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We are an energy and integrated utilities service provider. A pioneer in the concept of multi-utility facilities, we offer a range of utilities and support services such as steam, cooling water, high grade industrial water, wastewater treatment and chemical waste incineration to Singapore’s petrochemical hub on Jurong Island. A major energy player, we are Singapore’s first commercial importer and retailer of natural gas and operate the country’s only combined-cycle cogeneration plant. Our expertise also includes offshore oil and gas turnkey contracting for upstream fixed and floating platforms.

Our aim is to be a leading energy and integrated utilities service provider in the Asia-Pacific. To do this we will:

Create synergies between the various elements of our utilities business
We offer our clients a full range of services by bundling our energy and integrated utilities products and services. Leveraging our expertise across the entire energy value chain, and on the synergies between electricity and gas, we aim to cater to our customers’ energy needs.

Develop on our unique business model as an integrated multi-utility service provider
We intend to replicate the success of our one-stop service multi-utility concept abroad in countries such as China. We will continue to consolidate our lead position in Singapore by deepening our core competencies and providing reliable, quality and customer-responsive products and services.

Build our businesses in water and wastewater treatment
Building on our existing water recycling and wastewater treatment capabilities, we are exploring M&As and partnership opportunities in these businesses both locally and abroad. We will also grow new product lines such as district cooling systems and recycled water, and continue investing in research and development on water treatment technologies with established institutions like Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Stanford University in the United States.

Leverage our first-mover advantage in Singapore's natural gas market
To protect and increase our market share, we plan to increase gas sales to our industrial and reticulation customers, and are piloting the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel source for commercial fleet operators.

Strengthen our power generation capabilities as a niche player
We aim to strengthen our position as a low-cost power producer equipped with high-performance and efficiency facilities. We will focus on niche markets which provide a stable income such as cogeneration facilities with multi-steam customers, as well as power plants with secured offtakes. We are currently exploring greenfield and acquisition opportunities in Asia and Australia.

Exploit opportunities for oil and gas works
We will continue to build up our position and reputation as a leading turnkey contractor for offshore platforms. In pursuing opportunities to grow our offshore engineering business, we will focus on markets of high interest to oil and gas majors such as West Africa, the North Sea and the Middle East. We will also explore means to increase our yard space and capacity both locally and abroad.

Our Utilities business performed strongly in 2002, with a 95 per cent growth in turnover over 2001. Profit After Tax and Minority Interests (PATMI) rose 55 per cent to S$54.2 million, accounting for 31 per cent of Group PATMI compared to 20 per cent in 2001.

The strong financial performance by Utilities was primarily due to increased contributions from our integrated utilities division, as well as our offshore engineering unit SMOE, and SembCorp Gas (SembGas). SMOE performed strongly and clinched S$530 million worth of contracts in 2002. SembGas also performed well in 2002 due to a ramp-up in its gas offtake and it has now reached its full 325 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) offtake level. SembGas secured 30 new reticulation customers in 2002 with an orderbook worth S$116 million, while our power supply company, SembCorp Power (SembPower), is now an established power retail company with a total of 80 accounts to date.


Division Our Stake Joint Venture Partners Country of Operation
Completion Date
Centralised Utilities
  SUT Sakra 80% Tractebel
Jurong Island,

  SUT Seraya 100% Jurong Island,

  SembCorp Water

100% Singapore  
Chemical Feedstock
  Propylene Purification Unit

100% Jurong Island,
  SembCorp Air Products 60% Air Products Singapore

Jurong Island,
  Sakra Island Carbon Dioxide 30% Singapore Carbon
Dioxide Company
Air Products Singapore (20%)

Singapore 1999  
  SembCorp Gas 50% Temasek Holdings

Jurong Island,
  SembCorp Cogen 70% Tractebel

Jurong Island,
  Kwinana Cogeneration Plant 30% Edison Mission Energy

Perth, Australia 1996  
  Phu My 3 Power Company 33.30% BP Holdings
Consortium of Kyushu Electric Power Co.
and Nissho Iwai Corporation

Vung Tau,
  Qianan SembCorp
Cogeneration Company
65% Qianan Xin Di Thermal Power Company

  SembCorp Power 100%

Singapore 2nd half
Oil and Gas
  SMOE 100%

  Gema SembCorp Engineering 90% Fadel Muhammad

  Chiwan Offshore Petroleum
Equipment Repair/Manufacturing Co.

