Petronas warned of July 1 being the cut-off date

EVERYBODY knows that national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has been losing its clout in Sarawak in the last few years. It came to light in 2016 when Sarawak issued a moratorium on all new applications for work permits for staff outside the state, including Petronas.

It was reported that the state government’s decision was prompted by complaints from Petronas officers from Sarawak whose services were terminated or retrenched because of the downturn in the oil price.

In April last year, Sarawak announced the setting up of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), a company that would enable Sarawak to actively participate in oil and gas (O&G) extraction activities in the state.

Petronas since then has said that it has had a series of discussions with the state, but there is not much progress.

In the last one year, Sarawak has embarked on several initiatives that would see Petros come into force from July this year.

The grim reminder came in an official letter from Sarawak Attorney General (AG) Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid to Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin on June 13.

The letter stated that starting from July 1, the state government would regulate the downstream and upstream O&G industry in accordance to state laws, including the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO), the Land Code of Sarawak and the Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

The letter stated that Petronas has to comply with the state laws for the exploration, prospecting and mining of petroleum including natural gas, and the distribution of gas within the state.

“Any such activities and the use or occupation of state land, both onshore and offshore, carried out without the required licences or leases issued under the state laws after July 1 would be deemed illegal and appropriate action would be taken,” the letter stated.

Petronas was told to liaise “immediately” with the Sarawak state-owned oil exploration company Petros to discuss arrangements on the exploration and prospect of mining petroleum and natural gas in the state.

The letter also stated that the state government would be holding a dialogue session with all persons or companies involved in upstream and downstream O&G activities in Sarawak.

Petronas responded on May 22, more than a month after the issuance of the letter from the Sarawak AG and two weeks into the formation of a new government at the federal level under Pakatan Harapan.

Petronas issued a lengthy letter stating that the company disagreed with the state on its authority over the exploration and mining activities of O&G resources.

“Petronas is not required to apply for any such licences or leases from the state under the OMO … there is no requirement for Petronas to liase with Petros. In all instances, Petronas fully reserves its rights in respect of the foregoing,” the three-page letter ended.

Petronas, in essence, disagreed with Sarawak’s contention that the state was not covered by the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA).

In outlining details, Petronas said that the PDA had vested in it exclusive powers to regulate upstream O&G activities throughout Malaysia and that no other body had such powers.

“The OMO was superceded by the PDA, which by necessary implication repealed the OMO,” the letter said.

It also said that the Sarawak government had entered into an arrangement, in March 1975, vesting in Petronas the ownership of petroleum resources both offshore and onshore in return for agreed cash to the state government.

Petronas also wrote that the OMO was a pre-Malaysia Day law and that under the Malaysia Act 1963, the OMO is to be treated as a federal law since the ordinance pre-dates the formation of Malaysia.

This means that from then on, the Sarawak government could no longer consider itself the authority under the ordinance, Petronas stated.

Since the letter was issued, there were no major developments until June 4, when Petronas filed a case seeking a declaration from the Federal Court that it is the exclusive owner of petroleum resources in the country, as well as the only regulator of upstream activities nationwide, including in Sarawak.

It is worth noting that Sarawak has also issued a handbook on “The Regulatory and Basic Procedures of the Oil & Gas Industry in Sarawak”.

The handbook says that the O&G industry in Sarawak will be experiencing regulatory adjustment in consequence of the state reclaiming its constitutional authority to regulate the mining and production of petrochemicals, as well as the distribution of gas in Sarawak.

It says that the aim of the handbook is to give industry players clear and comprehensive guidance to help them understand and apply all relevant state legislations when operating in Sarawak.

“The state government will exercise its regulatory powers in a manner that would not jeopardise the interest and investment of those who have already been operating in Sarawak,” the handbook states.

The role of Petros is also laid out in the handbook, including to assist the state government to issue exploration, prospecting and mining licences.

It points out that Petros is to be a major revenue contributor to the Sarawak state through active participation as a major player in the exploitation and utilisation of petrochemicals in Sarawak.

There has been growing dissatisfaction in the Sabah and Sarawak governments over the years on oil royalties, despite the fact that the bulk of Petronas’ hydrocarbons are derived from the two states.

Things between Sarawak and Petronas started to heat up last year when Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the formation of Petros.

