Chief Executive Officer of Sapura Drilling Raphael Siri delivering his opening remarks at the ceremony. Image: Faza Suraj

Sapura Pelaut, a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig, recently marked its 25 years of operations in Brunei, celebrating success with 60 million-man hours injury-free, thanks to its competent 80 per cent local workforce.

The asset is operated by Sapura Drilling, a subsidiary of the international upstream oil and gas solutions provider Sapura Energy which company has a long and close collaboration with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).

Through the partnership, Sapura Pelaut has recorded one of the longest safety-runs in the industry with injury-free operations for over 13 years and won nine Shell Rig of the Year awards.

Chief Executive Officer of Sapura Drilling Raphael Siri (R) accompanying BSP Deputy Managing Director / Technical Director Yap Kong Fah during a tour through the exhibition which highlights Sapura Pelaut’s milestones. Image: Faza Suraj

Chief Executive Officer of Sapura Drilling Raphael Siri said that the company is keen to continue serve Brunei and grow in the long run.

“We want to continue explore how we can build on this success, continue to tap on local competencies with our people but also suppliers and the possibility of local partnership to grow our business in the country,” he said.

Since acquiring the business from another drilling contractor in 2013, the company’s clear strategy for local empowerment has increased local hires from 30 per cent to 80 per cent.

Pelaut has been one of the most reliable rigs for BSP, serving almost 180 wells and that the company has applied many technologies during its tenure with BSP.

Chief Executive Officer of Sapura Drilling Raphael Siri (R) with BSP Deputy Managing Director / Technical Director Yap Kong Fah during a tour through the exhibition which highlights Sapura Pelaut’s milestones. Image: Faza Suraj

“The credit definitely goes to our people on the front line as well as all working in support functions to achieve these incredible milestones. Of course, the partnership approach of our client BSP is also key to such results which speaks for themselves,” said Siri.

Moreover, apart from the Pelaut, the company has added a new asset in Brunei last year namely, the Sapura Alliance that caters for lightweight drilling.

“It came to our realisation that we saw the need for lighter drilling and the subject has been talked about for 5 to 7 years and so we sat down with BSP and designed the drilling asset. So, we have two rigs that are not doing the same work,” added Siri.

Chief Executive Officer of Sapura Drilling Raphael Siri (C) with Sapura Drilling’s Director of Drilling Operations in Brunei Norzaidi Zahidin (L) and Sapura Drilling’s Health, Safety and Environment Manager Zainulariffin Kamis in a press conference. Image: Faza Suraj

Currently, Sapura Drilling has a total of 190 staff in Brunei where majority of the workforce are based offshore.

The international rig owner and operator has a headquarter in Malaysia with operations across Asia, Africa and America, employing over 10,000 people.

Present at the ceremony held at Indera Kayangan Ballroom of The Empire Hotel & Country Club was BSP Deputy Managing Director / Technical Director Yap Kong Fah as well as the officers and staff of both companies.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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