Vital approach in MA63 talks

High level committee at federal level augurs well for negotiations on oil royalty, state autonomy — CM

Abang Johari (centre) leading the ‘Hidup PBB’ chant after closing the 14th PBB Convention at the BCCK yesterday.

KUCHING: The announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that a high level committee will be set up at the federal level to address matters on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is an important move to resolve delicate issues such as oil royalty and state autonomy.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this at a press conference after closing the 14th PBB Convention at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

“The announcement by Datuk Seri Najib has opened up a new chapter in our discussion on the state’s rights with the federal, our stand in the Federal Constitution and our provisions within Malaysia,” he said.

He further said that “All three deputy chief ministers will be in the state’s high level committee to seek resolution on the issue with the federal level”.

Delving further on the matter, Abang Johari said under the Federal Constitution, the permits and licences for mining related activities were clearly under the purview of the state.

“This means, it is the right of the state to approve any mining activities and any companies who are involved in mining related activities, including Petronas, which need to comply with the written rules,” said Abang Johari.

“If any company, like Petronas, wants to mine in Sarawak, they need to comply with the state’s law,” he pointed out, adding that this would be the first time the state government exercise the right.

At the same time, he said Petros, the state’s newly setup oil and gas company, will play an active role in the state’s oil and gas activities. On who will become Petros chief executive officer, Abang Johari revealed that they had found the right person for the job.

“He is a Bidayuh who has experience in oil and gas industry,” he said, but declined to name the person. On the convention, Abang Johari thanked party members from throughout the state for their presence and said many inputs and ideas were received which were valuable in transforming the state’s economy.

“We will look into three important issues, which is cyber connectivity in the state, roads and bridges and also the state water grid system as three important core focus in developing the state towards the digital era,” he said.

“The three important components are vital to go with our continuous effort in training our people as we embrace the digital economy era,” he added.

Abang Johari also said the acknowledgement by Najib that PBB is the strongest party in the state should be a morale booster for members to remain united in the party.

“We should continue to look into the interest of not just members of our party, but everyone in Sarawak as well,” he said.

Later, he said PBB was ready for the coming general election.

“Anytime, we are ready,” he added.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1909

PBB dokong aspirasi anak Sarawak

PERHIMPUNAN Agung Ke-14 Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) di Pusat Konvensyen Borneo Kuching (BCCK) bermula semalam, menyaksikan ketiga-tiga jawatan kepemimpinan utama parti itu tidak dipertandingkan.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg terus diberikan kepercayaan sebagai Presiden PBB, selepas mengambil alih jawatan ‘nombor satu’ itu daripada Allahyarham Tan Sri Adenan Satem atau Tok Nan, yang meninggal dunia akibat komplikasi jantung, 11 Januari tahun lalu.

Jawatan Timbalan Presiden I dan Timbalan Presiden II, masing-masingnya disandang oleh dua orang Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas dan Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan sebagai mewakili sayap Pesaka dan Bumiputera PBB.

Bagi PBB yang juga parti politik kedua terbesar di Malaysia, ia cukup dikenali dengan struktur organisasi tersusun, termasuk penyediaan barisan pelapis bagi meneruskan warisan kepemimpinan berpaksikan semangat toleransi dan kesepakatan.

Menginjak usia penubuhannya ke-45 tahun, ia menempuh perjalanan penuh pengalaman dan pengajaran, sekali gus membantu mendewasakannya, termasuk memastikannya kekal relevan dengan perkembangan semasa.

Berkongsi formula kejayaan itu, Awang Tengah menjelaskan bahawa parti berkenaan sentiasa menerapkan disiplin, ketaatan dan kesetiaan, dengan semua elemen itu cukup difahami dan dihayati seluruh ahli dari peringkat akar umbi hingga kepemimpinannya.

“Ia bukan sekadar pegangan, sebaliknya sebagai perlambangan tradisi PBB sejak penubuhannya pada 5 Januari 1973, melalui penggabungan Parti Pesaka Anak Sarawak (PESAKA) dengan Parti Bumiputera Sarawak (BUMIPUTERA).