Wan Zulkiflee then responded that he welcomed any involvement by state government entities in the O&G business, but it has to be within the PDA.

He said that under the PDA, Petronas is the custodian and manager of the O&G resources in Malaysia.

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The Petronas-Sarawak oil intrigue

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/06/09/petronas-warned-of-july-1-being-the-cutoff-date/

Petronas gets tested by Sarawak’s Petros

As higher oil prices lifted the profit of Petronas Nasional Bhd by more than 100% at the end of its second quarter, it does appear that the vagaries of the oil and gas sector have found some stability.

Oil prices have found stability of late after a period of volatility that saw a number of oil and gas companies endure pain none had seen for years prior to the crash in oil prices in 2014.

With profits on the mend, thanks in part to better cost management, Petronas declared a higher dividend of RM16bil to the Government after its second quarter financial results were announced last month.

With more money to dish out, it then appears the time has come for not only the service providers to ask for greater clarity in the jobs they can expect ahead, but also for states where oil is being produced from.

Sarawak, which has long asked for a greater share of oil revenues from production activities in the state, has decided to set up its own oil and gas company called Petroleum Sarawak (Petros).

Indications are that the state is looking for Petros, which was in the works for some time and before Petronas’ profits had bounced, to be an equal partner with Petronas for oil activities in the state, which will dramatically change the dynamics of the oil industry in the state and also the country.

But the move by Petros is not the first by a state in demanding a greater share of oil revenues from Petronas.

Terengganu, which has a big oil and gas industry, used to receive nearly RM6bil a year in royalties from Petronas but that was ended in the year 2000.

Reports are that the state and Petronas are back discussing the return of royalties to the state.

Apart from states asking for a greater share of oil revenue, the Government too has in the past made moves to expand to role of companies engaged in the oil and gas business in the country.

Jawala Corp, Crest Petroleum and Ranhill Bhd once formed a consortium to get involved in the country’s oil and gas space through the drilling in marginal oilfields.

The creation of the consortium came after the tabling of Budget 2004 where an approval was given to a private consortium to drill for oil in marginal fields.

The stance taken by Petronas then with regard to the consortium entering the oil and gas space was the same taken by the company when it deals with requests from states for more money.

It was reported that Petronas president and group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin recently said that he welcomes any involvement by state government entities in the oil and gas (O&G) business, but it has to be within the Petroleum Development Act (PDA).

“We have a strong relationship with the Sarawak government, as such, we welcome its participation in the O&G industry.

“But we also have regulations in place, of which under the PDA, Petronas is the custodian and manager of the O&G resources in Malaysia,” he told reporters at a briefing on Petronas’ mid-year results recently.

Wan Zulkiflee adds in the report that the partnership with Petros could be similar to other Petronas partnerships, either as service providers or as a partner under the production sharing contract (PSC).

“Discussions are ongoing with the Sarawak state government,” he said when asked about the potential partnership between Petronas and Petros.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg officially announced last month the formation of Petros, with a target for the company to be operational in the first quarter of next year.

“The formation of Petros is an unprecedented step taken by the state government to enable Sarawak to actively participate in the extraction of oil and gas in Sarawak while still pursuing its request for a 20% royalty from Petronas,” he says.

The pressure Sarawak can put on Petronas has been evident in the past. As employees in Sarawak need work permits, even for those from Peninsular Malaysia, the state had in the past wielded that right as it pursued that in the past.

In August last year, Petronas issued a press release citing its concerns over a moratorium imposed by the Sarawak state government on all new applications for work permits for Petronas’ employees from outside Sarawak to work in the state.

“Petronas believes the decision, announced over the weekend, may have been made based on the misperception that Petronas’ recent group-wide business restructuring had unfairly impacted its employees from Sarawak.

“Sarawak remains a key investment state for Petronas, where its workforce requirement will continue to grow. Petronas expects the majority of the workforce required to meet the new manpower demand will constitute Sarawakians, as per existing recruitment practices. A number of positions is expected to be filled by experienced employees, which may include non-Sarawakians,” it said then in a statement.

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Search for Petros CEO intensifies

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/09/09/petronas-gets-tested-by-sarawaks-petros/

Higher inflation

THE already high cost of living is about to get higher in the coming months and Malaysians should brace themselves for it.

