007 safety certification.

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hanghai Shipyard Co., Ltd, your sincere cooperative partner in shipbuilding and offshore engineering. • Subordinated to China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), with excellent facilities for new shipbuilding and offshore engineering • High safety and environmentally friendly, innovative and in pursuit of excellence • Successful delivery of seismic ships, semi-submersible rig, multi-purpose heavy lift vessels and various types of bulk carriers & container ships for worldwide owners • Under construct 5,000ft WD drillships, tender barges, AHTS’ and seismic ships • We are able to satisfy customs all over the world with integrated strength of R&D, design and manufacturing, highly commended by owners with constant explorations in high-efficiency and energy-saving projects


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www.seaworld.com.sg Hotline: (+65) 6265 3074

Our company specialized all kinds of piping system as follows: • Afloat and voyage repair work • Piping fabrication and installation work • Workshop fabrication job • Offshore repair work

Shanghai Shipyard is one of the three China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Offshore industry bases and distribute to more than 30 countries and regions all over the world. Our products include: seismic research vessel, drillship, tender barge, anchor handing tug supply vessel, multi-purpose heavy lift vessel, medium-sized container vessel, bulk carrier and other vessels.

No.1 Jianghai Road, Chongming County, Shanghai, China 202164 E: business@shanghaishipyard.cn F: 0086-21-69681111 www.shanghaishipyard.cn

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APS Offshore Services is fast becoming one of the best known companies within the offshore industry with its own team of Engineers, QCs and our very own subsea department. MAPS not only possess the whole suite of capabilities and expertise to take on turn-key projects, we also specialize in upgrading for rigs, all metal fabrication works, high pressure piping fabrication, LARS, accommodation upgrading and fabrication of diving systems. We have vast experience collaborating with numerous eminent offshore companies. Having built up our client base and project capabilities over the years, MAPS Offshore Services is set up with the sole vision of leading it to greater heights. T +65 6266 5727

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which is a very high powered, sixth generation mooring system which allows us to moor and sit there very comfortably regardless of the weather conditions. We also burn as little as 12 tonnes of fuel a day compared to as much as 50 tonnes on ultra-deep water rigs. “Ultimately, we always look to our motto, ‘simple is best’, meaning we run the systems that are simpler to run, with less costs involved and less emissions also.”

Cyclic industry

Over the first four years of Opus Offshore’s evolution the business has been able to rely on two consistent and core structural facets; its role as a subsidiary of the multibillion dollar Reignwood Group in China, and its use of the Shanghai Shipyard. Knowing the latter from previous roles within the industry, Burnett was confident that all aspects of the

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Ultimately, we always look to our motto, ‘simple is better’, meaning we run the systems that are simpler to run, with less costs involved and less emissions also

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orum Energy Technologies (FET) was formed in the summer of 2010 and with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe, coupled with extensive growth, we are going places none of us could have reached alone. As a global oilfield products company serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry our products and our legacy brands represent some of the best known in the business and include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas.


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MAPS Offshore Services Pte Ltd Email: arthur@mapsoffshore.com.sg www.mapsoffshore.com.sg Office number: +65 6266 5727 Fax number: +65 6266 5513

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• Upgrading work for rigs and DSV • Turnkey projects • Standard and high pressure pipe fabrication (4130 XXS) • Fabrication work for all metals • Accommodation upgrading • HVAC systems • Inspection on offshore drilling rigs • Oil & gas equipment sales & brokerage • Oil & gas merger & acquisitions within the marine industry

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Opus’ Tiger 1 rig is ready to enter the market

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Tiger 3 will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016

engineering and assembly process could be achieved from this Shanghai base, with the cost factor also more efficient than it would have been in either Korea or Singapore. Shanghai Shipyard also allows room for further innovation as has been seen through the recent introduction of a new simulator. Burnett notes: “We have all the experience working out of the shipyard, working with all the equipment that is needed on board, but what we have recently done is purchase a multi-million dollar simulator, built specifically for our drilling systems by guys who work with cyberspace simulators. This allows the worker to sit in an air conditioned room, and train on the simulator, before they go on to the rig.” Keeping a fixed eye on future technologies, trends and continuous improvements is another benefit that comes more easily to a company like

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In 12-18 months from now, demand will have picked up and I would hope that both Tiger 1 and Tiger 2 will be contracted. Tiger 3 will then be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016, with Tiger 4 following in early 2017

Opus, and with ongoing collaboration and discussion taking place with industry analysts around the world, the business is fully geared up to capitalise when the market becomes more favourable. Burnett concludes: “In 12-18 months from now, demand will have picked up and I would hope that both Tiger 1 and Tiger 2 will be contracted. Tiger 3 will then be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016, with Tiger 4 following in early 2017. “Our second phase is to build and operate some semi-submersibles, on which we have carried out pretty much all the engineering and just need investment to get these off the ground once Tigers 1 and 2 are working. “In the meantime, we await the industry to come back, which it will do. This is my fourth cycle and it’s not always fun during the lull, but it’ll come back around again and we are in a great position for when it does.”

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OPUS OFFSHORE PTE LTD 460 Alexandra Road #30-03, PSA Building Singapore 119963 T +65 6643 2000 F +65 6643 2020

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