Patuh kepada ketua

“Kita dididik agar sentiasa patuh kepada ketua. Mesti ada restu. Jika perlu berkorban demi kepentingan dan kelangsungan parti, kita perlu melakukannya dengan hati terbuka bertepatan dengan slogan PBB, Berkorban Bersatu. Ini bukan bermaksud tiada demokrasi dalam PBB, namun kepentingan parti melebihi kepentingan peribadi,” katanya.

Dalam temu bual eksklusif dengan BH, Awang Tengah menjelaskan budaya parti yang mengutamakan sifat kebertanggungjawaban bersama meletakkan PBB di landasan kukuh sebagai parti dominan BN Sarawak.

“Kita memiliki struktur (kepemimpinan) yang baik. Selain sentiasa patuh pada perlembagaan parti, dari peringkat ranting, cawangan hingga ke perhimpunan agung. Kita ambil kira kepentingan semua pihak, majoriti dan minoriti. PBB sebagai parti utama membentuk kerajaan negeri turut merangka dasar bersifat inklusif,” katanya.

Bagi Awang Tengah juga, PBB lebih daripada sekadar parti politik, sebaliknya institusi kepemimpinan dalam membentuk kelompok pemimpin berwibawa sehingga tidak pernah ketandusan pemimpin baharu.

“Ada sudah menjadi Menteri, Timbalan Menteri (Persekutuan), Menteri Muda (Kabinet Sarawak), ADUN (Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri) dan Ahli Parlimen. PBB juga yang pertama menampilkan calon wanita (dalam pilihan raya). Ini proses kematangan ke arah mewujudkan kesinambungan legasi kepemimpinan dinamik.

“Kita tidak membuat keputusan mengikut emosi, tiada semangat kewilayahan, sentimen perkauman atau keagamaan. Gabungan PESAKA dan Bumiputera menjadikannya PBB cukup inklusif mendokong Dasar Politik Matang. Ibarat payung dalam memperjuangkan hak anak Sarawak. Tidak kiralah Bumiputera atau bukan Bumiputera,” katanya.

Seiring usianya melangkaui empat dekad, PBB kini muncul sebagai parti berorientasikan rakyat, dihormati dan disegani terutama dalam usaha menuntut kembali hak dan kepentingan negeri dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) yang dirintis Tok Nan.

“Ini hak kita seperti termaktub dalam MA63. Berlandaskan Perlembagaan, kita hanya mahukan ia dihormati. Kita bukan mahu bawa Sarawak keluar dari Malaysia. Tok Nan pernah berkata, Sarawak bersama membentuk Malaysia dan sampai bila-bila pun tetap bersama Malaysia.

“Abang Johari juga secara jelas turut mengulangi pendirian sama dalam ucapan penggulunggannya pada Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), 17 November lalu. PBB juga lantang memperjuangkan isu tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera (NCR) kerana menyedari kepentingan tanah NCR kepada masyarakat Bumiputera Sarawak,” katanya.

PETROS ditubuh

Atas inisiatif PBB juga, yang dimulakan oleh Adenan, kepentingan industri petroleum negeri sentiasa dilindungi sehingga menyaksikan PETRONAS bersetuju memberikan kontrak bernilai RM2.1 bilion kepada syarikat anak Sarawak, sekali gus memastikan mereka terbabit secara aktif dalam sektor minyak dan gas di Sarawak.

Awang Tengah turut bersyukur kerana tampuk kepemimpinan negeri kini berpindah tangan kepada Abang Johari sebagai kapten baharu ‘Tim Adenan’, lebih-lebih lagi dengan pengalaman luas beliau sebagai veteran PBB.

Di bawah kepemimpinan Abang Johari, tertubuhnya Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (PETROS) yang cukup signifikan dalam meningkatkan penyertaan anak Sarawak dalam sektor huluan dan hiliran industri petroleum.

“Penubuhan PETROS menunjukkan kesungguhan ketua menteri untuk memastikan penyertaan kita dalam industri minyak dan gas agar lebih bermakna. Ia antara platform pengukuhan ekonomi negeri, selain penubuhan Bank Pembangunan Sarawak (DBOS) dalam memperkasa landskap pembangunan Bumi Kenyalang,” katanya.

Tema ‘Mentranformasikan Sarawak Melalui Ekonomi Digital’ pula memperlihatkan PBB bersiap sedia bergerak seiring dengan perubahan global agar kekal relevan dengan perkembangan semasa.

