Babu Surendran

SOC Services LLC

9333 Memorial Drive, #309 · Houston, Texas 77024, USA · (281) 777-7192 ·

Babu has more than 40 years of overall experience in the Oil & Gas Industry, half of which in Senior Management positions. He has been responsible for acquiring, executing and successfully delivering large fast track Onshore / Offshore Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) projects in various parts of the world. These include Onshore infrastructure developments in support of Brown Field Developments and Deepwater Field Developments in some of the most remote and harshest environments.

Babu holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Systems.

Babu’s relevant experience includes:

  • being the Project Director of a 1.0 BUSD + Lump Sum Deepwater EPCI contract in Malaysia, for an Oil Major and led the project from tendering, through successful completion of the initial phase;
  • being the Project Director of a 700 MUSD + Lump Sum Pipelines EPCI contract in Kazakhstan, for an Oil Major and led the project from tendering, through successful completion of Phase 1;
  • being the Project Director of a 500MUSD + lump sum EPCI contract for an Integrated Offshore Gas Processing Platform in the Philippines, for an Oil Major and led the project from tendering through successfully delivering the project;
  • having extensive experience in leading teams during tendering and negotiations of EPCI contracts ranging up to several billion dollars;
  • having the proven ability to create effective multicultural teams and leading them to success;
  • developing enhanced Management Reporting and Key Performance Indicator processes and systems, in close cooperation with executive management;
  • improving Project Management and Control Processes and Procedures.
Based on Babu’s experience he can :
  • Review and Optimize the Project Management Organizations on new and ongoing projects
  • Advise you on what KPIs should be established and tracked to monitor your organization's performance,
  • Conduct Independent Project Reviews of ongoing Projects to be in line with the required Gate Reviews.
  • Develop your procurement strategies, supplier partnering, enhancing supplier performance, and focusing on cost and value optimization.
  • Optimize the overall Project Execution Methods
  • Assist in reviewing the existing Project Management Processes and propose improvements
  • Improving Project Management and Control Processes and Procedures.
  • Conduct Forensic Analysis on Projects in trouble and recommend corrective measures, based on lessons learned.
Babu is a Permanent Resident of the USA and lives in Houston,Texas.



Project Advisor Director

Reporting to the FPSO Product Line Director in the Project Management Department and participated actively in the Independent Project Review Process. Worked closely with Regional Execution Centers and Project Managers to ensure that follow-on actions are completed on time. Assisted with the development of the Project Manager’s Handbook and updating of other Project Management Procedures such as Change Management Plan and Project Execution Plans. Played a “mentor” role to Project Managers and Project Engineers. Undertook specific assignments related to Project Organization and Execution, both at the bid phase and during execution


April 2014 - March 2018


Project Director (Singapore)

Providing support to the SapuraAcergy JV and supporting Subsea 7’s Corporate, Project and Operations Group on conducting Independent Peer Reviews on large complex projects, all over the world.


February 2011 - March 2014


Project Director (Kuala Lumpur)

Seconded to the 50/50 Joint Venture, between Acergy and the Sapura Group in Malaysia, to tender, negotiate and be fully responsible for the execution of the Gumusut-Kakap Deepwater Subsea Project, for Sabah Shell Petroleum. The Project was valued at approximately 1 Billion USD and involved Engineering, Procurement, Fabrication, Transport a n d Installation of:

  • 1 EA, 18" diameter,250km Export Pipeline from the FPS to the shore, including the SCR at the FPS end.
  • 9 EA Flowlines ( 8", 10" and 1 2 ” diam.) in 1200m water depth, including the associated SCR's I PLETS I SLETS and Jumpers
  • 12EA Mooring Lines for the FPS, including the associated driven piles in 1200m water depth and the tow/installation of the FPS from Johor to the site.

The SURF Project was safely and successfully completed in 2013.


January 2008 - January 2011


Project Director (Singapore)

Responsible for the Tendering of large deep water subsea development projects in the region. These projects were in excess of US$800 million and generally on a fast track schedule.