Why? Crude oil prices are rising. From June 21, when prices were at the lowest for the year, to Sept 14, Brent, the global benchmark, has jumped 21.56% while the US benchmark WTI has risen 16.13%.

When crude oil prices broke the US$50 a barrel level late last year and into this year, consumers felt the pinch. Headline inflation was at its highest led by transportation and fuel costs in March before tapering off as oil prices dropped into a trading range in the low to mid-US$40s.

Brent has gone back to above US$50 and should WTI break above the US$50 level, there is a possibility it will go back to the mid-US$50 trading levels. Transportation and fuel costs will rise in tandem and this will have a spillover effect on other prices.

Because of the high-base effect (inflation was rising late last year into this year), it looks like inflation is moderating when comparisons are made. But when volatile fuel and food prices are stripped off from the consumer price index, core inflation, which reflects the prevalence of inflation, is actually rising.

The grouses of consumers, despite the best efforts of policymakers to explain, are real where prices are concerned. The high cost of living, coupled with low wages, will mean that households that spend the better portion of their income on necessities such as food, housing and transportation, will feel the impact even more.

The economy looks like growing at a healthy pace this year versus the doom-and-gloom at the beginning of the year. But the growth rate is not reflected in consumer sentiment.

Will the unexpectedly good performance of the economy this year reflect in the wages of ordinary wage earners in the coming year? Because it is of no use to say that the economy is growing when the benefits do not trickle down to wage earners.

Samling, a trail blazer?

THE oil and gas (O&G) industry may not be exciting in Peninsular Malaysia, but it sure is sizzling in Sarawak.

The Samling group this week increased further its interest in Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd to 13.19%, underling its interest in the O&G company. It does not take much to guess the interest of Samling group in Barakah – it obviously has to do with the greater development of the O&G industry in the state.

Last month, the state set up its very own version of Petronas – Petros Sarawak. Petros is now actively looking for a chief executive and other key officials to drive the organisation.

All O&G-related jobs in Sarawak will likely be channelled through Petros.

As this is unfolding, obviously Sarawak-controlled O&G companies would stand a better chance to bag jobs from Petros.

At the moment, there are not many large O&G companies from Sarawak. And it would be futile to build one from scratch when there are many O&G companies that are going for a song.

Two years ago, nobody would have been able to buy into an O&G company such as Barakah at such low valuations. Today, it is very possible because the peninsula-based O&G companies are fighting for a small pool of jobs.

Margins are low and many have assets that are left idle with a bank loan to service.

The time is ripe for more merger and acquisition activities in the O&G sector.

For companies such as Samling that made its fortune in timber, switching focus to the O&G sector with the help of Petros is apt.

Timber is a tough industry, as the easy logging concessions have all been taken up. The O&G sector is not easy. But valuations are low and good companies with strong manpower are up for sale at a bargain.

So, is the Samling group’s move into Barakah just the start of a new acquisition trail?

A Geely CEO for Proton

TO those following the developments of Proton Holdings Bhd, they should not be surprised at the latest development.

The new chief executive of the company that produces the national model will be from Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd. The person will replace Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali from Sept 30 onwards.

This will mark the first time that a foreigner would be holding the CEO’s post in Proton, a post that would effectively make him (or her) the head of production operations.

The other key positions such as chairman and the head of Proton Edar – the marketing and distribution arm of Proton – are still held by Malaysians.

As a 49% shareholder in Proton, Geely certainly is entitled to nominate its representative to Proton.

The automotive group from China has put in its money for its stake. It has the right to see that its interest is taken care of.

Not to be forgotten is that Proton was bleeding DRB-Hicom to the extent that the local automotive group had to seek financial assistance from the government. The losses were close to RM1bil per annum at a critical stage.

It was at this juncture that Geely came into the picture.

Going forward, if a change in guard at the helm can help Proton turn around, then it is something that should be welcomed.

After all, we have tried local talent and it has not worked.

So, let’s give the new strategic shareholder a chance, even if it means putting its representative as the CEO.

For long, Proton cars’ quality has been viewed unfavourably. That is one of the reasons why it has not been able to capture a bigger share of the local market.

Hopefully, with a new strategic shareholder and a new man at the helm – even though the person is a foreigner – the view on Proton cars will change, and the fortunes of the company with it.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/09/16/higher-inflation-samling-a-trail-blazer-a-geely-ceo-for-proton/

Tussle for O&G resources

Petronas and Sarawak at loggerheads over control of petroleum rights

PETALING JAYA: In a move seen as a challenge to Sarawak’s claim over petroleum ownership, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has gone to court to declare that, under the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), it is the exclusive owner of oil and gas resources in Malaysia.

