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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Topaz News

Topaz Completes Milestone of Vopak Project

Topaz Energy and Marine Ltd. through its subsidiary Nico International, part of the newly established Topaz Engineering division has successfully completed the first milestone activity of a project for Vopak Horizon Ltd., Fujairah. The project was awarded to Nico by Interbeton (currently being rebranded as BAM International), Abu Dhabi in November last year for the design, fabrication & installation of offshore trestles and pipes. The project is due for completion in December 2009.

Topaz Secures another West Africa Contract

The Topaz Faye

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the $11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further strengthens Topaz’s $1.2 billion contract backlog.

Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz-faye DP2 platform

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further strengthens Topaz’s US$ 1.2 billion contract backlog.

Topaz Expansion to West Africa

Topaz Energy and Marine (‘Topaz’), a leading oilfield services group, has secured a two vessel contract offshore Nigeria for the duration of 2011. The award constitutes a new market entry for Topaz in the strategically important and buoyant West African offshore sector. Topaz has mobilised two Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTSV), Topaz Johor and Topaz Jurong, for an eight month contract to support operations in the Atlas, Mira and Brittania fields, offshore Nigeria, on behalf of AXXIS Petroconsultants Ltd.

Fourth Vessel Joins Topaz Energy ERRV Fleet

Topaz Responder

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has bolstered its Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel (ERRV) fleet with the addition of a new vessel, Topaz Responder. The newly-built, state-of-the-art Topaz Responder will primarily provide safety support to offshore installations but is versatile enough to also provide general offshore support services. Constructed to the highest standards, the vessel was built in the ship building yard by Topaz Energy and Marine’s sister company, Topaz Engineering, in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.

Topaz Wins New Charters, Acquires Two AHTS

Topaz signs over $65 million of new charters and announces the acquisition of two AHTS. Renaissance subsidiary, Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”), a UAE-based oil field services company, has been awarded two new long term charters, totalling over $65 million, in the GCC and the Caspian Sea, two of the company’s major operating areas. It also confirms the acquisition of Topaz Rayyan and Caspian Reliance, two Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS). Topaz Rayyan, will be deployed in Qatar on a seven-year, $50 million charter, for an international oil company (“IOC”). The vessel was built in 2006 and was previously owned by Sanko Steamship Co Ltd in Japan. The second AHTS, Caspian Reliance, is to be deployed in the Caspian Sea with a firm contract value of $13.9 million.

Topaz Expands Caspian Presence

Caspian Provider, a 6,300 BHP platform supply vessel operating in Topaz’s Caspian fleet

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel owner with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced that it has secured new multi-year charters in the Russian Filanovsky project for nine of its offshore support vessels amounting to approximately $20 million. The vessels have been deployed to offshore contractor Saipem and will support the development of the Filanovsky oil and gas field in the Northern Caspian Sea. The vessels will provide anchor-handling and tug services as well as transport of supplies and personnel.

Topaz Announces Leadership Changes

Jay Daga has been named Chief Financial Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine, an international offshore support vessel owner with operations in the Middle East, Caspian and West Africa. Daga will take his position with immediate effect, having been with Topaz for 15 years in a number of finance positions, most recently as Deputy CFO. Topaz noted that Daga led its two latest capital raising initiatives being the company’s $350 million corporate bond issue in 2013 and its recent $75 million equity injection by Standard Chartered Private Equity. Topaz also confirmed the departure of Chief Operating Officer, Roy Donaldson, who joined Topaz in 2005. Geoff Taylor will act as interim COO while the search for a successor is underway.

Topaz Appoints Bayliss as COO

Topaz Energy and Marine announced the appointment of Bill Bayliss as the Chief Operating Officer of Topaz Engineering, the company’s engineering division. Bayliss has been appointed COO of Topaz Engineering, effective immediately. He replaces the outgoing COO Jim Masterton who remains with the company in an advisory capacity. A 20 year veteran of the oil & gas industry, Bayliss has had a successful career with industry names such as KBR and Petrofac. He has joined Topaz to head the engineering division that encompasses fabrication and construction, marine repair, ship building and maintenance services. At the helm of Topaz Engineering, Bayliss will lead a team of more than 5,000 highly qualified staff, spread all over the Middle East and the Caspian Region.

Topaz Acquires MSV

Topaz Marine recently confirmed the acquisition of the Multipurpose Support Vessel (MPSV) Ocean Commander in . The vessel has been renamed Topaz Commander and joins Topaz Marines’ fleet of around 100 vessels. Built in 1999 in Myklebust as a 84 m UT 745 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), the addition of a 50t knuckle boom crane makes the Topaz Commander a highly competent MPSV. She is classed as a DP2 vessel and features twin thrusters aft, a tunnel thruster and drop azimuth forward. At 4,263 DWT and 840 sq. m. of clear deck space, Topaz Commander is among the largest vessels in Topaz’s fleet.

Standard Chartered Private Equity invests $ 75 mi in Topaz

The Topaz Installer performs windfarm support services in the North Sea

Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”), a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, today announced a US$75 million new equity investment in the business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (“SCPE”), one of the world’s leading emerging market private equity investors. Under the terms of the investment, SCPE will inject US$75 million of equity in return for a 9.8% stake in the business.