July 2006 - December 2007


Execution Contract Manager (London / Milan / Kazakhstan)

Responsible for the Project Management, on behalf of Agipkco,on the Kashagan Project, a US$ 600 million EPC Contract executed by Saipem and a US$ 100 million Purchase Order for the Supply of Company Materials (including Line Pipe, Values, Isolation Joints etc.). The Contract Scope was for the Engineering, Procurement and Installation of Trunklines and Flowlines for the Kashagan Project in the North Caspian Sea, in Kazakhstan. Was responsible for the review of the tenders , tender clarifications and award in London, followed by the Detail Design/Procurement at the Saipem Offices in Milan and the Management of the Construction Phase in Atyrau, Kazakhstan


August 2003 - June 2006
Project Director (Houston)

Reporting to the Vice-President of Worldwide Project Execution for the KBR Offshore Group. Assisted with upcoming bids , strategies and conducting reviews on existing projects.

August 2002 - July 2003
Project Director (Houston/Singapore/Philippines)

Overall responsibility for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation (including Hookup and Commissioning) of the Malampaya Platform Development, a US$500 million Integrated Offshore Gas Processing Facility for Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX). The Design and Procurement commenced in Houston and transitioned to Singapore when the critical mass of the Project moved to the Far East. The Platform was a Concrete Gravity Base Substructure which was constructed in Subic Bay, in the Philippines and an Integrated Topside, having a load out weight of 11,500 MT, fabricated in a Singapore Fabrication Facility. The Topside was installed on to the Concrete Substructure using the Float over Method. The Project was completed on Schedule and the Facility is presently being operated by SPEX.

May 1998 - July 2002
Operations Manager (Asia Pacific Region)

Was responsible to the Area Manager of Brown & Root Energy Services for all the Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (including P/L responsibility) in the Far East Region. This included all project support, construction engineering, fabrication, estimating and proposal preparation, contract negotiations, post contract negotiations for the offshore turnkey construction business in the Region. Experience with the major markets in the region included Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, India ,China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and others.

January 1993 - April 1998
Project Manager (Asia Pacific Region)

Assisted Area Manager with various operational matters in the region.

October 1990 - December 1992
Project Manager (Singapore/China) - ACT Huizhou 21-1 Development

Overall responsibility for managing the HZ-21-1 Transportation and Installation Project, Offshore China. This was the first project performed by the COES/B&R joint venture company of China. Project Management team consisted of both B&R and COES personnel out of Beijing. The client was made up of a group of 3 multi-national Oil Companies (Agip, Chevron and Texaco) and the Chinese National Oil Company. Scope of work included project engineering, transportation, installation, hook-up, testing and commissioning of a Drilling/Production Platform and associated facilities consisting of 3 Pipelines, Submarine Cable and a Buoyed Turret Mooring System. Project was completed on schedule.

June 1989 - September 1990
Project Manager (Singapore/Malaysia) - Esso Production Malaysia Riser Repair

Overall responsibility for managing the emergency repair of risers in EPMI fields Offshore Malaysia. Scope included assessing the extent of repairs required on 7 existing production risers operated by EPMI, which were suffering from serious corrosion at the splash zone.

May 1989 - June 1989
Project Manager (East Malaysia) - Sarawak I Sabah Shell CAT IProject (Sarawak/Sabah, Malaysia)

Overall responsibility for managing the CAT I Barge program. This project was managed by a consortium made up of Brown & Root (B&R) and Shapadu Holdings, a Malaysian company. The project team was made up of both B&R and Shapadu personnel. Scope of work included project engineering, transportation and installation of 6 Platforms and 9 infield Pipelines.

August 1987- April 1989
Senior Project Engineer (Houston)

Responsible for estimating and job planning activities for potential projects handled by the Marine Division. Review all project drawings, specifications, contracts, and other related bid information. Responsible for activities as bid engineering, scheduling, job planning, equipment selection, technical requirements, legal problems, proposal preparation, and other estimate related items. Involved in the collection and analysis of cost and historical data from related projects for use on future bids. Many of these jobs were bid in consortium with both Japanese and Korean Fabricators.