The national oil corporation on Monday announced that it had filed an application before the Federal Court seeking for a declaration on the PDA being the law applicable for the petroleum industry in the country.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Sarawak state Government said it will defend its rights in court. (see story in Page 2)

The application by Petronas stated that the national oil company was the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources as well as the regulator for the upstream industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak.

“Petronas believes that the determination by the Federal Court would help provide clarity on its rights and position under the PDA,” the group said in a statement.

“Petronas remains committed to support Sarawak’s aspiration to participate in the oil and gas (O&G) industry in the state, for as long as it is within the framework of the PDA,” it added.

The move by Petronas came just a month before the Sarawak government is expected to assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream operations and activities of the O&G industry in the state by July this year.

Sarawak established its own O&G company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), last year. At the launch of the company in March this year, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Petros would spearhead the state’s participation in the strategic O&G industry to boost state development, adding that Petros would be granted the rights to mine O&G in the state.

Abang Johari recently also said all companies or persons involved in the O&G industry must henceforth have the necessary licences, leases and approvals required either under the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 or Sarawak Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

Sarawak, as well as Sabah, had long been seeking for their O&G royalties be increased to 20%.

Both states currently receive royalties of around 5% from Petronas for O&G revenues.

However, Abang Johari recently lamented that the state government’s request to Petronas for an increase in oil royalty to 20% had proved to be difficult to secure.

“That is why the state government started petroleum company Petros to develop our oil resources using our own means,” Abang Johari said.

“By having our own petroleum company, we will chart our own development agenda,” he added.

Prior to winning the 14th general election last month, Pakatan Harapan had pledged to give O&G-producing states a “reasonable sum” for royalties if it took over the federal government. Under this election manifesto, O&G royalties to Sabah and Sarawak would be raised to 20%.

Meanwhile, in September last year, Petronas president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said while he welcomed any involvement by state government entities in the O&G business, all activities must comply with the PDA.

“We have a strong relationship with the Sarawak government, as such, we welcome its participation in the O&G industry. But we also have regulations in place, of which under the PDA, Petronas is the custodian and manager of the O&G resources in Malaysia,” he said.

Wan Zulkiflee noted that the partnership with Petros could be similar to other Petronas partnerships, either as service providers or as a partner under the production sharing contract.

When asked about the potential partnership between Petronas and Petros, Wan Zulkiflee said: “Discussions are ongoing with the Sarawak government.”

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/06/05/tussle-for-og-resources/

Sarawak to further develop capabilities in oil and gas

KUCHING: Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) will embrace state-of-the-art technologies in its exploration and extraction of oil and gas, as it looks to become a major player in the region.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state-owned O&G company, set up last year, will undertake development of marginal fields not explored by giant oil and gas corporations.

Abang Johari, who was in Oman last week to study the latest technology used in its upstream oil and gas industry, said he was impressed with the drilling technology that was done electronically using data analytics.

All retrieved data of the hydrocarbon profiles, including depth and volume, were analysed and delivered immediately through data technology, thus saving time and money.

“Petros will use the best technology and methods available to study our hydrocarbon reserves.

“We will optimise data analytics as well as adopt the latest technology to maximise our capabilities in the exploration of oil and gas, both onshore and offshore.

“We have the human capital and capability but we must continue to learn, adopt and keep abreast with the latest technology if we are to become an active player in the next two years,” he said at the E6 DP-A Topside and Substructure project completion and loadout ceremony here.

Abang Johari said Petros will work with other companies and vendors including Petronas in its oil and natural gas exploration activities.

Meanwhile the E6 platform, to be operated by Sarawak Shell Bhd, was fabricated by Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation at its Sejingkat Yard at Jalan Bako.

Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo said the contract was awarded to Brooke Dockyard on Sept 5, 2016, for the fabrication of 1,450 tonne topside and 1,500 tonne jacket for the E6 field development project.

He said Brooke Dockyard had exceeded expectations by achieving mechanical completion within 13 months and clocking 1.2 million injury-free work hours.

