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Sarawak govt ups stake in Malaysia LNG Tiga to 25%

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has, via its investment arm Sarawak State Financial Secretary (SFS), bought another 15% stake in Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn Bhd (MLNG Tiga), increasing its shareholding to 25%.

The stake was bought from Shell Gas Holdings (Malaysia) Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.

State Financial Secretary Datuk Seri Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman and Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo signed the sales and purchase agreement here on Friday. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg witnessed the event.

 With the acquisition, this has increased SFS’s shareholding in MLNG Tiga to 25%, making it the second largest shareholder.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) holds 60% in MLNG Tiga. Nippon Oil Finance (Netherlands) BV has a 10% and Diamond Gas (Nethelands) BV, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp, 5%.

 Petronas subsidiary Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd operates MLNG 3 as part of the larger Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu.

 At the request of Shell, Johari told reporters later that he could not reveal how much SFS had paid for the 15% stake in MLNG Tiga, only saying that the pice tag was “reasonable.”

 He said SFS was ready to increase its shareholdings in MLNG Tiga if Petronas considers to divest some of its sharesholdings.

 He said the SFS had recently acquired a 10% stake in MLNG 9 Train,which started operations in 2016 with an annual production capacity of 3.6 million tonnes.
Johari said the acquisition of equity interest in MLNG 3 and MLNG 9 Train was in line with Sarawak’s efforts to diversify its economy and increase its revenue stream.

Up to 2017, he said SFS has received close to RM20bil in dividends from its investments in MLNG 1 to 3 projects. 

“ I will announce in October another initiative that will help Sarawak to generate a new revenue stream,” he added.

 He described the latest equity acquisition in MLNG Tiga as another milestone for Sarawak to participate actively in both the upstream and downstream industries of the oil and gas  (O&G) industry.

 He said Sarawak was embarking on a methanol plant project in Bintulu,which is estimated to cost RM8.4bil, as part of the state to venture into more downstream value-adding petro-chemical industry.  

 On the newly formed Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros),Johari expects the state-owned company to be “up and running” in two years, and to start contributing revenue to the state coffers in the next few years.  

 Petros was set up to enable Sarawak to participate in the upstream O&G development, particularly in the exploration  and extraction of oil and gas resources.

Johari said Sarawak required massive funds to finance its various development projects,particularly road and bridge projects.

He said the newly operational Sarawak Development Bank would finance some of the strategic projects,such as the proposed methanol plant.


Serba Dinamik secures RM330mil Petronas job

KUCHING: Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance, construction and modification services to Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) onshore facilities in Bintulu and Miri, Sarawak.

The contract involves Package D (Bintulu-Sarawak Gas) and Package E (Miri-Sarawak Oil) onshore facilities in Miri Crude Oil Terminal and Asam Paya onshore facility as well as Bintulu integrated facilities.


Abang Johari: Sarawak must diversify its economy and keep up with technological advancements

KUCHING: Sarawak’s transformation towards a digital economy must keep abreast with the sheer pace of the disruptive change in technological advancements.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state must go all out in diversifying its economy, especially towards digitalisation, as opportunities brought about by the disruptive change has levelled the playing fields in the technology and economic sectors.

The advent of new disruptive technologies also breaks the dominance of existing products and businesses, while providing room for new products to be successful, he added.

“Disruptive change in the form of technological advancements has transformed our lives, creating new opportunities and altering conventional industries.

“Sarawak is not spared from this disruptive change and we must equip ourselves with necessary skills and knowledge to face the impacts and challenges brought about by disruptive change.

“I strongly believe that the Sarawak economy needs to be further diversified as well as transformed to achieve this vision.

“The digital economy will be a strong platform and catalyst for the state to reach out to the global business community as well as forge international collaboration,” said Abang Johari in his special address at the opening of the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) here.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was present to deliver his keynote address to some 2,000 delegates at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Abang Johari said over the years, Sarawak has been able to position itself as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the Asean region.

The state is endowed with vast natural resources, agricultural land, fisheries and mineral in addition to modern and reliable infrastructure and utilities with efficient, business-friendly government.

Apart from having safe, clean and pleasant working and living conditions, he said the standard of living has improved significantly over the past two decades, where foreign investors can be assured of a high quality life.

“We also have young, productive, diligent and English-speaking trainable workforce.

“Sarawak’s labour force can provide educated, skilled, semi-skilled and young workers to meet the needs of a high-technology business environment,” he continued.

Abang Johari said the cooperation and support between the state and Federal Government, domestic and international corporation sectors, Sarawak can not only realise its full develop-ment potential but also play an important role as the key hubs for regional cooperation and economic integration in the region.

To further accelerate economic growth in Sarawak, the state has also set up its own development bank (Development Bank of Sarawak), petroleum company (Petroleum Sarawak or Petros) as well as the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.