May 1985 - July 1987
Senior Project Engineer (Singapore/India) - ONGC South Bassein Hazira Pipeline Project (India)

Overall responsibility for the bidding, award negotiations and management of the Subcontract for the Engineering, Procurement, Fabrication, Transportation and Installation of 7 each Subsea Pipeline End Manifolds (PLEMS). These PLEMS tied into the newly installed trunkline and to other existing infield lines. This was completed on schedule and under budget. Also assisted Project Manager during the installation and commissioning of approximately 135 miles of 36" diameter gas pipeline from Hazira to South Bassein Field.

September 1984- April 1985
Senior Project Engineer (Singapore/East Malaysia - Sabah Gas Utilisation Project (Sabah. Malaysia)

The overall project was managed by a Consortium made up of B&R, Nippon Kokan (NKK), Marubeni Corporation and Promet Sdn . Bhd, a Malaysian Company. B&R responsibility related primarily to the design of the pipelines, project engineering, transportation and installation portion of the w o r k which included 6 offshore platforms and approximately 120 miles of 14 inch pipelines from 2 fields offshore Sabah to landfall in Labuan. Responsible for the Transport and Installation of Platforms and providing support to the Pipeline Scope of work. Project w a s completed on scheduled a n d under budget

July 1982- August 1984
Senior Project Engineer (Singapore/India) - ONGC BHS Project: Bombay, India

Responsible to Project Manager for operations relating to the offshore installation of one production platform, one living quarters platform, two mooring buoys in 255 ft. of water and 20 infield pipelines of varying diameters. Other duties include client negotiation, scheduling, planning, project engineering and preparation of detailed job plan. On this project, B&R was a subcontractor to Nippon Kokan (NKK) of Japan who led a consortium made up of Nippon Steel Corporation, Kawasaki Corporation and Hitachi Corporation of Japan.

June 1981 - June 1982
Marine Estimator (Houston)

Responsible for itemizing all cost areas for any marine project and breaking the total estimate into workable increments. Job duties include: analyzing and preparing cost and work completion estimates for construction contract bids. Assisting new estimators with assignments during their orientation period; performing other related duties as directed by Senior Marine Estimator and Manager of Estimating.

1979 - May 1981
Project Engineer (Singapore/Philippines) - Philippines Cities Service, South Nido Field, Philippines

Was responsible to the Project Manager for operations relating to engineering, fabrication and offshore installation of pipelines, platforms, an SBM and process facilities. Involved in the operational aspects of the project including client relations, scheduling and planning, and preparation of detailed job plan.

1978 - 1979
Staff Engineer (India) - Bombay High to Uran Trunklines, Bombay, India

Project planning and co-ordination of various project activities such as pipe costing schedules, lay barge and bury barge schedules associated with the installation of approximately 125 miles of each 30-inch crude and 26-inch gas lines Bombay High Field to shore for the Oil and Natural Gas Commission of India

1977- 1978
Marine Estimator (Houston)

Estimated and prepared bids from the preliminary stage to the final bids for various marine fabrication and installation projects in the Middle and Far East.

1976- 1977
Field Engineer (Onboard Vessel) - Onboard Derrick Barge "Mantorek"

All aspects of marine engineering , construction and planning. Projects completed included installation of drilling platforms, production platforms, flare jackets, compressor stations , single buoy mooring systems for Brunei Shell Petroleum, Sabah Shell and Sarawak Shell, o f f the coast of Brunei and East Malaysia.

1974 -1975


Assistant Mech. Engineer (Singapore)

Attached to Plant Workshop and involved in maintenance and upkeep of all heavy plant equipment used on the Container Port Project for the Port of Singapore Authority . Also responsible for modification and fabrication of various pieces of equipment as required on the project.


1973 - 1974


Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Systems

Professional Affiliations

Senior Advisor with Project Value Delivery