Brooke Dockyard chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg said the corporation, throughout its 30-year relationship with Sarawak Shell, had undertaken and completed 20 projects including four offshore living quarters, five substructures, seven topsides, one subsea template, two rejuvenation pre-fabrication works and a helideck within Sarawak waters.

Brooke Dockyard has 400 personnel that, 99% of whom are Sarawakians.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/01/26/sarawak-to-further-develop-capabilities-in-oil-and-gas/

Petros gets 40 applications from Sarawakians for CEO

KUCHING: Some 40 applicants – all Sarawakians – are eyeing the post of chief executive officer (CEO) at newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros).

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said the applicants included those who are currently working for Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Shell as well as local and foreign oil and gas (O&G) companies. Some of the applicants are working abroad.

“We are now in the process of categorising the applicants. We may go for psychometric tests for them.

“It will take a while for us to pick the CEO. We have to choose the best among them,” he added when asked by reporters yesterday at the Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) headquarters, where chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced that SEB was spearheading research in hydrogen and fuel cells for commercial applications.

Hamid said Petros had advertised the CEO post in the newspapers, as this was the fairest way to enable anyone who is interested to apply.

Petros is also recruiting other key management executives to enable it to be operation-ready by the first quarter of 2018.

Hamid was non-committal on whether the operational deadline set by the Government could be met, but is confident that it should start operations in first half-2018.

The primary objective of setting up Petros is to enable Sarawak to participate in upstream O&G development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of O&G within Sarawak waters. The development of marginal oil fields could be among Petros’ undertakings.

Earlier, the chief minister said the Sarawak government had allocated RM5mil initially for SEB to conduct the hydrogen and fuel cell research, which formed an integral part of the Government’s new emphasis to develop the state.

Johari said Sarawak aspired to transform the public transportation sector with clean and green technologies, adding that hydrogen and fuel cell technology is known to be clean since water is the only by-product in the process of producing electricity.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/11/08/petros-gets-40-applications-from-sarawakians-for-ceo/

Greater say over natural resource

KUCHING: The newly-launched Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) will spearhead Sarawak’s participation in the strategic oil & gas sector and boost the state’s development.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state-owned oil and gas company must build on its presence in Sarawak to grow and deliver sustainable economic benefits while safeguarding the state’s interests and resources.

“I believe it is important for Petros to be strong, effective and efficient in performing its mandated roles.

“Accordingly, Petros is required to seek guidance from the Sarawak government for broad policy direction in the execution of its strategic roles and responsibilities,” he said when launching the company.

Abang Johari added the state government would issue guidelines to Petros to ensure greater and more meaningful participation by Sarawakians and Sarawak companies in the oil & gas industry.

He said the state government also wanted to see Petros work together with Petronas in the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry.

“Both companies can contribute significantly towards the advancement of the oil and gas industry in Malaysia and the economic progress and prosperity of our nation,” he said.

During the launch, the Chief Minister named Saau Kakok, a Bidayuh with nearly 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, as Petros’ chief executive officer.

Saau’s last position was vice-president for Asia at a United States-based independent oil company.

“Petros is fortunate to gain Saau’s experience, talent and vision. I am confident that he is the right person to lead Petros into the future, adding value to the careers of young Sarawakians while making Petros the best place to work,” Abang Johari said.

Earlier Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said the company’s vision was to be a major player in exploiting and utilising energy resources.

“We see our role eventually as an active, fully integrated oil and gas operator across the value chain – upstream, midstream as well as downstream.

“We also see Petros as the catalyst for fuelling Sarawak’s growth by developing and utilising the state’s oil and gas resources domestically.”

Hamid also said Petros planned to collaborate with other companies in the industry and several proposals were in the pipeline.

“I hope players in the oil and gas industry will not regard Petros as a disruptive competitor but as a facilitator and collaborator, a government-linked entity that sees value in working together.”

Hamid added that Saau would join Petros in April while all essential staff would be recruited by the end of the year.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/03/08/greater-say-over-natural-resource-petros-will-be-a-major-player-in-the-development-of-sarawaks-oil-a/

Sarawak spells out rules on O&G ops and activities

State to assume full regulatory authority by July

KUCHING: Sarawak will assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream operations and activities of the oil and gas (O&G) industry by July this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said all companies or persons involved in the O&G industry must henceforth have the necessary licences, leases and approvals required either under the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 or Sarawak Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

“In other words, their operations and activities are required to comply with all state laws, including those related to the use and occupation of land,” he added when launching state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) here on Tuesday night.

