Jonathan Lee is a founding member and the managing director of McPEC Marine and Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd, a Singapore company that provides engineering, procurement and construction services to international oil and gas majors around the world. From its humble beginning as a new entrant to the oil and gas industry in Singapore, McPEC has grown to a seasoned and reputable EPC contractor in the oil and gas industry today.
In a short span of less than 10 years, the Company has successfully designed and constructed many oil and gas projects including Electrical Power Modules (E-house), Instrument Modules (I-House), Seawater Treatment Modules, Fire and Blast Proof Modules, Complex Diesel Generator Modules, Living Quarter Modules, including the two largest FPSO E-Houses in Singapore, both of which were built in record time.
Lee was born and educated in Singapore. He earned his Engineering Degree from the National University of Singapore. He had his beginnings as a civil engineer and contributed greatly to the development of Singapore’s infrastructure and transport network, before leaving civil service to start his own business in Thailand specialising in civil engineering, building construction, tunneling construction and geotechnical engineering.
He eventually moved into the oil and gas industry after the 1998 Asia Financial Crisis being especially interested in the complex nature of the projects and the global nature of the industry, particularly the industry’s culture that gives the engineering profession a lot of say and respect. Singapore is the world’s largest FPSO conversion location with more than 50% of the world’s market share. While McPEC is just one part of the very long chain in FPSO conversion projects, the Company would like to think that in its own way, it is contributing to Singapore’s reputation in the global market by providing quality services and products, which makes it even more attractive for international clients to base their conversion projects in Singapore.
Lee oversees all aspects of the operations of McPEC. He is regarded by many staff as a mentor and a good engineer who believes that “every decision must have a good reason behind it, and we must stand by our decision unless and until the reason has been disproved.” Being a trained engineer, he is also involved in the execution of the projects and his knowledge and experience, hardworking and upright character, sincerity, and business acumen have been instrumental and a driving force in the rapid growth of the Company.
Lee is well aware of the stringent standards, tight schedule requirements and the industry culture of the oil and gas industry. As such, he always emphasises the importance of high engineering design quality, stringent construction process as well as punctual delivery of all projects. McPEC has built up a good reputation in the industry and gained the trust and confidence of many international oil and gas majors.
In a short span of less than 10 years, the Company has designed and built more than 50 modules. In particular, the Company is proud to have successfully completed the EPC projects for the Kraken E-House and the Angola E-House, which are believed to be the two largest FPSO E-Houses ever built in Singapore. The Kraken E-House is the E-House for the Armada Kraken FPSO vessel destined for the Kraken oil field, which is one of the biggest subsea oilfield projects in the British North Sea, and weighs more than 1,560 tonnes. The Angola E-House is the E-House for the Armada Olombendo FPSO, which will be deployed at Block 15/06 East Hub field development, located offshore Angola, and weighs more than 1,700 tonnes. In addition, it is believed that the design, fabrication and commissioning of the Angola E-House within 11 months is a record. Both FPSOs are owned by Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider who is one of the largest FPSO operators in the world.
McPEC has a 3 hectare sea-front open yard with more than 100 employees. It also has strategic partnerships in other countries such as Vietnam and India.
Lee’s corporate culture for McPEC emphasizes on continuous learning, pride in services and teamwork. The Company believes that people are its most critical assets and so the staff is encouraged to voice their opinions and make their decisions based on facts and studies. Lee believes that everyone should not only aim to be a good engineer, but also a good person. Ultimately, the Company seeks to promote a culture of “comradeship” initiative, responsibility and accountability, and it is not afraid of change if it leads to improvements. McPEC also believes that success is based on its good reputation and it will always endeavour to maintain its reputation by providing quality solutions and products on time. The management strives to instil a sense of pride in everyone and for everyone to take their roles seriously and to have a sense of urgency in all that they do. Everyone should recognise that they have contributed meaningfully to every single project of the Company. In keeping with the emphasis on high quality delivery on time, the Company will incur additional costs beyond budget where necessary to meet the required targets and maintain its reputation.
Lee is actively involved in giving back to the community. In particular, he dedicates much of his time and effort to his alma mater where he was a member of the Board of Directors of Hwa Chong Institution for many years and Board Chairman for 6 years from 2009 to 2015. He contributed greatly to the infant years of the Hwa Chong International School which was founded in 2005, and was a driving force behind the new campus building in Bukit Timah. Remembering his student years fondly, he encourages the students to contribute back to the school and the society in future. He is also passionate about Chinese culture and history. Being keen to contribute back to society in more ways, he also spent 7 years studying to become a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, and has been qualified since 2007. He volunteers to treat patients for free every week.
Lee’s vision is to transform the company to be an industry leader in providing comprehensive turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation and project management services for the modular buildings of the power, marine and oil & gas industries. McPEC aims to be a household name in the Oil and Gas industry and for every party who has ever worked with the Company to be proud of their association with McPEC.