CM: Petros board members to be announced next week

Abang Johari moves to press a button to officiate at the event. He is flanked by Abang Karim (right) and Dr Jerip, while Wan Zulkiflee is at second left. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The board members of Sarawak’s wholly-owned oil and gas (O&G) company Petros will be announced next week.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the company is in the midst of forming its board of directors.

“There will be five people in the board. I will give you a full list of board members within a week. Just like I have promised you, I will name the CEO of the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), so I will give you the list of Petros board members,” he told a press conference after witnessing a contract signing between Brooke Dockyard and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for the Anjung Facilities and Bokor Phase 3 Re-development Wellhead Platform projects here yesterday.

“I will give bit by bit because there are a lot of things to be considered. It’s still premature for me to disclose anything at the moment. Like I have said, we are still forming our board, and after that we leave it to the board members on how to run Petros.”

Abang Johari said Petros would enable Sarawakians to participate more in both upstream and downstream O&G. He said Petros is looking into both water and land exploration, and would work closely with Petronas in both areas.

“Based on our studies with Petronas, apparently a lot of concessions have been given to our partner, Petronas, in the areas they explore including onshore,” he said.

For onshore exploration, he said the state is still exploring whether there are oil reserves or not, the volume and feasibility, mostly in the northern region such as in Baram and Limbang.

“However, we do not know the volume of the oil reserve there,” he said.

In his speech, Abang Johari said Sarawak celebrates its 107th year of participation in O&G this year. He said he would work with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Petronas to get the maximum benefit from the state’s oil resources.

“Of course, we will try to get what is rightfully ours. And I will explore other ways for us to get maximum benefits from our oil and gas. In three to five years, there will be a lot of activities in oil and gas. This I can tell you but it’s still premature for me to reveal to you now,” he said.

Among those present were Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Petronas president and group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, and Brooke Dockyard chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg.


Hydrogen as energy source

KUCHING: Sarawak is moving ahead in its green energy agenda with the launch of an integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station, touted as the first in South East Asia.

Built by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, the facility includes a plant that produces hydrogen through electrolysis and a refuelling station for the state’s first hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The station will initially service three hydrogen fuel cell buses operated by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and two cars in SEB’s corporate fleet.

“In Sarawak, we have a green energy agenda. Besides hydropower, we are now exploring hydrogen as another source of energy,” Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said when launching the facility at SEB’s western regional office.

He said the state planned to introduce three-in-one fuel stations after this, which would cater for vehicles powered by fossil fuel, electricity and hydrogen.

Abang Johari (in driver’s seat) and Abdul Hamed trying out a hydrogen  cell-powered car.   

The stations will be set up by state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) and SEDC.

“We are going to set up initially five stations, starting at the end of this year. That is our next move,” he said.

Meanwhile, SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the hydrogen plant can produce 130kg of hydrogen daily and is capable of fully refuelling up to five fuel cell buses and 10 fuel cell cars per day.

“We are working together with SEDC who leads the hydrogen-fuelled bus pilot project to improve and green our public transportation system.

“In addition, we have added two Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into our corporate fleet,” he said.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the buses would be used as a pilot project to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cell technology for public transport in Sarawak.

He said the buses will commence operations as soon as SEDC receives the necessary permits from the relevant authorities.


Who are the pioneering 5?

(From left) Datuk Seri Idris Jala; Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah; Dato Isaac Lugun; Datuk Wee Yiaw Hin

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced  on Tuesday morning members of the board of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Sdn Bhd (Petros), Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, which would comprise five Sarawakians who were previously with Petronas and Shell.

Later in the afternoon he met the MA63 research team to London among whom is  a lawyer who has served in various key positions in Petronas, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, CEO of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd.

Taking the cue from Abang Johari’s statement that the five-member Petros board would comprise Sarawakians who have served in the oil and gas industry one time or another, The Borneo Post made an educated guess that with his credentials, Medan would be one of the ‘Pioneering Five’.

Speaking to The Borneo Post Adventure Team (BAT) in Bintulu in June, Medan said he had a ‘considerably lengthy’ meeting with the chief minister. Asked what he thought of setting up Sarawak’s own oil and gas company he confidently replied: ‘It’s good for Sarawak’.

There was excitement in the air during the conversation with BAT sensing that good things would be happening to Sarawak in the oil and gas sector.

Who is Medan?

He has more than 30 years experience working in the oil and gas industry value chain under his belt – from upstream to midstream, downstream and marketing and trading.

In his own words during the BAT interview: “I was then the managing director and CEO of Malaysia LNG Group of Companies (2007-2010), contributing significantly to national and state economy to the tune of more than four per cent of the Malaysian GDP and 40 per cent of the gross exports from Sarawak.”