However, Abang Johari said the enforcement of state laws would not jeopardise the interests or investments of national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and other companies already involved in the state’s O&G industry.

Sarawak has got back control over the exploitation of O&G resources, one of the key issues and part of the ongoing broader talks on the devolution of power between the state and federal governments.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak agreed to return to Sarawak power that had been inadventently eroded over the years.

“Sarawak has the constitutional rights to issue prospecting licences and mining leases under Item 2(c) of the State List in the Federal Constitution’s Ninth Schedule.

“The federal government’s rights to develop mineral resources under Item 8(j) of the Federal List in the Ninth Schedule is subject to Item 2(c) of the State List.”

According to Abang Johari, the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 was never repealed by emergency laws when the 1969 Proclamation of Emergency was in force and annulled in 2011.

He said the state cabinet had approved a bill to amend the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 to update the provisions and provide for better enforcement in the next session of the state legislative assembly in July.

The Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016 will come into force on July 1 this year.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said Petros would spearhead Sarawak’s participation in the strategic O&G industry to boost state development. Petros will be granted the rights to mine O&G in the state.

He also announced the appointment of Saau Kakok, a Bidayuh, with 40 years experience in the O&G industry, as Petros’ chief executive officer.

“Petros is fortunate to gain from Kakok’s experience, talent and vision. I am confident that Kakok is the right person to lead Petros into the future,” Abang Johari said.

It was earlier reported that some 40 candidates were eyeing for the Petros CEO post.

Kakok, 64, joined New York City-based exploration and production company Hess Corp as vice-president of global new business development in 2011.

He has served as a director in Hess Malaysia and Thailand Ltd, Hess Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd and Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Ltd.

Kakok was Shell EP International Ltd’s vice-president from 2007 to 2009.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said Kakok would take up his appointment next month.

Bugo said Petros planned to have all essential staff recruited and to commence operations by the end of the year.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/03/08/sarawak-spells-out-rules-on-og-ops-and-activities/

Sarawak welcomes dismissal of Petronas’ case over state oil rights

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has welcomed the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss Petronas’ application for leave to commence proceedings to determine that the national oil company is the sole regulatory authority of all upstream oil and gas activities in the country, including Sarawak.

The Chief Minister’s Office said the decision paved the way for the Sarawak government to enforce its state laws from July 1 as announced earlier this year.

“Our Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) would like to thank our state legal team and all Sarawakians for their solid support and prayers for Sarawak to exercise its constitutional rights related to oil and gas activities in Sarawak,” the office said in a statement on Friday (June 22).

It added that Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) would be given the appropriate powers to implement the state’s Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958.

Earlier on Friday, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop rejected Petronas’ application of leave to commence proceedings against the state government in Federal Court.

He held that the declarations sought by Petronas did not come within the jurisdiction of the Federal Court and should have been brought before the High Court instead.

Petronas had sought declarations that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) applied to the regulatory control of upstream activities in Sarawak and that it repealed the OMO by implication.

This came in the wake of Sarawak setting up Petros, its own oil and gas company, as the regulator of oil and gas activities in the state based on the OMO.

Abang Johari had announced in March that Sarawak would assume full regulatory authority over oil and gas activities in the state by July 1.

This would require all persons and companies involved in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak to obtain the necessary licences and permits required by the state’s laws.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/22/sarawak-welcomes-dismissal-of-petronas-case/

Petronas and Petros in discussion over S’wak’s O&G resources

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

“We are currently discussing with Petros on the working arrangement that is mutually acceptable for 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 oil and gas activities in the country, including Sarawak.

Wan Zulkiflee pointed out that Sarawak is the only oil-producing state that Petronas is currently in discussion and that the group is not involved in any discussion in regards to oil royalties.

“We leave that discussion between 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 given by Sarawak is until end of next year.

Wan Zulkiflee stressed that it is very important to ensure the long-term sustainability of the local oil and gas industry.

The situation between Petronas and Sarawak came n the wake after Sarawak setting up its own oil and gas company, Petros, as the regulator of oil and gas activities in the state based on Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO). 

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/08/30/petronas-and-petros-in-discussion-over-swak-og/

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