Sarawak must adopt, keep abreast with new technologies in O&G sector – CM

Abang Johari (third left) gestures after gracing the Loadout Ceremony of the Topside and Substructure on the foreground. Also seen are Lo (second left) and Masing (fourth right). – Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

Abang Johari (centre) cutting the cake specially prepared to surprise and congratulate him for his first year in office. Also seen (from right) Morshidi, Masing, Abang Abdul Karim, Lo, Gerawat and Dr Jerip.

KUCHING: Sarawakians must adopt and keep abreast with new and advanced technologies to boost their capabilities in the oil and gas (O&G) sector, including expanding the state’s participation in both onshore and offshore exploration.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who stated this, pointed out that the state must be brave enough in exploring advanced technologies especially those that involve Big Data and new techniques in the O&G industry.

“There, we observed how drilling is done electronically in the desert of Oman in which the data retrieved will reflect how much hydrocarbon reserve is available down there (beneath the Earth’s surface),” he said in sharing what he and his delegation learned during their visit to Oman recently.

“With the Big Data, it can be matched and stimulated through the hydro carbon profile. Only two persons are needed to get the job done, which would normally be an arduous task without technology as it involves planting pipes deep into the field,” he added.

Abang Johari said this when officiating at the Loadout Ceremony of E6 DP-A Topside and Substructure operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad at the Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation (BDEWC) Sejingkat fabrication yard, Jalan Bako yesterday.

The auspicious occasion was 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, Shell Companies in Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo and BDEWC chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg.

“This is the way Sarawak will adopt because (otherwise) Sarawak will lose its abilities to explore O&G both onshore and offshore,” he said, stressing on the crucial need for Sarawakians to enhance their capabilities through new technology.

As such, he urged Sarawak to embrace and adopt new technology so as to expand participation in O&G exploration on its own.

“Equipping ourselves also enables us to sit down and talk with industry players on the same page.

“Sarawak must have the capabilities because oil and gas have been in the state since 1910. That’s why Petros is being set up. We will explore the possibilities and find our own reserve ourselves based on the best technology and Big Data information,” he added.

Emphasising government’s commitment to look into all aspects necessary to make O&G a prominent sector in Sarawak, Abang Johari reassured that Petros will become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.

“Petros will be assisted by the vendors and contractors to explore and find out about our reserve including the availability of hydrocarbon reserve,” he added.

Earlier on, he said that engineering capabilities, safety and project management were three important components to ensure the success of all projects, particularly technical and engineering-based.

“I am proud to say that Sarawakians are a capable lot but we must not take safety aspect lightly. Safety cannot be ignored and must be given greater emphasis even in small jobs so as to avoid any mishaps that could cause the loss of life,” he said, pointing to an accident near a road construction site in the city which claimed the life of a motorist.

He thus congratulated BDEWC for the successful and timely completion and delivery of the project without injury and within budget.

The E6 field development is a part of the SK308 production sharing contract awarded by Petronas to Sarawak Shell Berhad (50 per cent operator) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (50 per cent).

E6 is an oil and gas field located 180km west of Miri in water depth of 70m or 228ft.

The contract for the fabrication of 1,450-tonne topside and 1,500-tonne jacket for the E6 Field Development Project was awarded to Brooke Dockyard on Sept 5, 2016.

The contract involved the provision of project management, fabrication, engineering, procurement, manpower, materials, consumables, equipment and facilities necessary for the onshore fabrication of the E6 platforms.

The event yesterday marked two major milestone achievements for the E6 Field Development Project – the successful onshore completion of the above tasks in 12 months and 10 months respectively, and recognition for having the technical capabilities and strong labour force who worked over 13 months, clocking 1.2 million injury-free work hours.

