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Asian business practices differ from US, European norms. After spending more than 25 years in the global hydrocarbon market, traveling around the world, working on project management, and construction and commissioning of topsides and fixed installations, FPSOs, TLPs, semisubmersibles and integrated modules, 53-year-old Jim Hargreaves finally decided to settle down in Asia and call it home. He founded EPIC Asia in Singapore last year, with an emphasis on being a leading provider of project management and operations support services in Asia by 2005. He quickly formed joint ventures in Malaysia and Indonesia, and forked out nearly S$500,000 in business development costs, to be recognized as an integrated solutions provider that can handle all aspects of outsourcing work. EPIC Asia's central theme, said Jim, is the use of commissioning and technical service contracts (CTS) as a driving force to propel the company into Asia.

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