CLOUGH AMEC READY FOR 2014.
Dili Office Personnel with
Phil Withnell (Bayu-Undan Senior Contract Manager), Lynsey Bills (Human Resources
Manager), Ivor Ferguson (Chief Executive Officer), Peter Cook (Bayu-Undan Operation and
Maintenance Coordinator) and Taryn Hicks (Timor-Leste Capacity Development Coordinator).
Q&A with CAJV Dili Office Manager
Celebration of Training
Stories of Timorese Struggles
2014: WISHES AND EXPECTATIONS
Clough Amec has been a very supportive company
for their employees and I expect that 2014 will be
the same. Once again, Safety will be one of the
priorities in the work place. I also wish to have good
health to keep providing a better life to my family.
Name: AUGUSTO XAVIER
Position: BLASTER & PAINTER Location: Bayu-Undan
I’m very lucky to work with CAJV. The environment
in the Office is very friendly. I’ve been here since last
November and I’ve already had the chance to go to
Darwin twice for the Excel training. Hopefully, 2014
will be full of great professional experience that will
be important for my future.
CARMENESA MENDONÇA DATA ENTRY CLERK CAJV Dili Office
I hope to keep improving my skills and continue
working with CAJV. I feel happy with the job because
it’s been a great experience in my life. Being part of
Bayu-Undan “family” makes me believe that I also
contribute for the development of Timor-Leste.
Name: MARIA PEREIRA
BRIDGE CONTROLLER Bayu-Undan
I wish that everyone in Bayu-Undan has a great year,
always puts Safety first in the work place. I hope my
performance in the next eleven months will be very
positive. If it’s possible, I would like to have more
training to improve my skills.
NARCISO ARAÚJO TRAINEE - ASSISTANT OPERATION TECHNICIAN Bayu-Undan
I've been working for CA for two years in March. I feel I
have learnt lots about my role and I have met and worked
with some interesting personalities on this journey. I also
had the chance to meet the Culture and people of East
Timor - I have enjoyed every visit and met some great
people. I hope this year sees me become more proficient
in my role and provides me the same diverse experiences
and as many new friends.
CAJV HSE ADVISOR CAJV Darwin Office
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS with Jacinta Araújo, CAJV Dili Office Manager
JACINTA in her desk at CAJV Dili Office
“Timor-Leste has natural resources, only
needs to be a more organized society
and have better human resources”
Jacinta Maria Basmery Reis Araújo was born in Dili and graduated with a Bachelor degree
in Economic Accounting at Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
She has been working as CAJV contractor since 2008. Find more about her experience
running the CAJV Dili Office in this article.
By C.A. (19.02.2014)
When you started the CAJV Dili Office Onshore only had three people. Nowadays
there are 14 employees working. What are the reasons behind this
First of all, I am very happy with this accomplishment and it shows that the company
believes and trusts that Timorese are capable to deal with tasks related with this
Industry. Through this increased trust more Timorese have been allocated to perform
the increased tasks as required.
What are the priorities that CAJV Dili Office want to achieve in 2014?
To keep up the good performance from last year and to build more knowledge amongst
the team members sharing lessons learnt from previous training and experiences.
Improving the current systems, processes and performing more complex tasks.
Last year the CAJV contractor employees had many programs related with
training. How have the trainings sponsored by ConocoPhillips affected the Dili
The outcomes of all the trainings have shown great improvements in different areas.
Training is an opportunity to learn and develop skills; I have observed that Dili Office is
more confident using excels features and solving problems. Attending English classes
has helped Dili Office to improve their communication with the other CAJV offices and
with crew staying at Timor Lodge. The communication in the office is better and English
is part of our day to day routine. Safety is our priority and having training related to
Safety gave us awareness for our workplace and homes.
FIRE Drill and Fire extinguisher exercises with Caltech and CAJV staff
In your speech on the Celebration of Training event [see page 6] you emphasize
“the power of the people” is vital for any company to grow. What should a
company do so that employees feel motivated and consequently give their best?
Companies should aim to encourage their employees where possible. Companies can
support employees by providing opportunities for training, a safe working environment,
appropriate equipment and career progression.
What are the important things that you consider to be an essential for someone
who wishes to work with CAJV Dili Office?
The individual needs to be interested in learning the required skills and to be flexible to
meet the demands of the role.
Clough Amec and Caltech organized the 1st Dili Energy Futsal Tournament in
2013. How successful was the event?
It was very successful event in building good relations between companies related to Oil
& Gas Industry and also promoting CAJV and Caltech in Timor-Leste. Furthermore, it
was also a chance for the companies to contribute for the Timorese community as all
the prizes were donated for Charity.