“Ekonomi Digital itu bukan lagi satu pilihan, sebaliknya keperluan penting seiring ledakan kemajuan bidang teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT). Ya, dalam PBB, walaupun sejarah sentiasa menjadi rujukan atau pedoman, namun keperluan masa depan sentiasa dititikberatkan.

“Konsep Ekonomi Digital perlu difahami dalam konteks sebenar. Perlu ada kesedaran agar mudah kita menerima pembaharuan. Peruntukan RM1 billion untuk meningkatkan prasarana ICT jelas memperlihatkan komitmen kita dalam hal ini, selain tertubuhnya Lembaga Multimedia Sarawak dan Sarawak Pay,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/rencana/komentar/2018/02/386833/pbb-dokong-aspirasi-anak-sarawak

Sarawak CM hints of plans to claim more oil, gas revenue

CHIEF Minister Abang Johari Openg has given another hint that Sarawak will muscle in to claim more revenue from oil and gas for its coffers.

“I already have ideas (on generating more income), but I cannot reveal them today,” said Abang Johari, who is also president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the second-largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, when jointly opening the PBB Women and Youth wings’ triennial delegates’ conference in Kuching today.

“We have oil, we have gas, but we only see other people benefiting from them,” he said in an apparent reference to the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), which takes away gains from the two valuable resources from the state, and the highly contentious royalty payment arrangement, where the federal government gets 95% of revenue from the state’s oil and gas.

The PDA, a law passed by Parliament, gives Petronas the sole right to the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas, whether onshore or offshore, and “the entire ownership, and exclusive rights, powers, liberties and privileges” relating to the resources.

Having already demanded that state gets an increase in royalty to 20%, Abang Johari has spoken about plans to curtail the national petroleum company’s unbridled operations in Sarawak.

They include making Petronas obtain mining permits, as the rights to issue mining leases still rest with the state under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, and the formation of Petroleum Sarawak, a state oil company “to look after the interests of the state”.

Sarawak has also demanded that it gets the first right of refusal in any new development of oil and gas fields.

Abang Johari said he was “very confident” of making Sarawak a developed state by 2030.

“We have set a target. We can meet that target if our revenues are increased… so that we can better develop our cities and rural areas.”

He said this confidence was the reason why he dared disclose plans to build mega projects, like the light rail transit for Kuching and Samarahan, the building of an “internet backbone” in rural Sarawak and the building of a water grid without federal assistance.

The water grid, which involves laying a huge water main through the entire length of the state, could cost between RM7 billion and RM8 billion.

Abang Johari said when such major infrastructure was in place, “then, we can call Sarawak a developed state”.

Gerald Rentap Jabu, the son of former deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu, takes over the helm of the PBB Youth wing from Works Minister Fadillah Yusof, who has stepped down due to his age.

State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Fatimah Abdullah has been made president of the party’s Women’s wing after Empiang Jabu, who is Gerald’s mother, stepped down after 11 years at the helm.

Both Gerald and Fatimah won uncontested. – February 9, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/37040

Jangan jadi `kakitangan parasit’ – Awang Tengah

KUCHING: Semua penjawat awam di Sarawak diingatkan usah menjadi ‘kakitangan parasit’ yang bukan saja tidak memahami dasar pentadbiran kerajaan negeri, malah enggan menjadikannya hala tuju untuk meningkatkan kualiti perkhidmatan mereka.

Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, berkata peringatan itu ditujukan khusus kepada penjawat awam bertugas bawah jabatan dan agensi kerajaan, malah beliau mahu semua dasar dilaksanakan kerajaan negeri difahami serta diadaptasi.

“Ia penting bagi meningkatkan kualiti perkhidmatan dan sistem penyampaian setiap jabatan serta agensi berkaitan, termasuk Gagasan Ekonomi Digital diperkenalkan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg bagi melonjakkan lagi kemajuan Sarawak.

“Jika kita tidak memahami dasar yang menjadi hala tuju kepemimpinan negeri, maka susahlah kita mahu bekerja, seolah-olah kita bekerja sendiri tanpa hala tuju tertentu dan menjadi parasit,” katanya pada Majlis Apresiasi Kementerian Pembangunan Bandar dan Sumber Asli di sini, semalam.

