Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent international contractor serving the oil, gas and power industries and government entities worldwide. Willbros operates its business in two segments: the United States and Canada (United States & Canada) and all other countries outside of the United States and Canada (International). It provides engineering; construction; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and specialty services to industry and governmental entities worldwide, specializing in pipelines and associated facilities for onshore, coastal and offshore locations. The Company is also involved in asset development, ownership and operations as an extension of its portfolio of industry services. In June 2006, the Company announced its decision to sell its assets and operations in Nigeria, and on February 7, 2007, it sold its Nigeria operations through a share purchase agreement. In October 2006, it completed the sale of its interests in Venezuela. During the year ended December 31, 2006, the Company sold its interest in a water injection facility in Venezuela and its TXP-4 gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming.
The Company provides project management, engineering and material procurement services to the oil, gas and power industries, and government agencies. It specializes in providing engineering services to assist clients in constructing or expanding pipeline systems, compressor stations, pump stations, fuel storage facilities, and field gathering and production facilities. The Company also provides a range of field services, including surveying, right-of-way acquisition, material receiving and control, construction inspection, facilities startup assistance and facilities operations.
The Company's construction capabilities include the construction and replacement of large-diameter cross-country and offshore pipelines; to fabricate engineered structures, process modules and facilities; to construct oil and gas production facilities, pump stations, flow stations, gas compressor stations, gas processing facilities and other related facilities, and to construct offshore platforms, subsea facilities, piers, docks and bridges. The Company owns, leases, operates and maintains a fleet of equipment necessary for operations in the pipeline construction business. Willbros provides fabrication services and are capable of fabricating such diverse deliverables as process modules, subsea templates, flare piles and tips and offshore jackets, and decks. Willbros MSI Canada Inc. (Willbros MSI) purchased in 2006, an additional 90,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Edmonton, Alberta. This facility has expanded Willbros MSI fabrication capability to provide process modules to the burgeoning heavy oil market in northern Alberta. Including the new facility in Edmonton, Willbros MSI operates three fabrication facilities in Ft. McMurray and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Company can provide a range of services for the engineering, design, procurement and construction of processing, pumping, compression, and metering facilities. It is capable of building such facilities onshore, offshore in shallow water or in swamp locations.
The Company's EPC services include engineering, procurement, construction and project management resources to work with clients to provide total project solutions. In performing EPC contracts, the Company participates in numerous aspects of a project. It therefore is able to determine the design, permitting, procurement and construction sequence for a project in connection with making engineering and constructability decisions. Willbros provides its engineering, construction and EPC services, as the scope of work requires, through professional engineering, technical staff, construction management and craft personnel utilizing engineering systems, hardware and software and a fleet of company-owned and leased equipment that includes marine vessels, barges, dredges, pipelaying equipment, heavy construction equipment, transportation equipment and camp equipment.
Willbros provides a range of support and ancillary services related to the construction, operation, repair and rehabilitation of pipelines. It owns and operates a variety of specialized equipment that is used to support construction projects and to provide a range of oilfield services. Specialty services include transport of dry and liquid cargo, pipe double-jointing, rig moves and maintenance and repair services. Through its construction resources, the Company also provides specialty services, including asset development and operations, also referred to as facility operations. The Company's facility operations include assets developed under build, own and operate contracts, such as the fueling facilities operated for the Defense Energy Support Center, an agency of the United States Government, a 10% ownership in a water injection facility in Venezuela and a gas processing plant owned by the Company in the Wyoming area.
The Company competes with Associated Pipeline Contractors, Gregory & Cook, H. C. Price, Sheehan Pipeline Construction, U.S. Pipeline, Welded Construction, Sunland, Dyess, Flint, Jomax, Alliance Engineering, Bechtel, Worley Parsons, Fluor, Gulf Interstate, Jacobs Engineering, KBR, Mustang Engineering, Paragon Engineering, Snamprogetti, Trigon EPC, Technip (France), CCC (Lebanon), Saipem (Italy), AMEC Spie-Capag (UK), Techint (Argentina), Bechtel (U.S.), Stroytransgaz (Russia), Tekfen (Turkey), Nacap (Netherlands), Desert Line, Al Ahram, Hamdam, TruckOman, Taylor Woodrow Towell (UK), Dodsal (India), Saipem (Italy) and Galfar (Oman).