Recently you attended an intensive course about leadership (Certificate IV
Frontline Management) in Perth. How do you apply the skills obtain from this
training in your office?
I have implemented some of the strategies I learnt in the Frontline Management course.
I have organized periodic staff meetings, which are held using English, to discuss
current tasks and opportunities for improvement. I have appointed a fire warden and
also implemented an evacuation plan.
CELEBRATION of Training speech with Taryn Hicks
What are your short-term and long-term career aspirations?
My short-term goal is to improve my leadership skills by attending additional training.
My long-term goal is to work outside Timor-Leste and have exposure to new systems
and management practices. I have been attending on the job training in Darwin in the
last few years and I really enjoy challenging myself with new knowledge and
Do you see a bright future for Timor-Leste with the development of the natural
Yes, as Timorese citizen I have big hopes that our nation will improve and become an
example for the International community. We have natural resources, now we only
need to be a more organized society and have better human resources.
EVENT Restaurant L’Aubergine, Metiaut/Dili, 17th January 2014
2013 Training Celebration
2013 was a very special year for all the CAJV contractor employees that had the chance
to be part of many trainings sponsored by ConocoPhillips. For this reason, Taryn Hicks,
the Timor-Leste Capacity Development Coordinator, organized a Celebration of Training
where all staff from CAJV in Dili was invited along with their families. The event was
participated by special visitors from Perth and Darwin CAJV Offices (Ivor Ferguson,
Lynsey Bills, Phil Whitnell, Peter Cook) and also representatives from ConocoPhillips
and Caltech. Moreover, the Certificates were also delivered to some employees as
recognition of Years Service.
By C.A. (19.02.2014)
1. General view from the event with presentation from Taryn Hicks.
2. (From left to right) José Cabral, Daryl Slater (COP Maintenance Supervisor), Delia Povey
(COP Technical Assistant Cost Controller), Jacinta Araújo and Peter Burger (COP BayuUndan Field Manager).
3. Phil Whitnell with CAJV contractor employees who received the Award Certificate for
having worked on the Bayu-Undan project for Two or more years.
4. Igor Ferguson with António Silva and Donato Sarmento who received the Award
Certificate for having worked on the Bayu-Undan project for Ten or more years.
TRAINING RMS Compound/Dili, 17th & 18th October 2013
Apply First Aid in your life
By Neuza Sek (12.02.2014)
First Aid is the initial care or assistance provided to a sick or injured person who needs
professional medical attention. First Aid is very significant for all people and not only
for those that work in the Office. From the training we can deal with many emergency
situations that in some cases can mean saving the life of someone.
During the intensive Apply First Aid Training that 12 CAJV contractor employees
attended in two days, we had the chance to increase our knowledge in regards to
different subjects. Introduction To First Aid, Work Health & Safety, How to Treat The
Victim or Basic Life Support were some of the topics that we learnt from the training.
Knowing more about the Human Anatomy (Nervous, Cardiovascular or Respiratory
System) was also very interesting. We often hear about some parts inside of our body
and it’s always good to know exactly what their functions are.
In each day, after knowing about the theories the participants were given the chance to
practice in the field. That moment was definitely the most important part of the training.
For example, we learnt how to handle casualties with different kind of injuries/traumas.
Applying the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was one of the most excited
exercises, knowing this skill is very crucial when dealing with tough situation where
CPR is required.
In conclusion, knowing that Safety is an essential key for all who work in Oil & Gas
industry, being able to have the First Aid Training is extremely important.
Last but not least, CAJV Dili Office would like to give a special gratitude for Jenny
Norton, the instructor provided by ISAT (Industry Safety Assessment and Training). The
training was interesting and vigorous. Thanks to her clarity & willingness in educating
us to be a good first aider.
For more information about Apply First Aid provided by ISAT please email email@example.com.
OPINION - INTERNATIONAL VIEW Books about Timor-Leste
Stories of Timorese Struggles
By Akta Kaushal (University of Hawai’i – The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 28.01.2014)
Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles, and Secrets from Timor-Leste by Gordon Peake
Published by Scribe Publications Pty Ltd., 2013
Beloved Land picks up the story where world attention left off. Blending narrative history,
travelogue, and personal reminiscences based on four years of living in the country, it shows the
daunting hurdles that the people of Timor-Leste must overcome to build a nation from scratch,
and how much the international community has to learn if it is to help rather than hinder the
process. In Timor-Leste, “small” does not necessarily mean “simple.” Beloved Land shows that
the story of Timor-Leste as much more than the narrow litany of conflict and violence often
presented in the media.
The Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luis Cardoso Published by Granta, UK, 2002
East Timor hit the world’s newspaper headlines in August 1999 after its bloody, brave vote for
independence from Indonesia—one of the great expressions of a people’s democratic spirit. Luis
Cardoso’s beautifully lyrical memoir of growing up in East Timor portrays a people and a
culture struggling to form their own identity under successive waves of colonialism. Exquisitely
crafted and evocative, Luis Cardoso’s personal history of his homeland takes as its central image
a crossing—from child to adult, Portuguese to Timorese, tolerance to repression, colonialism to
The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo Published by Paddleless Press, 2002
In The Redundancy of Courage, East Timor becomes the fictitious country of Danu. Fretilin, the
East Timorese guerrilla resistance movement, becomes FAKINTIL and the Indonesians become
the malais. Although the characters are fictional, they are closely based on people involved in
events in East Timor during 1975. During this time, this tiny society threw up various ordinary
people who were asked to do extraordinary things and delivered. The narrator of The
Redundancy of Courage is not one of these heroes. Adolph Ng is one of life’s cowards. A
homosexual educated at a Canadian university, he returns to his homeland and opens one of the
only hotels on the island. He is resented by his countrymen because he is of Chinese origin, and
he is apolitical until he is swept into the resistance movement by accident.
Akta Kaushal is the current PR coordinator for the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She is a
doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. Read the complete article and know more
about other two books (East Timor: Genocide in Paradise by Matthew Jardine and The Devil’s Tears
Steven Horne) on http://www.cseashawaii.org. E-mail for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ME, MYSELF AND I
NAME: NUNO GUTERRES AGE: 34
PLACE OF BIRTH: Baucau (Timor-Leste)
POSITION: Bridge Controller
WITH CLOUGH AMEC SINCE: April, 2012
CAJV contractor employee describes his experience working at Bayu-Undan.
My experience working as Bridge Controller has been fantastic for several
Firstly, living at Bayu-Undan platform was something that I could only imagine
until I landed there and felt its cool environment for the first time. People are
friendly, the place is also equipped with some very good leisure facilities such as
gym, cinema, snooker and equipments for table tennis. The food is great and the
accommodation is very reasonable. It’s also important being able to use the
phone and get Internet access for free.
Secondly, meeting people from different countries and different cultures is one of
the reasons that makes Bayu-Undan a special place to work. The interaction
between people from many nations is a good opportunity to let others know
more about Timor-Leste traditions and history.
Thirdly, the most essential thing at the platform is Safety. It’s good to know that
everyone follow the rules & respects a Safety environment.
Nevertheless, sometimes it’s not easy to be away from my family, mainly my wife
and my daughter, “little princess” Ussinay, for four weeks. But I can compensate
the time I spend Offshore with the same amount of time when I return from each
To sum up, it’s a privilege to work for ConocoPhillips through CAJV and Caltech.
CLOUGH AMEC DILI OFFICE WALL MAG
Editor: Carlos Araújo (email@example.com).
Special Contributors: Akta Kaushal, Neuza Sek and Nuno Guterres.
Revision: José “CIA” Cabral, Mário “The Wolf of Baucau” Oliveira and Taryn Hicks.
Site Source: University Hawai’I - The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (page 8).
Photos: All from CAJV Dili Office. Except: UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies (page 8).
This Magazine it’s published every three months. Next Issue: May 2014.
CLOUGH AMEC Dili Office Short Stories
DECEMBER 2013. CAJV Dili Office Christmas event with families, friends and the special presence of
Peter Cook and Phil Withnell.
DECEMBER 2013. Eldino Varela and Neuza Sek in the facilities of Darwin Human Resource and
Computer Academy for the Excel training.
OCTOBER 2013. Delia Povey and Daryl Slater from ConocoPhillips with CAJV Dili Office personnel at
Venture Hotel Compound.
2011. Offshore employees (Narciso Araújo, Aureo Pereira and Júlio Ximenes) training in the Australian
Center for Energy in Perth.
NOVEMBER 2013. Ana Ornai, Raul Caringal (AMEC) and Peter Cook at Timor Lodge during a meeting
regarding Bayu-Undan employee’s donation for the Red Cross to support the victims of the Typhoon
Haiyan in Philippines.
JANUARY 2014. CAJV Dili staff in a LunchMeeting outside of the Office.