Awang Tengah yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Bandar dan Perancangan Sumber II Sarawak, berkata Abang Johari memiliki wawasan cukup jauh dalam membawa Sarawak mencapai status negeri maju berpendapatan tinggi.

Malah dalam tempoh 325 hari mengambil alih kepemimpinan negeri, katanya, beliau memperkenalkan Gagasan Ekonomi Digital dan mengasaskan penubuhan Bank Pembangunan Sarawak (DBOS), Lembaga Multimedia Sarawak (SMA), Lembaga Pembangunan Hulu Rejang (URDA), Lembaga Pembangunan Tanah Tinggi (HDA) serta Lembaga Pembangunan Wilayah Utara (NRDA).

“Beliau turut menaikkan kadar premium balak kepada RM50 per meter padu berbanding RM0.80, disusuli Projek Pembangunan Darul Hana, Sarawak Pay, Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT), Smart Sarawak, Syarikat Petroleum Sarawak (PETROS), peruntukan RM1 bilion bagi membina hingga 5,000 menara komunikasi di negeri ini dan Sistem Grid Air Negeri,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, antara kejayaan tahun lalu dicapai Kementerian Pembangunan Bandar dan Sumber Asli yang berkaitan dasar kerajaan negeri ialah penambahan keluasan 600,000 hektar kawasan Heart of Borneo (HOB) menjadikannya seluas 2.7 juta hektar.

“Lebih 833,000 hektar tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera (NCR) selesai diukur Jabatan Tanah dan Survei secara perimeter dan 4.32 juta hektar kawasan hutan negeri ini sudah diwartakan sebagai Hutan Simpan Kekal,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/nasional/2018/02/385359/jangan-jadi-kakitangan-parasit-awang-tengah

Sarawakians urged to support govt’s move to embrace digital economy

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (centre) makes his way to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) chamber to deliver his address. He is flanked by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) and DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Awang Asfia Awang Nassar.

KUCHING: Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday urged the people to appreciate and support the effort and initiative undertaken by the government towards digital economy and be prepared to face the challenges.

He said the digital era would provide plenty of opportunities for the people, especially the younger generation, and would definitely change the people’s way of life and how jobs are carried out.

However, he pointed out that while the digital era would also bring opportunities, the people ought to prepare themselves and be resilient.

“The people must be prepared to embrace the economic opportunities and changes brought about by the digital era, but at the same time must also be resilient to face the challenges that it will bring,” Taib said in his address at the State Legislative Assembly special sitting yesterday, held in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

He stressed that such initiative by the government was an important step to chart the state’s economic landscape towards a progressive and sustainable one, adding that the move was a wise and visionary step taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The initiative by the chief minister (Abang Johari) is visionary and in line with the current global economic scenario,” Taib pointed out, adding that the continuous focus on rural transformation was also a wise move.

Taib expressed confidence that the initiative of the government to set up Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) would contribute towards the development and growth of the state’s economy.

The Head of State also pointed out that he was glad that the government, under Abang Johari, still continued to fight for the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), including the state’s exclusive right on the sea territorial boundary and natural resources.

On Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Taib pointed out that it had succeeded in building hydro dams to hasten industrial development in the state.

According to him, SCORE has attracted several investors, particularly in heavy industries, and provided job opportunities to the people, and increased the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from RM550 million in 1963 to RM124 billion in 2016.

During the period, the export value was RM77 billion in 2016 from RM373 million in 1963, and job opportunities rose to 1.2 million in 2016 from 294,000 in 1963, he said.

Taib was also glad to note that the poverty level in the state has declined to 0.6 per cent in 2016 from 56 per cent in 1976.

The Head of State also touched on the racial harmony enjoyed by the people, political stability and the state’s rapid development which he attributed to power sharing.

Related news: State assembly marks 150th anniversary with special sitting

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1890

Sarawakians urged to support govt’s move to embrace digital economy

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (centre) makes his way to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) chamber to deliver his address. He is flanked by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) and DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Awang Asfia Awang Nassar.

KUCHING: Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday urged the people to appreciate and support the effort and initiative undertaken by the government towards digital economy and be prepared to face the challenges.

He said the digital era would provide plenty of opportunities for the people, especially the younger generation, and would definitely change the people’s way of life and how jobs are carried out.

