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Project Rescue

While our clients are used to risk, at some point things feel out of control.

When a project has been identified as failing, it’s vital to understand what’s going on. We rapidly deploy our experts to advise, direct or support your team, turning insights and action. So what do you get when you engage Epeus?

Situation Recovery provides a safety net during a project’s lifetime. If we’ve been involved since the project’s inception, we won’t hang around. But you still have access to our base camp team at periods where you feel more vulnerable. If you need us for more hands-on project management, we can help you with our Peer Assist service. 

When you’re climbing a mountain, you hope you don’t need the mountain rescue helicopter. But you’re glad to know it’s there.

Effective liaison across all parties

The emotional investment of those involved with failing projects can cloud judgement, even at a subconscious level. You can depend on us for cool-headed objectivity and, if you require it, calm leadership.

Pattern-matching insights

We assess the situation with clear eyes to help you feel more certain of your project’s outcome. Sometimes, that outcome may simply be understanding the extent of likely losses, either in time or money. More often, we can help turn things around through our project rescue services. 

Assessing risk accurately requires the ability to assemble potential scenarios from limited information. We know where to look and the questions to ask. With decades of industry and project experience, our experts are quick to recognise patterns, then take action to mitigate risk.

A pragmatic approach

We’re not optimists or pessimists—we’re realists who know what successful outcomes require. While we’ll shave time off a project where we can, we never compromise safety. 

We’ll get ‘boots on the ground’ as fast as we’re able—anywhere in the world. From the moment you call us, an advance party will typically be on-site within 48 hours, often quicker. In the past, only occasional visa issues prevented us from guaranteeing this. Today’s post-pandemic world presents new challenges. But we’re able to provide much of our project risk management advice—and even project rescue services—remotely.

To better understand what we actually do, dive into the stories below.

“Epeus is a highly regarded project management consultancy, that continues to attain and exceed my expectations.”

Fiona Bannister, Technical Services Manager, Centrica Energy Upstream

"We brought you guys in to scare us into action, and you delivered in buckets.”

Don Jacobsen, EVP, Shell

“Epeus understands the key requirements that are needed to achieve successful rig startups. Their personnel have deep experience and are knowledgeable in the areas of rig delivery.”

Brian Hay, Director, Rig Engineering, Global Wells Organization, BP

“Whenever we’ve needed Epeus personnel, they’ve always got there fast—anywhere in the world.”

Sachin Mehra, Vice-President, Asset Management, Valaris (ENSCO)

“The rigorous approach of Epeus’s project readiness review service quickly gave us a set of robust and independent insights into the state of readiness of our field development project. The findings proved to be extremely valuable.”

Leonardo Adami, Director, Petroleum Equity

“The bondholders appreciate the candour and view you guys provided. It was one of the key ingredients to getting consensus on the overall transaction.”

Ken Becker, Director, AMA Capital

"We needed knowledge and experience of a large complex project environment and leadership for our onsite technical team to get us across the finish line. Epeus stepped up to help us implement our project strategy with good discipline."

Peter Anson, Director, Projects and Sites Energy Business Unit, Valmet Technologies Oyj.

“Your expert's knowledge was outstanding, the report was professional, and his courtroom experience shone through during cross-examination. Great job.”

John Deis, Partner, Hicks Thomas LLP

“The Epeus team helped us to understand the complexities associated with a new build rig project and a new North Sea contractor startup."

Andrew Lough, Culzean Wells Project Manager, Maersk Oil

“Epeus’s approach allowed us to fully analyse our options, integrate the rig construction period into our Culzean Project and feel more confident as we progressed towards the start of our drilling campaign.”

Andrew Lough, Culzean Wells Project Manager, Maersk Oil

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Operator Results Operator Results

For a project rescue, time is critical. Discover how getting boots on the ground fast helped us advise our client on mitigating measures.


To Boldly Go? Or Not!
Needing rigs in location with a fast-closing weather window, a major operator asked us to assess their drilling contractor. Against our advice the contractor went ahead (and failed as predicted). Our client made reputation-saving contingency plans and held the contractor in default. Read More

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Integrator Results Integrator Results

What's the value of a day? For our clients, it's typically hundreds of thousands of dollars. Discover two project rescue cases where we advised on reputation-saving project decisions.


Fractures in the Red Sea
Our client’s rig returned to service with all due speed; the crew regained morale and cohesiveness through our leadership and support; forecast earnings were adjusted in line with our planning, preventing any additional surprise losses; the insurance claim was accepted and settled; and our client’s regional reputation with their field operator client was restored. The drilling contractor has used our services every year since. This was our first project back in November 2002, just days after incorporating. Since then, we’ve delivered over 200 others. Read More

A Blessing In Disguise
Our wider industry reputation and swift response prevented a potential loss for our client in excess of $50 million, while our completion ahead of schedule saved them around $1.5 million in direct costs, more than covering our ‘project rescue’ fee. We also got an apology from our client for thinking it was us who had failed. Read More

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Investor Results Investor Results

Investments in upstream energy always carry risk. When an international bank reached a tipping point, they called us in. Learn how we brought certainty to their decision.


Fortune Telling, Mandarin Style
A bank needed to understand the risks of investing in land drilling in China. Our speed, technical expertise and local language skills gave them the confidence to invest. Read More