Drilling down: Marcus Chew

March 11th, 2019

Energy Drilling CEO, Marcus Chew, in his recent interview with the CEO Magazine.

“You don’t achieve a world-class operation without dedicated workers – they define us as a company.”

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This article was originally published in February 2019, March Asia Edition of
CEO Magazine, and is protected by copyright.


People Focused - CEO interview with Drilling Contractor

September 16th, 2018

Our CEO, Marcus Chew, recently attended the 2018 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition held in Bangkok Thailand.

Speaking at the conference, Marcus touched on employees' competency and increasing their skill sets. With him at the Executive Plenary Session were senior representatives from leading oil companies, service providers and drilling contractors, Chevron Asia, PTTEP, Sapura Energy, Shelf Drilling & Weatherford .

Watch Marcus' interview with Linda Hsieh, DC Managing Editor, as he talks about taking employee's traning out to the rig site, how the industry can deal with the oversupply of rigs and lessons learned from ultra-efficient drilling operations in the Gulf of Thailand.

Reshaping for a Smart and Sustainable Future - focus in this year's IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition

Marcus Chew speaking with Linda Hsieh - DC Managing Editor

This video interview was originally published on the 13th of September 2019 of Drilling Contractor, and is protected by copyright.

Stranded & Saved at sea!

July 09th, 2018

12 fishermen have been dramatically rescued off the stormy Andaman sea after their fishing boat capsized.

Last fateful weekend, a fishing boat capsized and left her crew of 12 stranded for 5 days at sea. A joint effort by Energy Drilling, our client, PTTEPI and local authorities provided safe passage and refuge to the stranded crew.

Brad Dewis, OIM, together with Graeme Bain, Rig Manager, extended full support throughout the entire ordeal. The fishermen were well looked after onboard EDrill-2. This reaffirmed that our commitment to safety, one of our core values, is well integrated within our ranks.

Below is a snippet of an account from one of the crew, translated by Maung Thein Shwe, EDrill-2's Rig Translator.

They said,”Our livelihoods depend on fishing, we all are fishermen. Unfortunately, our wooden fishing boat was effected by strong wind and it sunk into the bottom of the sea.

Luckily, we had a small rowing boat and that was the only one remaining for our survival and escape. We have been floating in water for 5 days.

Finally, from a distance, we saw a platform and although at a time when we were all exhausted, almost dying from exhaustion, hunger and thirst, we made a collective decision that the only thing that we had to do was "we would have to sail to reach there’’. However, strong wind and tide delayed us and it took a day before we were anywhere near rig EDrill-2.

We received a lot of assistance from rig EDrill-2, under the collaboration of her crew which was done safely and systematically.

Every single crew member onboard treated us very warmly, gave us food, clothing, shoes, cigarettes and money. We are also thankful for the transportation arranged for us to go back home safely. When we were transferred to a supply boat to be sent back onshore, supervisors on EDrill-2 were keeping communication with us.

We would not have any chance of survival if this rig didn’t save us. We are sure that we will die and not survive from this perilous condition.

Now, with the care of this rig’s supervisors, they did not only save our lives but also our families that we left behind.

So we do thank everyone involved, again and again, and really appreciate for the help and the medical treatment received for our injured crew.

We will be praying for you and may your project be successful. This act of kindness will be forever remembered in our lives.”

Group photo with the survivors and EDrill-2's Translator, JD

Brad Dewis, OIM, handing out a token to remember us by, to one of the crew, after a safety debrief.

Jonathan Haire, materialsman, followed suit, with MOGE's rep. smiling & witnessing in the background

Safely home!

In the Hot Seat

May 28th, 2018

What happens when Rig Managers fall sick, go for a short family vacation, or have to attend a course?

Here at Energy Drilling, we encourage OIMs to step up and sit in the 'hot seat' to manage the daily operations.

At Energy Drilling also, we strongly believe in succession plans which include internal promotions. Not only will this short stint catapult them to a more extensive side of managing operations both onshore and offshore, it also exposes them to the corporate side of management and dealing directly with clients.

Just recently, OIMs Chad Bartlett and Bradley Dewis were at Bangkok and Yangon offices respectively taking the lead for EDrill-1 and EDrill-2.

Here's Chad in his off time at BKK office, and already planning the next chemistry set to work on with his daughters, before setting off to a morning meeting with the client

Below we have Brad in downtown Yangon filling in for Graeme, looking forward to a day of meetings with the client

1 Year LTI free for Rig EDrill-2

October 12th, 2017

Just a month after commemorating rig EDrill-1's LTI-free operations, we're delighted to announce too that our rig EDrill-2 in Myanmar, has reached a remarkable milestone of 1 year without LTI.

The CEO, Marcus Chew, went to the rig on 25th October to mark the 1 year LTI-Free operations and has this to say to the crew:-
"My personal heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the supervisors and crew of EDrill-2 for achieving this important milestone.
While we take time to celebrate our successes,
we must also acknowledge all our lapses. Safety must remain our TOP priority until it becomes part of our organisation’s DNA."

"Congratulations! This must be an exceptional safe culture considering there are approx. 150 POB most of the time to handle complex operations; both Drilling and Sand Control Completions along with SIMOPS operation for early production including yearly new local crew rotation"
Message from SVP Well Operations Division, Pasuk Eagark, PTTEP

"Congratulations EDrill-2 team for 1 year without LTI operation! This safety milestone could not have been achieved without team effort.
Never Give Safety A Day Off"
Message from GM, Myanmar Well Operations, Kamolchai Pattanapong, PTTEPI

Rig EDrill-2 group shot with crew, management team from both Energy Drilling and PTTEPI & 3rd party Contractors