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This article profiles one of the top three entries in the PMI Project of the Year award: Unocal Thailand Ltd.'s North Pailin Gas Development Project. This project to construct a \$125 million petroleum platform off Thailand's coast was begun about the same time that the Asian economy took a downturn, and required a creative procurement strategy and tightly integrated project management approach. The initial work scope and approach were provided by the project design engineering firm, Worley Ltd., Perth, Australia, and Unocal continued to work closely with its contractors through the five project phases: engineering design, procurement, fabrication, installation and hook up, and finally, commissioning and startup. Rigorous decision-making and change control processes were a key component in the successful completion of this project, which began producing gas over a month ahead of schedule and \$12 million under budget.
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