Leading The Way

The ultra-deepwater drillship that holds the new water depth drilling record.

State-of-the-art drillships and newbuilds.

Second to none training center.

Our most nationalized group working in over nine countries.

Training and career growth opportunities unique in the industry.

These are just a few of the strengths of Transocean’s largest operating region, Asia, Pacific Australasia (APA). Our people capitalize on each opportunity they have to stand out in the industry – and it’s recognized by our customers.

The team is supported by heavily-regionalized, experienced leaders who manage a diverse fleet. Competent crews who run the rigs, receive top-notch training at the Kuala Lumpur Training Center and offshore by instructors. The performance, executed by our crews and safely upheld throughout our operations, reinforces positive customer relationships and provides a better opportunity for being awarded new contracts.


Meet Sanjaya Sood

Before diving into this team and its success, it’s important to understand who “Leads the Way.” Sanjaya Sood, Vice President, APA, joined Transocean on January 19, 2011 as Division Managing Director, India and Middle East (IME), with 30 years of experience in the oilfield services.

“Before I officially accepted my position, I was able to meet the team I would be working with,” said Sanjaya. “I immediately fell in love with the team and was sold on the job in Mumbai.”

Sanjaya wasn’t necessarily looking for a change, but he couldn’t resist the team-driven atmosphere and morale he knew he could continue to influence and be a part of.

Throughout Sanjaya’s experience in the oil industry, he worked with numerous customers from large national oil companies, to mid-region companies. His expertise in the industry and key relationships he has established along the way have helped Sanjaya excel in his role with Transocean and most importantly, helped improve operations and customer relations in the region.

“My job is to run a drilling operation, generate backlog and make sure I’m making money for the company,” Sanjaya explained.

His leadership style relies on the trust he instills in his team. “I trust my people. We are all committed to do our jobs to the best of our ability and Transocean gives us the resources to do so,”

His approach allows his employees to take the initiative to make a difference and get the job done. Sanjaya’s business and technical knowledge continue to guide everyone towards achieving our company vision of delivering outstanding value.

“I’ve always believed in the saying, ‘what got you here won’t get you there,’ which means we have to learn to adapt to a new environment, a new team and we have to work together to embrace change,” Sanjaya said. “I often use the ‘row the boat’ metaphor to encourage my team. We have to row together; if we don’t there is someone slacking and someone else making up the work. Our consistent teamwork is a key ingredient for our success.”

The teamwork Sanjaya alluded to has guided the team to navigate various changes, serving all types of customers in existing and frontier areas and on all types of offshore drilling projects, while maintaining fleet performance. Year-to-date, the APA Unit has achieved a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) of .42, which is well below the 2013 goal of .73.

Sanjaya oversees operations for 32 rigs in India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. His team is strategically organized to support the large geographical area while adding newbuild premium jackups in Thailand and pursuing potential drilling programs in other countries, such as New Zealand and Myanmar.


Asia, Pacific, Australasia Region Fleet Performance


With so many facets of the offshore drilling business taking place across so many countries, it is vital to remain focused on Transocean’s vision, goals and core values.

“We are consistent in the vision and goals we strive for every day. This influences how we do our work, with safety always at the forefront of everything we do,” said Vincent Berthou, Director, APA East Operations.

The Deepwater Frontier (DWF) is a prime example of how the company vision guides performance. While the ultra-deepwater drillship was in India, management focused on operational challenges to mitigate future issues. During this time, the crew was coached to better serve DWF customers.

A couple of months later, the rig moved to Australia where it now works for ExxonMobil and often receives recognition (see pages 5-6). The rig was also selected to be a part of Chevron’s Gorgon project, a natural gas USD $75 billion project and the largest single resource in Australia’s history. The efforts of Transocean and the whole drill team, from management to rig floor, are reflected in the DWF’s performance with a 100% utilization and TRIR in 2012 of .48.

So, it was gratifying that the DWF along with the ExxonMobil Jansz-Io drilling team were recognized this past February as “the best performing teams in the Gorgon Project.” As an ExxonMobil vice president said in a note, “Please pass along my thanks to all of your staff and contractors for their outstanding commitment to a hurt-free and spill-free working environment.” The DWF also reached a milestone of three years LTI-free on December 23, 2012.

Recognition can come in many forms. The ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 (KG1) made recent headlines as it set a new world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,385 feet of water (3,165 meters) while working for ONGC off the East coast of India. This milestone surpassed Transocean’s prior world record of 10,194 feet of water (3,107 meters) set by the Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 (KG2 in 2011 while working for Reliance in India.


