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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.


Three-in-one fuel stations in Sarawak to offer fossil fuels, electricity and hydrogen

KUCHING: Sarawak plans to set up three-in-one fuel stations catering for vehicles powered by fossil fuel, electricity and hydrogen fuel cells.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said five stations will be built initially, starting at the end of this year.

“I have directed Petros (Petroleum Sarawak Bhd) and the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to set up three-in-one refuelling stations throughout the state.

“That is our next move,” he told reporters after launching Sarawak Energy Bhd’s (SEB) integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station here on Monday (May 27).

Abang Johari said the hydrogen plant and refuelling station – touted as the first in South-East Asia – were in line with the state government’s green energy agenda.

He said Sarawak, with five hydropower dams, had the potential to produce hydrogen from water as an alternative source of energy.

“The Sarawak government is going in the direction of green energy. We have hydropower, now we are producing hydrogen.

“This is still under research but we believe over time, there will be new technology that will make the process cheaper,” he said.
Abang Johari also said Sarawak could potentially export hydrogen in the future.

“There is already interest shown by one country to invest and set up a plant to produce hydrogen and they buy it back. This country wants to replace nuclear fuel with hydrogen,” he said, adding that he could not reveal the country as the matter was still being negotiated.

Earlier, 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.

At present, three buses operated by SEDC and two cars in SEB’s corporate fleet will be served by the facility.

“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,” Abdul Hamed 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


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.


Bidayuh oil and gas veteran picked as Petros CEO, industry sources say

OIL industry veteran Saau Kakok is expected to head Sarawak-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) after months of searching for a chief executive officer, industry sources say.

Saau, who was former special projects vice-president for Asia of the US-based independent oil company Hess Corporation, is the man Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has headhunted for the job and was not among the numerous applicants for the post, they said.

The 64 year-old is one of only a handful of Bidayuh oil and gas executives holding very senior positions in a multi-national petroleum company.

According to his profile on his LinkedIn page, he resigned from his vice-president position at Hess at the end of last year.

Abang Johari on Sunday said he has found “the right person for the job” and gave only one hint – that the person was a Bidayuh with experience in oil and gas industry.

The Bidayuh are the second largest of state’s ethnic tribes.

Petroleum-rich Sarawak formed Petros last year amid long-standing unhappiness over the 5% oil and gas royalty the state receives from the federal government. Sarawak has been demanding that the amount be increased to 20%.

The state government said Petros would be of “equal status” as national oil company Petronas and was meant to protect Sarawak’s interest in the industry by allowing it to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within Sarawak waters.

Oil and gas executives have told The Malaysian Insight that Saau was indeed picked for the job as the native of Ulu Padawan, located just outside Kuching the state capital, was a person with vast experience in the industry.

“It’s Saau. We are positive it’s him as he has been having a few meetings with Petros board chairman Hamid Bugo over the position this week,” an executive said.

Saau joined Hess in 2011 as vice-president of global new business development.

He completed his tertiary education at University of Malaya, graduating with honours in a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1977.

Like many Sarawakians, he first joined the oil and gas industry via Shell.

His LinkedIn page stated his last position at Shell as vice-president of Shell EP International Ltd, a position he held from 2007 to 2009.

In Hess, Saau has held several positions including vice-president for Asia-Pacific, as a director in Hess Malaysia and Thailand Ltd, in Hess Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd and in Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Limited.

He was with the London-based Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Ltd from January 2014 to December 31, 2016.

Wilfred Nissom, one of his former teachers at the Dragon Secondary School (later renamed SMK Tun Abdul Razak), described Saau as “very sharp but quiet and humble”.

He also remembered Sauu as being a good athlete who had represented the school as a long-distance runner in inter-school sports meets.

The Malaysian Insight was also told by industry sources that the “humble” Saau had expressed that he was not good enough for the job and had asked Hamid to look for someone else.

Last November, Hamid said the Petros board was in the midst of screening 40 applications for the post that was advertised in local and national newspapers.

The other members of the Petros board are Bintulu Port Holdings CEO Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sarawak Energy Bhd CEO Sharbini Suhaili, former Shell Gas & Power Malaysia managing director Heng Hock Cheng and Sarawak Public Works Department director Zuraimi Sabki.

All of them had served in various capacities in the oil and gas industry. – February 14, 2018.


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.


CM: My initiatives will propel the state

Abang Johari taps the tablet to symbolically launch Leader’s Digest, witnessed by Morshidi (third right), Sabariah (right), Segaren (on Abang Johari’s right) and others. – Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is confident that all the initiatives he has announced thus far will propel Sarawak forward.

He said as a leader, one must be willing to take risks, much like what he has done in setting up Sarawak’s very own petroleum company Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

“It is not easy to announce Petros due to factors such as its status and the laws that are involved.

“But I dare to take the risk because I believe that we have the legal argument in our favour, and I think we are on the right track because we feel that our legal position is very clear in the Constitution and it is the supreme law of the federation,” he said at the Leadership Institute’s Appreciation Night held here last night.

Abang Johari recalled that since he launched Petros, it has caused quite a stir throughout the whole country.

“I was even informed by my friend in Singapore today (yesterday) that the Straits Times there has a whole page about Sarawak gaining control of oil and gas,” he said with a chuckle.

He also reiterated that with the establishment of Petros, Sarawak would have regulatory control over its oil and gas and that industry players would have to comply with the state’s laws.

“It’s just like having your own land and title but if you want to build a house on your land, you would need approval from the government first. If the government says you need to amend the plan, then you have to do so even if it’s your land.

“The same applies with our oil. Sarawak has the right on its land and if Shell, for example, wants to put a platform here, they have to ask us. It is that simple and that is the right of the government,” he stressed.

He also informed that when he first took office as chief minister, he pledged that he would do his best to protect Sarawak.