However, he pointed out that while the digital era would also bring opportunities, the people ought to prepare themselves and be resilient.

“The people must be prepared to embrace the economic opportunities and changes brought about by the digital era, but at the same time must also be resilient to face the challenges that it will bring,” Taib said in his address at the State Legislative Assembly special sitting yesterday, held in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

He stressed that such initiative by the government was an important step to chart the state’s economic landscape towards a progressive and sustainable one, adding that the move was a wise and visionary step taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The initiative by the chief minister (Abang Johari) is visionary and in line with the current global economic scenario,” Taib pointed out, adding that the continuous focus on rural transformation was also a wise move.

Taib expressed confidence that the initiative of the government to set up Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) would contribute towards the development and growth of the state’s economy.

The Head of State also pointed out that he was glad that the government, under Abang Johari, still continued to fight for the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), including the state’s exclusive right on the sea territorial boundary and natural resources.

On Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Taib pointed out that it had succeeded in building hydro dams to hasten industrial development in the state.

According to him, SCORE has attracted several investors, particularly in heavy industries, and provided job opportunities to the people, and increased the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from RM550 million in 1963 to RM124 billion in 2016.

During the period, the export value was RM77 billion in 2016 from RM373 million in 1963, and job opportunities rose to 1.2 million in 2016 from 294,000 in 1963, he said.

Taib was also glad to note that the poverty level in the state has declined to 0.6 per cent in 2016 from 56 per cent in 1976.

The Head of State also touched on the racial harmony enjoyed by the people, political stability and the state’s rapid development which he attributed to power sharing.

Related news: State assembly marks 150th anniversary with special sitting

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1890

Abdul Taib yakin keupayaan Abang Jo

PETRA JAYA: Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud yakin Dasar Ekonomi Digital mampu meletakkan Sarawak di landasan tepat bagi mencapai kejayaan lebih besar pada masa depan.

Beliau berkata, ini kerana dasar yang diperkenalkan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg itu akan membuka lebih banyak peluang untuk generasi muda kita terbabit dalam bidang keusahawanan.

Abdul Taib menyatakan beliau yakin anak-anak muda Sarawak yang kreatif dan inovatif sesuai dengan kehendak era digital serta mampu mencipta nama dalam bidang masing-masing di peringkat antarabangsa.

“Anak-anak muda sebagai generasi pemimpin masa depan negeri kita ini harus merebut peluang yang disediakan oleh kerajaan untuk memperlengkapkan diri dengan ilmu pengetahuan dan kemahiran dalam teknologi digital.

“Saya juga amat mengharapkan agar semua pihak menghargai dan menyokong usaha dan inisiatif yang dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan negeri agar ianya memberi manfaat kepada kita semua, katanya.

ABDUL Taib (tengah) bersama Abang Johari tiba di Istiadat Perbarisan dan Kawalan Kehormatan Utama, sempena Mesyuarat Khas Sambutan Ulang Tahun Ke-150 Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak. – Foto Nadim Bokhari

Beliau berkata demikian dalam ucapan perasmian Persidangan Khas Sempena Ulang Tahun Ke-150, Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak, di sini pagi tadi.

Semua Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sarawak kecuali Violet Yong (DAP – Pending) menghadiri persidangan khas berkenaan.

Abdul Taib menjelaskan era digital akan mengubah cara hidup dan bekerja, justeru beliau mahu rakyat negeri ini terus membina kekuatan dan jati diri dalam usaha mengejar pembangunan dan cabaran.

Berpengalaman 22 tahun sebagai Ketua Menteri Sarawak, beliau juga yakin pendekatan baharu pembangunan negeri diperkenalkan oleh kepimpinan Abang Johari, seperti penubuhan Bank Pembangunan Sarawak (DBOS), Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (PETROS) dan Lembaga Multimedia Sarawak (SMA) akan menjadi pemangkin kepada pembangunan dan pertumbuhan ekonomi negeri.

“Malah, saya juga gembira kerana kepimpinan Abang Johari terus memperjuangkan hak dan kepentingan negeri Sarawak khususnya dalam konteks Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) dan hak-hak eksklusif terhadap persempadanan perairan laut dan sumber galian kita,” katanya.

DUN Sarawak adalah institusi perundangan tertua dan terbesar di negara ini ditubuhkan pada 8 September 1867 di Bintulu oleh Rajah Putih kedua, Charles Brooke.