35% China Offshore Oil Nanhai East Corporation (25%)
China Offshore Oil Nanhai West Corporation (20%)
Chiwan Petroleum Supply Base (20%)

  Chiwan Sembawang
Engineering Co.
32% China Offshore Oil Engineering Corporation (36%)
Shenzhen Petroleum Supply Base Company (32%)

  Sime SembCorp Engineering 30% Sime Darby Nominees (70%) Pasir Gudang,

1 As of December 31, 2002

The orderbook for SMOE as of end-December 2002 was approximately S$740 million. Our major projects are:

Project Value (S$m) Client Scope of Work Completion Date
  Halfdan Field Development Phase 3 189 Maersk Olie OG Gas Engineering, procurement, fabrication, pre-commissioning, loadout and seafastening of process platform and living quarters March 2003  
  Panyu Joint Development, South China Sea 260 Devon Energy China Engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and hook-up of platform and pipeline facilities 3rd quarter 2003  
  Dan FG Development Project 2 Maersk Olie OG Gas Engineering, procurement, fabrication and commissioning of process/utility module, jacket, flare structure and bridges July 2004  
  Idd El Shargi North Dome Offshore Oil Field 2 Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Engineering, procurement, fabrication, precommissioning, loadout, transportation,hook-up and commissioningof central processing facility platform, bridges and flare platform March 2005  
  Erha FPSO Project 2 Bouygues Offshore Detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication and integration to Hull FPSO topsides modules March 2005  

2 The total contract value for these three contracts secured in 2002 is S$530 million. The individual contract values are not disclosed at the requests of the clients.

Our multi-utility centres on Jurong Island also performed better than the year before. SUT Sakra signed six new contracts worth S$2.6 million per year while expansion on its existing facilities continue to cater to customers such as Asahi Kasei Plastics Singapore and Mitsui Bisphenol Singapore. We rounded up the year serving 39 of Jurong Island’s 70 companies.

Our power generation company in Singapore, SembCorp Cogen (SembCogen), was however negatively impacted by the delay in the deregulation of Singapore’s electricity market, namely high spinning reserve costs under the old market rules. Originally set for 2001, the New Electricity Market (NEM) was launched only in January 2003. Under the NEM, a separate Spinning Reserve Market has now been introduced, and competition in this market is expected to drive down spinning reserve costs.

Earlier this year, we opened Singapore’s first CNG station on Jurong Island, and launched a pilot project with the Ministry of the Environment and SBS Transit to introduce CNG as a vehicle fuel in Singapore.

We expect the performance of our Utilities operations to be better than 2002. Its growth will be underpinned by stable baseload earnings from its long-term contracts, as well as a strong orderbook of SMOE. The orderbook of SMOE stood at a healthy S$740 million as at end-December 2002.

Since January 2003, SembCogen has been operating under the NEM. The introduction of a separate Spinning Reserve Market and the introduction of vesting contracts is expected to make the market environment more dynamic and sustainable for SembCogen and other power generation companies in Singapore.

While Temasek Holdings has announced the deferment of the proposed sale of its power generation companies until 2004 at the earliest, we continue to develop our power generation business overseas. Commercial operations of our joint venture 717-megawatt cogeneration plant Phu My 3 in Vietnam is expected to commence in early 2004.


Tang Kin Fei
President & CEO SembCorp Utilities


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Revenue 1,071,933 548,319
PATMI 54,248 34,907
Note: Figures are taken at SembCorp Industries' Group Level for the Key Business



Note: Excludes inter-company elimination

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