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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  21 July 2015  

Fabrication yard offers opportunities to local businesses

THE Petroleum Brunei (PB) Services Fabrication Yard in Muara is expected to encourage more local businesses and workforce to be involved in the oil and gas industry.

The yard’s first project, a 1,172 tonne steel jacket for an offshore drilling platform operated by French oil company Total E&P Borneo BV (TEPB), was completed Monday by PTSC M&C, the service arm of oil and gas company PetroVietnam.

The Minister of Energy Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar is hoping that more such projects would be done at the new yard.

He said that there had been some initial apprehensions on the economic challenges of carrying the fabrication works in Brunei.

“The completion of this fabrication has shown what could be achieved through dedication and cooperation of all those involved throughout the whole chain of this project,” he said.

TEPB General Manager Yves Grosjean said the company is willing to use the yard again.

“Considering the way it was carried out, there is no problem for reusing the yard (for future projects),” he said.

It only took them 12 months to finish the fabrication of the jacket, and didn’t cause serious injury to any of the workers.

Grosjean said they had to overcome several problems constructing the jacket.

“The soil here at that time did not have a big capacity to support weight or load, so when you are talking about big equipment (the jacket) like this, more than 1,100 tonnes, you need to make sure that the soil can resist and support the (weight of) the structure,” he said.

PB had coordinated with with Total and another contractor to put in a lot of piles to stabilise the ground.

Hiring workers from different countries in ASEAN had also created a communication problem.

“For example, the highly skilled workers from Vietnam that came here do not speak English. We have had to organise communication teams and make sure there was no unnecessary hazard from this communication barrier,” he said.

When asked about future projects, Grosjean said the company is still identifying more places explore.

“We are not yet ready to drill exploration wells but we hope we will be ready soon. If we (are successful) then we will be building something else,” he said.

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