Ketika itu, institusi penggubalan dasar pentadbiran dan perundangan negeri itu dikenali sebagai Majlis Umum sehinggalah ditukar kepada Majlis Negeri pada 1903.

Pada 1976, Majlis Negeri ditukar pula kepada DUN, selaras dengan nama institusi perundangan lain di negara ini.

Terdahulu, Abdul Taib menghadiri Istiadat Perbarisan dan Pemeriksaan Kawalan Kehormatan Utama oleh Batalion Ke-11, Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) di Dataran Perbarisan DUN Sarawak.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2018/01/382467/abdul-taib-yakin-keupayaan-abang-jo

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/

Brooke Dockyard confident of helping state participate actively in O&G sector

(From third left) Gerawat, Lo, Abang Johari, Masing and others toss the Yee Sang to welcome the Lunar New Year which is just around the corner.

KUCHING: With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas (O&G) sector, Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation (BDEWC) is confident that it can play an important role in realising Sarawak’s aspiration to participate actively in the O&G sector.

Its chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg cited the successful completion of the E6 Project as a clear testimony of the company’s capabilities, especially in undertaking marginal field projects.

“On this, I hope the newly set-up Petros will take note. Being a seasoned player, we have been able to strengthen our versatility and capacity,” he said in his address at the Loadout Ceremony of E6 DP-A Substructure and Topsides operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad at BDEWC Sejingkat fabrication yard, Jalan Bako here yesterday.

The auspicious occasion was graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and witnessed by State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, and Shell Companies in Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo.

“We have been acknowledged as an efficient and competitive player in the sector, having successfully delivered more than 30 offshore modules and substructures with total tonnage of 37,647 metric tonnes. This is our proven record,” he said.

“We have expanded our annual rated capacity from 8,500 metric tonnes to 25,000 metric tonnes for both Sejingkat and the new Demak fabrication yards,” he said.

With these capacities and capabilities, he expressed confidence that BDEWC would be able to undertake more projects from the government and private sector and compete with other major players not only in the O&G sector but also land-based and marine industry.

Its manpower strength, he added, consisted of 400 personnel, of whom 99 per cent were Sarawakians.

“For the past 21 years, Brooke has created employment for and trained the locals as well as provided livelihood to at least more than 1,000 families,” he added.

Abdul Karim said BDEWC fully supported the state’s government’s persistent efforts to optimise the benefits from O&G sector.

“It is most practical and logical to expect that Sarawak players be given the priority and opportunity to benefit from the development of these resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lo emphasised that the partnership between Brooke Dockyard and Shell, which has spanned across 30 years, provided Shell the confidence to entrust Brooke Dockyard with new mode of fabrication using its own Health, Safety and Environment management system in delivering work for Shell.

“I have to say that Brooke has exceeded our expectations. This is a key step change in simplifying our relationship with our contractors and reducing cost – and the E6 is one of the first projects within Shell globally to adopt this approach,” he said.

The E6 field, he said, was discovered in 1970, but being a small field, its economics were marginal and other fields were prioritised for development.

“Now five decades later, it is E6’s turn to shine. E6 is not only small but it is a challenging development. It has a thin oil rim of two km below seabed, which is a valuable prize but difficult to get.

“Together with Petronas Carigali, Shell came up with a development concept that requires us to position the horizontal sections of the oil wells in this thin oil rim – a feat that was not possible 50 years ago.

“We also made E6 a satellite, which means that it has minimal processing facilities. Instead oil is processed at D35 and gas is processed at E8 – both existing platforms – thereby radically reducing cost and shortening the development time,” he said.

Thus, Lo hopes that the valuable insights gained from the E6 development can help unlock similar opportunities previously considered marginal or uneconomic.

“Shell aspires to be the leading O&G company in the country and we are the leading O&G producer, and we continue to explore aggressively to maintain our strong position.

“Our downstream business is flourishing and we will be introducing Euro V diesel in Sarawak this year,” he added.

Yesterday’s ceremony celebrated the successful onshore completion of the E6 Field Development Project in 12 months for the fabrication of 1,450-tonne topside and 10 months for the 1,500-tonne jacket by Brooke Dockyard.