Delivering Outstanding Value to our Customers

A unique aspect of the Asia region is the diverse customer base. Given the large geographical spread of nine countries, customers have different demands, requests and cultures and how we adapt to and meet their needs helps set us apart from the competition.

“Everyone wants flawless execution and since the cost of doing business, especially in Australia, is so high, any and all delays prove to have a high impact to budgets,” explained Paul King, Manager, Marketing. “Customers in Australia, like Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Hess, Shell, etc. all have a multinational presence, which makes their budgets and demands very different from independents like Origin and Santos. We maintain our ‘can do’ attitude and show that we want to develop a partnership in executing their well programs.”

For example, the Discoverer Seven Seas (DSS), a high-specification, deepwater drillship continues to exceed customer expectations, using almost 40 years of experience. During its time with customer ENI off the coast of Indonesia, the DSS crew completed a seven-month, three-well campaign with a customer service quality assessment (SQA) of 90.3%. As Nicholas Fournier, Director, Human Resources, explained, “We are placing our rigs in very challenging frontier locations and are not afraid of these types of challenges. The DSS is a good example of this, where within a year the rig went from Indonesia Makassar Strait to offshore Sri Lanka and is now going to the outskirts of Indonesia on the Arufea Sea.”

“We have the horsepower of our organization in terms of technical support, engineering support, etc. that is incomparable. When we pull all those resources behind us, it gives us the ability to interact with the customer in ways our competition cannot.”

— Shane Livergood, Technical Manager, APA Unit

The APA Marketing Department saw an opportunity to better serve our local customers in Australia, so a marketing position was created in Perth. Paul King moved to the Perth office to work closely with our customers in the region with quick response times and a focus on continuous improvement. This move allowed the sector manager to focus on operations and Paul on business development. Our customer relationships are stronger than ever in the region and it is evident through feedback we receive (see customer notes on page four) as well as signed contracts with ConocoPhillips on the Transocean Legend and Santos on the Jack Bates.

The relationships fostered with customers are reinforced by the performance of our rig crews. “I believe we go beyond what the standard drilling contractor provides,” said Shane Livergood, Technical Manager, APA East Unit. “We have the horsepower of our organization in terms of technical support, engineering support, and so on, that is incomparable. When we pull all those resources behind us, it gives us the ability to interact with the customer in ways our competition cannot.”

Paul added, “Besides the assets we put forth for our customers consideration, the differentiating factor is what’s behind the Transocean name: the rigs only work because we have our people, our greatest asset.”


Competency-Driven Training and Development

A component that allows Transocean to not only stand out in the region but in the industry, are our training centers. The training center in Kuala Lumpur provides high-technology equipment, passionate, knowledgeable instructors and training opportunities even our customers seek to be a part of. As of now, 99% of the training classes are for Transocean employees and a few times a year, PETRONAS, a Malaysia-based oil and gas company, sends an exclusive group for two-week training.

Evan McLaughlin, Manager for the Kuala Lumpur Training Center, explained what makes our training services such a benefit to the industry, noting: “Since we opened in October 2011, we’ve striven to be a training and competency center as opposed to just training.”

Five instructors teach over 20 different courses and the in-house training is followed-up by four offshore assessors on the rig. Transocean instructors have years of offshore experience that allows them to train people from a more in-depth view. Certain On the Job Training (OJT) programs are required on vessels in our fleet. The OJT modules are the first part of our competency system. They include sections where a worker must demonstrate capability to complete a list of competencies which are witnessed and signed off by a supervisor. The equipment includes a crane simulator, conventional drilling simulator and well-control simulator. A new DS-600 cyber chair drilling simulator will be installed in May and is an added advantage to our trainees.

“Before we opened up here, there was no training center presence. The level of sophistication and standards here compared to the local industry are now superior by a long shot.”

— Rob St. Ledger, Kuala Lumpur Instructor

“The highest technical training we offer are those courses which involve the simulators. The truly immersive environment and depth of realism within the simulations provide a level of training that is not possible while on the job offshore. The controlled environment in the simulators allows us to create scenarios which challenge the students’ knowledge, skill, problem solving and reaction to stressful situations,” Evan explained.