Topaz Delivers $75M Oil & Gas Project

Photo courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine announced the project delivery of the deck structure of a Mobile Offshore Production Unit and storage (MOPUstor). The MOPUstor deck was constructed by Topaz Fabrication and Construction; part of the Topaz Engineering division under a subcontract from Single Buoy Moorings Inc for its client, Talisman Energy Norge AS. The value of Topaz Engineering’s portion of the work was $75m. Topaz’s scope of work was fabrication and construction of the hull and topsides of the MOPU, project completion took more than two years with the workforce peaking at 1,400 men.

Topaz Secures $75m Investment from SCPE

Photo courtesy of Topaz

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, has  announced a $75 million new equity investment in the business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE), one of the world’s leading emerging market private equity investors. Under the terms of the investment, SCPE will inject $75 million of equity in return for a 9.8% stake in the business.

Topaz Energy and Marine Secures $550m Facility

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced a new $550 million facility. The facility is arranged over three tranches. The first is a conventional and Islamic senior secured, term loan of $350 million over seven years which will be used principally to repay existing senior debt. The second is a senior secured, conventional and Islamic Revolving Credit Facility of $100 million over five years and the third tranche is a senior unsecured conventional and Islamic term loan of $100 million, both of which will be used to fund growth capex. The new facility significantly lowers Topaz’s finance costs. The facility will also extend the maturity of Topaz’s debt profile over the next seven years from its previous profile of four years.

Topaz Completes Fujairah Project

 Photo courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine, through its subsidiary Nico International Hydrospace, part of the newly established Topaz Engineering division, has completed the Vopak Horizon Fujairah Limited Phase 5 – Marine Extension Project. Topaz executed in subcontract to BAM International (formerly known as Interbeton). The project was completed safely without any lost time injury and within the agreed project schedule. The subcontract was awarded in November 2008 and Topaz’s scope for the construction of Berth five and six included detailed engineering of complete piping and mechanical equipment…

Topaz Announces $65M Profit for 2009

Photo courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine announced its audited financial results for 2009. Topaz posted revenue of $448 million, EBITDA of $ 127 million and Net Profit of $ 65 million demonstrating year on year growth of 7%, 14% and 38% respectively. The growth in these difficult times clearly demonstrates a resilience that sets Topaz apart from many of its peers. Topaz Energy and Marine is an oil & gas focused marine services and engineering company with a regional footprint across the Middle East and the Caspian.

MAN Propulsion Package Powers Two New AHTS

Topaz Dignity on Slipway: Photo credit MAN Diesel & Turbo

Abu Dhabi-based Adyard has delivered two AHTS vessels equipped with MAN L27/38 propulsion packages. The two Topaz Energy & Marine 67-metre (80-ton bollard pull) vessels are ready for anchor handling tug supply services and the transportation of dry and liquid cargo to and from pipe-laying barges, drilling platforms and production platforms for offshore operations. The Topaz Dignity will operate on behalf of BP, the oil and gas major, on a long-term-contract basis in the Caspian Sea – whilst Topaz Triumph may remain in the Middle East and be operated by Topaz Marine MENA.

Topaz, BP Ink 14 Offshore Ship Contract

The PSV Caspian Server Courtesy TOPAZ

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited ("BP"). Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan. The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options.

Topaz to Supply 14 Vessels for BP in Azerbaijan

Photo: Topaz Energy and Marine

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine informs it has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five-year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan. The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options. These contracts bring Topaz’s global revenue backlog to nearly $1.4 billion.

Topaz to Supply Two PSVs in West Africa

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, has announced the expansion of its West African operations with the award of two PSV contracts worth $50 million (USD). The contracts are to supply one of the world’s leading international oil companies with two 3,300 DWT Platform Supply Vessels to support its offshore production operations. The contracts are worth $50 million including options and bring Topaz’s total contract backlog to approximately $1.2 billion.

Topaz Signs Contract with Kuwait Oil Company

Renaissance subsidiary, Topaz Marine Engineering (“Topaz”), a UAE-based full service ship building, ship repair and engineering services company, confirms it has been commissioned by the Kuwait Oil Company (“KOC”) to design, build and deliver 10 Fast Steel Crew /Pilot Boats of 22m LOA (“Crew/Pilot Boats”), market estimates believe the contract value to be in the region of US$50 million. With a focus on high technology and latest design, the Crew/Pilot boat will be designed to accommodate 30 crew, with passengers all seated on the main deck and will be provided with first quality equipment.

Topaz Successfully Arranges Refinancing

Phase One of US$ 330 million loan agreement signed.   UAE-based Topaz Energy and Marine Ltd. (Topaz), a leading oilfield services multinational and a subsidiary of Renaissance Services, announced that it has signed phase one of a US$ 330 million loan agreement with a syndicate of banks towards the refinancing of some of its existing loans. The deal paves the way for extra liquidity and new investments in Topaz’s Offshore  Support Vessel (OSV) operations.   The agreement completes phase one of Topaz’s previously announced refinancing initiative. The transaction refinances Topaz’s existing borrowings and releases trapped equity of US$ 60 million. The first phase of US$ 203 million refinancing was arranged and financed by DVB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and First Gulf Bank.  

Topaz Appoints New CEO

Renaissance Services has announced the appointment of René Kofod-Olsen as CEO for Topaz Energy & Marine (Topaz). Mr. Kofod-Olsen’s career spans 18 years in the marine industry with the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group (APMM), including a period as Chief People Officer of SVITZER, responsible for the global HR function. He is currently CEO of SVITZER Asia, Middle East & Africa, responsible for a fleet of 130 vessels operating in 17 countries. He is also a member of the global executive leadership team of SVITZER. He will take up his new position at Topaz in early August 2012.

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