by Ernie B. Calucag
Representatives from ROS, JTC, and SPRING Singapore at the groundbreaking ceremony of ROS’ new facility at JTC’s Offshore Marine Centre in Tuas
Rotating Offshore Solutions (ROS) held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility on a 2-hectare site at JTC’s Offshore Marine Centre (OMC) last March 7. The new S$25-million facility, located at Tuas South Avenue 8, will comprise a 4-storey office-cum-warehouse building with waterfront access.
With a total floor area of 27,000 square feet, the new facility will house both the ROS Engineering Centre and the ROS Entrepreneurship Centre. The ROS Engineering Centre will spearhead the development of cutting edge engineering solutions for the offshore oil and gas sector while the ROS Entrepreneurship Centre will be an incubation centre that provides a conducive environment for oil and gas entrepreneurs.
The group’s waterfront development will also include a fabrication area that comprises three sheltered yards spanning approximately 42,000 sq ft, and an open yard, spanning approximately 150,000 sq ft.
ROS said the fabrication area is designed to achieve a smooth work flow and high safety standards. With the installation of a semi-automated fabrication equipment, it will shorten production lead time and enhance consistency in product quality.
The group added that its new facility will enable it to pursue new growth opportunities. One new area that ROS will be venturing into is the design, engineering and fabrication of the entire topside package on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform, which comprises 20 or more different modules that facilitate the processing of oil and gas sourced from offshore oil wells.
“In order to pursue new growth opportunities, we had to look for a waterfront yard that can enable a quick start-up with low upfront capital commitment. The OMC came as a natural choice for us as there is a common waterfront and berthing services facility, which makes the OMC an efficient plug-and-play infrastructure that allows our operations to start with minimal delay,” said Victor Lim, ROS Group Chief Executive Officer.
“We are delighted to have ROS, a homegrown SME, at the OMC. We developed the OMC to help optimise the use of our limited waterfront land and to enhance the competitiveness of the industry. Besides the quick start up, companies can enjoy reduced capital costs and lower operating costs because of the shared facilities at the OMC,” said Manohar Khiatani, JTC’s Chief Executive Officer, who was the guest-of-honour at the groundbreaking.
The OMC occupies 13 hectares of land and is an infrastructure innovation conceived and developed by JTC to overcome Singapore’s scarce waterfront resources and to tap into new growth opportunities in the offshore and marine industry.
The development is equipped with multi-user facilities including a common waterfront and berthing services facility for marine & offshore companies.