The event also recognised the technical capabilities and strong labour force who worked over 13 months, clocking 1.2 million injury-free man hours.

The E6 field development is part of the SK308 production sharing contract awarded by Petronas to Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. E6 is an oil and gas field located 180km west of Miri in water depth of 70m or 228 ft.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, State Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Hipni as well as officials and personnel from Petronas and Shell were among those present.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1872

Brooke Dockyard confident of helping state participate actively in O&G sector

(From third left) Gerawat, Lo, Abang Johari, Masing and others toss the Yee Sang to welcome the Lunar New Year which is just around the corner.

KUCHING: With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas (O&G) sector, Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation (BDEWC) is confident that it can play an important role in realising Sarawak’s aspiration to participate actively in the O&G sector.

Its chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg cited the successful completion of the E6 Project as a clear testimony of the company’s capabilities, especially in undertaking marginal field projects.

“On this, I hope the newly set-up Petros will take note. Being a seasoned player, we have been able to strengthen our versatility and capacity,” he said in his address at the Loadout Ceremony of E6 DP-A Substructure and Topsides operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad at BDEWC Sejingkat fabrication yard, Jalan Bako here yesterday.

The auspicious occasion was graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and witnessed by State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, and Shell Companies in Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo.

“We have been acknowledged as an efficient and competitive player in the sector, having successfully delivered more than 30 offshore modules and substructures with total tonnage of 37,647 metric tonnes. This is our proven record,” he said.

“We have expanded our annual rated capacity from 8,500 metric tonnes to 25,000 metric tonnes for both Sejingkat and the new Demak fabrication yards,” he said.

With these capacities and capabilities, he expressed confidence that BDEWC would be able to undertake more projects from the government and private sector and compete with other major players not only in the O&G sector but also land-based and marine industry.

Its manpower strength, he added, consisted of 400 personnel, of whom 99 per cent were Sarawakians.

“For the past 21 years, Brooke has created employment for and trained the locals as well as provided livelihood to at least more than 1,000 families,” he added.

Abdul Karim said BDEWC fully supported the state’s government’s persistent efforts to optimise the benefits from O&G sector.

“It is most practical and logical to expect that Sarawak players be given the priority and opportunity to benefit from the development of these resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lo emphasised that the partnership between Brooke Dockyard and Shell, which has spanned across 30 years, provided Shell the confidence to entrust Brooke Dockyard with new mode of fabrication using its own Health, Safety and Environment management system in delivering work for Shell.

“I have to say that Brooke has exceeded our expectations. This is a key step change in simplifying our relationship with our contractors and reducing cost – and the E6 is one of the first projects within Shell globally to adopt this approach,” he said.

The E6 field, he said, was discovered in 1970, but being a small field, its economics were marginal and other fields were prioritised for development.

“Now five decades later, it is E6’s turn to shine. E6 is not only small but it is a challenging development. It has a thin oil rim of two km below seabed, which is a valuable prize but difficult to get.

“Together with Petronas Carigali, Shell came up with a development concept that requires us to position the horizontal sections of the oil wells in this thin oil rim – a feat that was not possible 50 years ago.

“We also made E6 a satellite, which means that it has minimal processing facilities. Instead oil is processed at D35 and gas is processed at E8 – both existing platforms – thereby radically reducing cost and shortening the development time,” he said.

Thus, Lo hopes that the valuable insights gained from the E6 development can help unlock similar opportunities previously considered marginal or uneconomic.

“Shell aspires to be the leading O&G company in the country and we are the leading O&G producer, and we continue to explore aggressively to maintain our strong position.

“Our downstream business is flourishing and we will be introducing Euro V diesel in Sarawak this year,” he added.

Yesterday’s ceremony celebrated the successful onshore completion of the E6 Field Development Project in 12 months for the fabrication of 1,450-tonne topside and 10 months for the 1,500-tonne jacket by Brooke Dockyard.

The event also recognised the technical capabilities and strong labour force who worked over 13 months, clocking 1.2 million injury-free man hours.

The E6 field development is part of the SK308 production sharing contract awarded by Petronas to Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. E6 is an oil and gas field located 180km west of Miri in water depth of 70m or 228 ft.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, State Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Hipni as well as officials and personnel from Petronas and Shell were among those present.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1872

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