“I believe I have that power in me and this is what leadership is all about. We must be daring enough to bring changes to ourselves and the country.”

During the dinner, Abang Johari also launched the Leader’s Digest – a fortnightly in-house publication which features a collection of articles on leadership and professional development.

Also present were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, who is also Leadership Institute executive director, and the institute’s chief operating officer Segaren Arumugam.


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.


Sejarah industri minyak, gas Sarawak bermula dengan telaga ‘Old Lady’

Telaga minyak pertama di Sarawak yang dikenali sebagai 'Old Lady' di Miri mula beroperasi pada 22 Disember 1910.

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KUCHING: Sejarah perjalanan Sarawak dalam industri minyak dan gas bermula dengan pengoperasian telaga minyak pertama yang dikenali sebagai “Old Lady” di Miri pada 22 Disember 1910.

Kilang penapisan minyak pertama Sarawak dibina Shell di Tanjung Lobang, Miri, dan kemudiannya berpindah ke Lutong, Miri.

Pada 1920, Rajah mengeluarkan apa yang dikenali sebagai “Perintah Konsesi Shell” yang menetapkan kawasan di Miri sebagai penerokaan dan perlombongan minyak oleh Sarawak Oilfields Limited, dimiliki Shell.

Pada 1930-an, Belanda dan British memulakan penerokaan luar pesisir minyak Baram.

Pada 1952, kerajaan penjajah Sarawak mengeluarkan pajakan minyak dalam bentuk surat ikatan kepada Medan Minyak Sarawak, memberikan syarikat kebebasan, hak dan keistimewaan untuk meneroka dan mengendalikan semua petroleum yang terletak di dalam atau di bawah atau di seluruh wilayah yang terdiri daripada jajahan Sarawak, termasuk tanah di bawah semua perairan wilayah.

Pada 1954, Queen-in-Council meluluskan Perintah Sarawak (Perubahan Sempadan) untuk memperluaskan sempadan Sarawak bagi memasukkan dasar laut dan tanah bawahnya yang terletak di bawah laut bersebelahan perairan wilayah Sarawak.

Pada 1958, Majlis Negeri (kini dikenali sebagai Dewan Undangan Negeri) meluluskan Ordinan Perlombongan Minyak bagi menyediakan peruntukan lebih baik dalam undang-undang berkaitan perlombongan minyak di Sarawak dan pelantar benuanya.

Pada 1960, penerokaan berkembang dari darat ke luar pesisir, dengan Orient Explorer menjadi pelantar penggerudian mudah alih pertama yang digunakan.

Pada 1963, medan Baram menjadi medan luar pesisir pertama, dan pada 1965, Miri menjadi bandar pertama dengan sistem paip gas.

Pada 1968, West Lutong mengeluarkan minyak luar pesisir pertamanya.

Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd diperbadankan pada 1978, dan kargo eksport pertama dihantar pada Januari 1983.

Pada 1979, Terminal Minyak Mentah Bintulu menjadi projek perindustrian utama pertama memulakan pembinaan di Tanjung Kidurong, dan pada tahun berikutnya, Asean Bintulu Fertiliser ditubuhkan dan mula beroperasi pada 1985.

Pada 1986, Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis, loji gas kepada cecair (GTL) pertama dunia diperbadankan dan mula beroperasi pada 1993.

Pada 2016, kemudahan pertama LNG terapung di dunia oleh Petronas menghasilkan gas pertamanya dan pada 2017, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) milik kerajaan negeri diperbadankan.

Abang Johari: Sarawak kini berkuasa penuh ke atas industri minyak, gas


Minyak dan gas bertahan maksimum 17 tahun

PETRA JAYA: Pengeluaran minyak dan gas Sarawak dianggarkan mampu bertahan antara 15 hingga 17 tahun akan datang berdasarkan kadar pengeluaran 5,000 juta kaki padu gas standard sehari (MMSCFD).

Menteri Muda Hubungan Korporat, Abdullah Saidol, berkata anggaran tempoh pengeluaran minyak dan gas itu dilakukan berdasarkan piawaian nisbah rizab kepada pengeluaran.

“Justeru, adalah penting bagi kerajaan negeri kembali mengawal sumber terbabit melalui PETROS, termasuk menguatkuasakan pengawasan dan melindungi kepentingan minyak dan gasnya.

“Sehingga kini, pendapatan yang dijangka diperoleh Sarawak bagi sumber minyak dan gas adalah dalam lingkungan RM3 hingga RM4 bilion setahun.

“Kerajaan negeri konsisten mengekalkan permintaan menaikkan royalti minyak sebanyak 20 peratus,” katanya ketika menjawab soalan Aidel Lariwoo (GPS- Sadong Jaya), di Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak, di Kompleks DUN Sarawak, di sini hari ini.

Abdullah ketika mengulas lanjut, berkata Sarawak mempunyai 52.7 peratus rizab negara yang diketahui, selain berperanan menjadi pengeluar gas asli terbesar negara.

“Sarawak juga menjadi penyumbang terbesar melalui aliran pendapatan di loji Bintulu. Kerajaan negeri memberi mandat kepada PETROS untuk memainkansebagai pengawal selia utama dan menjadi pemain aktif dalam Kontrak Pengeluaran Bersama (PSC) gas di negeri ini,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, PETROS akan memperkukuhkan pengawasan sumber gas menerusi Strategi Jaringan Bersepadu bertujuan mengimbangi bekalan huluan dengan penggunaan hiliran.

“Ketika ini, tumpuan PETROS adalah mensasarkan penyertaan PSC untuk menjana pendapatan di Sarawak. Tindakan itu penting kerana PSC sekarang ini dikawal sepenuhnya oleh PETRONAS,” katanya.


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