THHE seeks clarification on exclusion from future Petronas Carigali tenders

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 4): TH Heavy Engineering Bhd (THHE) said it is seeking clarification from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd on the exclusion of its 70%-owned THHE Fabricators Sdn Bhd (TFSB) from participating in future tenders by Petronas Carigali, for two years.

In a filing with the exchange, THHE said it received a fax from Petronas Carigali on April 1, in relation to TFSB’s ongoing contract execution performance for the procurement, construction and commissioning of KNPG-B Topside PH II, Kinabalu Non-Associated Gas (NAG) development project.

“The letter states that due to performance-related issues pertaining to the execution of the Kinabalu Project, TFSB will be excluded from participating in future Petronas Carigali tenders for a duration of two years,” said THHE.

The group said it will be taking appropriate measures to mitigate the matter, including appealing to Petronas Carigali, as the project has achieved 91% in terms of onshore construction completion.

“Due to the recent cut back in capex by oil majors, TFSB anticipates slower project tenderd pipeline in the near future. In addition, TFSB is not anticipating participation in Petronas Carigali tenders in the present year.

“The aforesaid exclusion of TFSB from participating in future Petronas Carigali’s tender is not expected to have any material impact on the full year 2016 financial results of the company,” it said.

The group added that any impact is further mitigated by its diversified revenue stream, which comprises onshore fabrication, fabrication of specialised equipment and offshore fabrication.

In a separate filing, THHE said that a story in The Edge weekly today, saying that it owed Drydocks World — where its floating production storage and offloading vessel Deep Producer 1 was being refurbished — some US$200 million, was inaccurate.

“To the best of the company’s knowledge, the company was not contacted by The Edge Malaysia and the company is not in a position to state [as to] where the author of the news story obtained such information,” it added in the filing.

Quoting industry sources, The Edge weekly reported that THHE is said to be facing financial difficulties, which have resulted in a delay in the refurbishment of the  Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).

To recap, THHE acquired the asset in July 2011 for US$82.5 million, with the group securing a charter for the vessel in 2014, when it was awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract by JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (M) Ltd.

The contract, which was worth US$372 million or RM1.2 billion when it was awarded, was for the supply and bareboat lease of an FPSO unit for charter at Layang oil and gas field in Block SK10, off the coast of Sarawak.

At 2014 exchange rates, the contract also had an additional potential contract value of up to RM1.46 billion, should Nippon Oil exercise the full extension option of up to 10 years.

THHE closed unchanged at 14 sen today, for a market capitalisation of RM156.95 million.