All Transocean training centers uphold the same standards and best practices and each have their own set of challenges and ways to overcome them. As for the Kuala Lumpur Training Center, again, the large geographical spread poses the biggest challenges. Evan and his instructors customize training to accommodate students’ varying demands.

“We know that we have the best training center in Malaysia. We are all committed to provide excellence at every level,” said Rob St. Ledger, an Instructor at the training center and former OIM. “Before we opened up here, there was no training center presence. The level of sophistication and standards here compared to the local industry are now superior by a long shot.”

The strategy behind opening up the Kuala Lumpur Training Center was to exceed the current training demand and create accessibility to support what are currently seven newbuild rigs in nearby Singapore and Korea. Typical attendees are from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Australia. Since it is a global training center, Transocean employees from all over the world are welcome. The training center is one of Transocean’s four global training centers. The other three are in Aberdeen, U.K., Houston, U.S., and Macae, Brazil.


Investing in the future

Given the high-mobility of the rigs, many employees have had the opportunity to move around Asia and progress in their careers both on and offshore. Recruiting efforts focus on people who are deeply familiar with local cultures and since the Asia region operations are highly nationalized, it is easy to incorporate these cultures into the workforce.

With the seven newbuilds on the horizon, recruiting efforts have heavily increased and transitions to support the premium jackups as well as future drillship opportunities are underway. Since newbuilds are typically staffed with tenured employees to help launch operations, the positions they leave become open, creating opportunities for movement. The training that takes place to groom employees in various levels is one way the unit develops our employees. The other is recruiting efforts that begin with college students.

“In 2011, 10 college engineers in India were recruited for a drilling hierarchy program that would train them in positions from roustabout and offshore positions to rig manager support and onshore responsibilities. It’s a structured program that spans over a few years,” said Sanjaya.

“This program is unique to the unit,” he added. “We have the opportunity to groom our employees in multiples roles and use the training center here to invest.”

Transocean’s Management Advancement Program also receives a lot of traction with employees in the unit.

“Any opportunity we have to teach and train our employees, we take advantage of it. Some of my direct reports are great examples of how working hard in one role opens up doors for future positions,” said Sanjaya

Melissa Clare, Director, APA Unit Marketing, has worked her way up in the company since she joined 15 years ago as a drilling engineer / roustabout, to various management positions on the ADTI Graduate Development Program. When an employee exceeds expectations, especially with regards to our company FIRST Core Values, Sanjaya makes sure his team is recognized appropriately. Take for instance Krishna Singhania, General Manager, APA West. Before he was promoted to his new role, Krishna was awarded the FIRST Excellence award for his stand-out performance in 2011 as Division Marketing Manager for the India and Middle East Division. Krishna lead a successful marketing division team, securing $1.8 billion backlog in 2011 and additional backlog of $660m in 2012; including contracts with Saudi Aramco and ONGC.

Employees are encouraged to move around and experience different positions in different locations. Sanjaya and his team see the APA Unit as a prime location to learn the business.

“You get to experience a broad customer base, aboard rigs in locations with different cultures. The learning curve alone is an exciting challenge and our unique footprint in the industry makes us a rewarding team to be a part of.”

On top of that, the oil and gas outlook remains bright.

“Indonesia is ramping up, major projects are happening in Australia and we offer great platforms for career growth and activity,” Sanjaya said about the future of the Asia region operations. “I am wonderfully optimistic.”

 Here’s a sampling of some of the many firsts we’ve achieved in the Asia, Pacific, Australasia region.INDONESIA:
First significant Indonesian offshore discovery – E.W. Thornton for Sinclair in 1968
First deepwater wildcat in the Far East – Deepwater Navigator (formerly Sedco 445) in 1,155 feet of water, in the South Java Sea in 1972First well in more than 2,000 feet of water – Deepwater Navigator, North Aceh Jau #1 in 1986First well in more than 4,000 feet of water – Jack Bates, Java Sea – Bayu Laut Dalam #1 in 1994Southeast Asia water depth drilling record: 6, 722 feet of water by Sedco 601 for Unocal in 2000MALAYSIA:
First Malaysian well constructed by a semisubmersible – Sedco 135-A in 1966
First semisubmersible to operate in Surface BOP mode – Sedco 135-A in late 1960’s for Shell Borneo First jacket installation with a jackup in West Malaysia – Harvey H. Ward in January 1991 for TalismanGreatest well horizontal/TVD ratio, longest 13-3/8-inch casing in well greater than 80 degrees vertical deviation – W.D. Kent in 2002 

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