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=1874

Sarawak teroka minyak di daratan

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Kerajaan Sarawak melalui anak syarikatnya, Petroleum Sarawak (PETROS) berhasrat meneroka aktiviti carigali minyak di kawasan daratan di negeri ini dengan memanfaatkan teknologi sama digunakan dalam industri petroleum di Asia Barat, khususnya di Oman.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg, berkata ia sebahagian daripada usaha memperkukuhkan pertumbuhan industri petroleum negeri ini, susulan lawatan kerjanya ke Oman dan beberapa negara Asia Barat, termasuk Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) minggu lalu.

“Kita melawat Oman yang begitu luas padang pasirnya, manakala di seberang lautnya pula ialah Iran. Di Oman, kita berpeluang meninjau kerja-kerja carigali minyak di padang pasir, menggunakan pelbagai teknologi terkini yang sesuai dipraktikkan di Sarawak.

“Menggunakan teknologi canggih itu, Oman mampu mengeluarkan jutaan tong minyak sehari dari telaga padang pasirnya. Atas sebab itu, kita turut membawa wakil PETROS untuk merintis teknologi sama kerana kemungkinan di bawah (daratan) Miri, kita turut memiliki sumber minyak,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Cawangan Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Zon 2 (Samarahan) di Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan, di sini.

Abang Johari yang juga menteri bertanggungjawab terhadap sumber minyak dan gas negeri, berkata pendekatan terbaru itu diyakini mampu mengekalkan kedudukan industri petroleum sebagai penyumbang utama ekonomi negeri.

Malah, beliau melihat perkara itu sebahagian daripada usaha memastikan ekonomi negeri terus berada pada landasan kukuh, sekali gus kekal sebagai kuasa ekonomi utama di negara ini.

Pada masa yang sama, katanya, Kerajaan Sarawak juga sebagai mengenalpasti mekanisme baharu untuk pelaksanaan kutipan cukai terhadap pihak menjalankan aktiviti pengeluaran hasil petroleum di negeri ini.

“Ini penting supaya cukai itu dapat dimanfaatkan kerajaan negeri bagi menjalankan lebih banyak projek pembangunan yang berorientasikan kepentingan rakyat kita. ia termasuk pembinaan semula sekolah dan tadika usang yang masih banyak di seluruh negeri tanpa perlu menunggu peruntukan Kerajaan Pusat.

“Kita juga akan menggunakan sumber pendapatan cukai itu bagi menampung kos pembinaan sistem grid bekalan air paip negeri ini yang dijangka mencecah RM1 bilion bagi fasa pertamanya yang akan menyalurkan air bersih dari Empangan Hidro Batang Ai,” katanya.

Abang Johari berkata, inisiatif itu bagi mengatasi masalah bekalan air bersih yang masih berterusan berlaku di kebanyakan kampung dan rumah panjang di kawasan pedalaman dan luar bandar membabitkan Bahagian Samarahan hingga ke Sebuyau dan Tanjung Manis, Mukah.

“Kemudian, fasa seterusnya projek grid itu bagi menyalurkan air bersih dari Empangan Hidro Bakun dan Empangan Hidro Baleh, sekali gus menawarkan suasana kehidupan selesa kepada rakyat, khususnya masyarakat pedalaman dan luar bandar,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2018/01/378949/sarawak-teroka-minyak-di-daratan

Restoring territorial integrity, devolving more powers top Pakatan’s Sarawak agenda

RESTORING the territorial integrity of Sarawak and devolving more powers top Pakatan Harapan’s agenda for the state, should it win the 14th general election.

Unveiling “Part 2” of its election manifesto at the pact’s convention in Sibu today, PH said it would prioritise the dismantling of “two fundamental pillars that Barisan Nasional continues to employ to deceive Sarawakians and sustain its grip on the state – the stripping of territorial integrity and the abrogation of powers”.

The opposition coalition said the restoration of territorial integrity and the devolution of powers would “heal the festering wounds of 55 years in Malaysia”.

The manifesto, launched by PH deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and state PH leaders, reiterated that the pact was committed to honouring the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and restoring Sarawak to its original status “within the context of the Malaysia Agreement 1963”.