Probing deeper, The Borneo Post talked to several industry players about the composition of the board and the names of a few prominent figures who had worked with Shell and Petronas, cropped up as possible candidates.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala is a possible board member. He has spent 23 years in Shell, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions, including as vice president of Shell Retail International and Business Development Consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

The other name bandied about was Heng Hock Cheng, who was the managing director of Shell Gas and Power Malaysia. He retired from Shell in October 2006 after working 34 years in the upstream, downstream and gas and power divisions.

He served in various Shell entities in Malaysia, UK, Holland and China, holding, among others, the positions of manufacturing superintendent of Lutong Refinery, engineering manager, technical director of Sarawak Shell Berhad – Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd and chairman of Shell China based in Beijing.

Cagamas non-executive director Datuk Wee Yiaw Hin’s name was also mentioned. He was attached to Shell for over 21 years in Malaysia and overseas, including the United Kingdom and South Africa where his last position was vice president (Malaysia) for Upstream International Asia and managing director of Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production Companies.

Wee joined Petronas as executive vice president and CEO of Upstream Business in May 2010. He was a member of the company’s board of directors (at the group level) and the executive committee, and chaired/sat on the boards of several companies.

Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd group chief corporate officer Dato Isaac Lugun was also speculated to be a Petros board member. Holding a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Malaya in 1981, he worked for eight years in various senior positions in Legal Department of Petronas, including senior management role at Asean Bintulu Fertilizer Sdn Bhd, a joint venture of the then five Asean countries.

Another name mentioned was that of State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani who served as the management executive of Petronas from 1980 to 1988 and has been a Petronas director since Nov 1, 2016.

Also mentioned was the name of Petra Energy Bhd executive director and CEO Datuk Anthony @ Firdauz Bujang. He held various positions in Sarawak Shell Berhad such as secretary and adviser to the Major Tenders Board and head of General Contracts and Strategy, Planning and Procurement for Shell Gabon, Republic of Gabon, West Africa.

One other prominent figure whose name cropped was State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Dato Gerawat Gala. He was formerly general manager for Corporate Services of Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd and Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd and was also general counsel for Shell Malaysia group of companies.

He later became a board member and company secretary of Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd, Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd and a few other downstream Shell companies.

Gerawat was formerly company secretary for Shell Refining Company Berhad and member of the country’s management team for Shell Malaysia group of companies.

However, since Abang Johari has said none of the board members are politicians, it is unlikely Gerawat would be appointed to the Petros board.

Other outstanding Sarawakians who are still serving in Petronas include Ruslan Abdul Ghani senior general manager, productions and operations manager, Malaysia Petroleum management, Petronas and Janin Girie country chairman at Petronas Carigali Nile Ltd South Sudan.

Observers believe Petros’ priority now should be to appoint a CEO and chairman capable of bringing forward Sarawak’s agenda in the oil and gas industry.

Here is a quote borrowed from the wisdom of a legal mind: ‘The key will be who is the CEO and chairman. A wrong choice could cause Petros to go sideways instead of forward. Of course, the board collectively needs to drive the agenda’.


CEO: Petronas in ‘active discussion’ with Petros

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is currently in “active discussion” with the Sarawak state-owned oil and gas (O&G) company Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), according to Petronas group chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

“We are currently discussing with Petros on the working arrangement over the O&G reserves in the state that is acceptable to both,” he told reporters after Petronas’ mid-year 2018 review.

In May, the national oil company filed an application to seek a declaration from the Federal Court on matters pertaining to the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) and its position with regard to the regulatory controls of upstream activities in Sarawak.

However, the case was dismissed by the Federal Court to commence proceedings to determine Petronas as the sole authority of all upstream O&G activities in the country, including Sarawak.

Wan Zulkiflee pointed out that Sarawak was the only oil-producing state that Petronas is currently in discussions with, and that the group is not involved in any discussions related to state oil royalties.

“We leave that discussion to the federal government and the states. We are guided by the federal government, which is our shareholder,” he said.

He added that the grace period guided by the Sarawak state government on the working arrangement was until end of next year.

Wan Zulkiflee stressed that it is very important to ensure the long-term sustainability and implications of any changes in the local O&G industry. “At the end of the day, we need to ensure the competitiveness of the industry and continue to attract investments,” he said.

The situation between Petronas and Sarawak came in the wake of Sarawak setting up its own O&G company, Petros, as the regulator of O&G activities in the state based on the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance.


Sarawak needs more to develop infrastructure, rural areas – Abang Johari

Abang Johari (second right) accompanies Taib (third left) upon his departure from the Sarawak Independence Day celebration today.