Sarawak was one of four territories, along with the federated states of Malaya, Singapore and North Borneo (now Sabah), that formed Malaysia, but in 1976, the BN government amended the constitution, reducing the status of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states of the federation.

Reading out the “New Deal”, former DAP Piasau assemblyman Alan Ling said a royal commission would be formed “to review various legislation that affect Sarawak’s immutable right to its natural resources, including but not limited to the Continental Shelf Act 1966, the Petroleum Development Act 1974 and the Territorial Sea Act 2012”.

In its devolution of powers proposal, PH promised to remove the BN government’s control over revenues related to budget allocations for development and funds for the implementation of projects with a fiscal decentralisation.

Under the plan, the opposition pact will devolve the power of taxation, which will see Sarawak retaining 50% of all tax revenues collected in the state.

The state will also receive 20% in oil and gas royalties, or its equivalent, from the federal government – something that Sarawak has long demanded.

On education, a lost autonomy right whose return is being demanded by Sarawak, PH said while it upheld the national education policy, “decision rights in education” would be returned to the state to “improve service delivery for the benefit of the children and youth of Sarawak”.

With this, and based on the needs and demographic of Sarawak folk, parents can choose whether to have their children taught in Bahasa Malaysia, English or Mandarin.

There will also be a localised school syllabus featuring local languages, history, politics and geography.

PH said under the education reform, staffing and administrative policies would be reviewed to enable teachers to focus on teaching and not be burdened by administrative matters.

It also promised to set up faculties in universities for the study and development of all native languages in Sarawak, and indigenous knowledge, history and anthropology.

It vowed to make available state education grants, to be awarded based on merit, for students from low-income families who wish to pursue their tertiary education either locally or overseas.

On healthcare, the pact said it would return decision rights to the state.

“The over-centralised healthcare system has not catered to the different needs and demographic of Sarawakians.

“The centralised procurement system, in the form of the middle man, has also significantly increased the cost of healthcare and medicines.”

To overcome the problem, the manifesto said, open competition in the procurement of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and medical services would be encouraged.

There will also be the upgrading of all general hospitals in Sarawak, to be equipped with cancer and heart centres.

PH also promised to dismantle the BN government’s trade control and licensing system, which it said encouraged monopolies, cronyism and rent-seeking.

The No. 1 target is the removal of controlled import permits on cars, rice, sugar, cement and other commodities, which the pact said “artificially inflated” the prices of goods.

On the management of Sarawak’s natural resources, PH said the state-owned petroleum company set up by the BN government, Petros, would be replaced by an “equivalent of Petronas” and be named “Sarawak Petrogas”.

The company will answer directly to the state legislative assembly, and like Petros, it will be wholly owned by the state government.

PH said Petros was a mere sub-contractor of Petronas, “hopeful to receive some distribution and sub-contract work”. – January 20, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/33504

Petros inks first deal

Sarawak’s own O&G company signs MoU during Abg Johari’s working visit to Oman

(From front right) Zuraimi, Hamid, Chin, Ting, Chopra and Lucich sign the MoU witnessed by Abang Johari (back centre). From back right are Morshidi, Awang Tengah, Shahril, and Abu Bakar.

MUSCAT, Oman: Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) – Sarawak’s wholly-owned oil and gas company – has signed its first deal.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday in conjunction with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s working visit here.

Petros signed the MoU with Petrotel Energy Oman LLC (PTO), which has exploration and production rights in Oman, and South Sea Energy (SSE), which is affiliated to Sarawak.

Abang Johari, who will spend five days visiting Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), witnessed the signing of the MoU, which will pave the way for collaborations in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak.

He also witnessed an MoU signing between PTO and SSE.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo and board member Datu Zuraimi Sabki signed on behalf of Petros, whilst SSE president Lily Chin and executive director Tiong Kiong King represented SSE.

PTO chairman and chief executive Dr Anil Chopra as well as chief operating officer Mike Lucich signed on behalf of PTO.

PTO is a privately held exploration and production company that holds interests in companies operating oil and gas assets.