By Jeremy Veno

KUCHING: Sarawak needs four times the current quantum of allocation from the federal government in order to be able to develop good infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of Sarawak, especially in the rural areas.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg  who spoke at the opening of the Sarawak Independence Day celebration at the Celebration Square, Jalan Stadium today said this is why the state wants it rights over the oil and gas as a channel to derive more revenue for development.

“Our current strong financial reserve is partly the accumulation of revenue from the oil and gas industry on our shores,” said Abang Johari.

Sarawak he added can expect to earn more from the gas industry as the state now have a 10 per cent stake in LNG Train 9 and 25 per cent in LNG 3.

“This money will be given back to the people when we develop our rural water supply, construct more bridges and build more roads instead of just relying on the Federal Government which has the whole country to look after,” he added.

On another note, he also pointed out the victory of the Oil and Gas Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 which gives Sarawak the full regulatory power overall persons and companies, including Petronas, involved in the activities of oil and gas, on shore and offshore, in Sarawak.

“We have gone to the Federal Court against Petronas and the court has declined to give leave to Petronas to declare that OMO 1958 is not valid. This initial victory was the victory of the people of Sarawak,” he added.

OMO 1958 he added is also the main reason why Petros was formed to become the regulatory power over Sarawak’s oil and gas activities.

Abang Johari however assured that the State Government will always be very rational and business friendly in its dealing with Petronas as the national oil company.

“We also want to be always reasonable with all other players in the industry as any attitude to the contrary will not benefit Sarawak and the nation as a whole,” he added.

On another note, Abang Johari also reiterated that there is no need for Sarawak to exit Malaysia.

“Being in Malaysia does not mean that we cannot ask for our legal rights based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Constitution. I believe now with our political independence through GPS we have a better and stronger platform to voice our opinion freely to protect the interest of Sarawak,” he added.

Also present were Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as other state and federal dignitaries.


Registration of GPS expected to be finalised in August – CM

Abang Johari (fourth left) and his wife Juma’ani (centre) and Paulus to his right with other VVIPs at the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 held at Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching.

KUCHING: The registration of Sarawak’s new political platform Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is expected to be finalised in August.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although the new coalition is in the process of registering with the Registrar of Societies, everybody has already acknowledged its existence.

“Walaupun kita belum lagi mendaftar (even though we are not registered yet), God willing it will be finalised by next month (August) – everything will be finalised,” he added.

Abang Johari being welcomed by Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh upon his arrival to attend the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 at Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching. Also seen are Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women and Family Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah (left) and Paulus (behind Abang Johari).

He was speaking at the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 at Grand Margherita Hotel here on Wednesday night.

Present were his wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Sarawak Backbenchers Club chairman Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau assemblyman), state cabinet ministers and assistant ministers and their wives.

Abang Johari said the next thing is for the component parties to promote the coalition and its struggles at the grassroots level.

“This is very hard work among us because one of it is that we are going to chair our party and continue to develop our effort in developing our state,” he said.

On another matter, he mentioned that when an opposition assemblyman came to see him on an announcement he made on road and rural water supply projects costing billions of ringgit, he told him that the Sarawak government had its own formula to finance these projects.

“Thank God, we have a bank – the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) as a conduit for us to finance all these projects and it would be included in our Malaysia Plan. This is something of a new model and I believe that we are the only state government with that model- the other states do not have it.

“With that, we do not have a problem in developing our state and from that perspective, I believe that we are able to deliver whatever we promise to our people.

“The question of state revenue, I think, the next session I will tell you the detail of how we can increase our revenue.”

Abang Johari said that it was also a blessing in disguise “in our new amended oil and mining ordinance that we have extra stream of revenue that we can get while at the same time we are able to get Sarawakians to participate in oil and gas not only downstream but also upstream”.

He said the Sarawak government had made an arrangement after a discussion with Petronas and Petros when they came to see him for mutual benefits of all parties when extracting oil and gas in the state with direct participation by foreign companies.

“If there is a direct participation by foreign companies with Petronas, it has to inform the Sarawak government. If there is direct participation with Petros, the Sarawak government will inform Petronas,” he said.

Abang Johari lauded the extraordinary performance of every backbencher at the just-concluded session of the State Legislative Assembly held from July 9 to 18.

“I have to say that every time I went down to the chambers, the enthusiasm and the research done by the backbenchers on the subject of their argument particularly on the subject of Sarawak Land Code as well as the Sarawak Oil and Mining Ordinance (impressed me).

“These two subjects are very dear to Sarawakians, firstly on the subject of Land Code – a drastic approach that had been taken and I must congratulate Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri (Datuk Amar Dr) James Jemut Masing as both of them were in the committee and in particular the secretariat under Datu Jaul Samion – all have done their work very well,” he said.


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