Currently, successful operations are being conducted in Oman in Block 17 (Musandam), Block 40 (Musandam Offshore), Blocks 39 and 67 (Dhofar).

“The Chief Minister and members of his delegation arrived at the Omani capital yesterday as part of the efforts to explore possibilities of cooperation to develop the downstream sector of oil and gas industries in Sarawak,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Earlier, Abang Johari also led his delegation to pay a courtesy call on Omani Oil and Gas Minister Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhi.

In his opening address, the Omani  minister warmly welcomed the delegation and prospects of collaboration with Sarawak.

Abang Johari in his return address expressed confidence that Oman and Sarawak could work together for mutual benefit, given the bright future for petrochemicals and products leveraging on the trend of switching from internal combustion engines to electric cars in line with Industry 4.0 and digital economy initiatives.

“Oman and Sarawak have some similarities demographically and as oil producing states that would augur well for enhancing bilateral ties between the two economies,” he said.

Among those in the Sarawak delegation are Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy State Secretary Datu Abu Bakar Marzuki, as well as Sarawak Energy CEO and Petros board member Sharbini Suhaili.

Also present during the visit was Malaysian Ambassador to Oman Shahril Effendi Abd Ghany.

The delegation will proceed to Dubai on the second leg of the visit before flying back to Kuching at the end of the week.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1869

Petros inks first deal

Sarawak’s own O&G company signs MoU during Abg Johari’s working visit to Oman

(From front right) Zuraimi, Hamid, Chin, Ting, Chopra and Lucich sign the MoU witnessed by Abang Johari (back centre). From back right are Morshidi, Awang Tengah, Shahril, and Abu Bakar.

MUSCAT, Oman: Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) – Sarawak’s wholly-owned oil and gas company – has signed its first deal.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday in conjunction with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s working visit here.

Petros signed the MoU with Petrotel Energy Oman LLC (PTO), which has exploration and production rights in Oman, and South Sea Energy (SSE), which is affiliated to Sarawak.

Abang Johari, who will spend five days visiting Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), witnessed the signing of the MoU, which will pave the way for collaborations in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak.

He also witnessed an MoU signing between PTO and SSE.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo and board member Datu Zuraimi Sabki signed on behalf of Petros, whilst SSE president Lily Chin and executive director Tiong Kiong King represented SSE.

PTO chairman and chief executive Dr Anil Chopra as well as chief operating officer Mike Lucich signed on behalf of PTO.

PTO is a privately held exploration and production company that holds interests in companies operating oil and gas assets.

Currently, successful operations are being conducted in Oman in Block 17 (Musandam), Block 40 (Musandam Offshore), Blocks 39 and 67 (Dhofar).

“The Chief Minister and members of his delegation arrived at the Omani capital yesterday as part of the efforts to explore possibilities of cooperation to develop the downstream sector of oil and gas industries in Sarawak,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Earlier, Abang Johari also led his delegation to pay a courtesy call on Omani Oil and Gas Minister Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhi.

In his opening address, the Omani  minister warmly welcomed the delegation and prospects of collaboration with Sarawak.

Abang Johari in his return address expressed confidence that Oman and Sarawak could work together for mutual benefit, given the bright future for petrochemicals and products leveraging on the trend of switching from internal combustion engines to electric cars in line with Industry 4.0 and digital economy initiatives.

“Oman and Sarawak have some similarities demographically and as oil producing states that would augur well for enhancing bilateral ties between the two economies,” he said.

Among those in the Sarawak delegation are Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy State Secretary Datu Abu Bakar Marzuki, as well as Sarawak Energy CEO and Petros board member Sharbini Suhaili.

Also present during the visit was Malaysian Ambassador to Oman Shahril Effendi Abd Ghany.

The delegation will proceed to Dubai on the second leg of the visit before flying back to Kuching at the end of the week.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1869

Sarawak, Oman teroka kerjasama petroleum, pembangunan tenaga

KUCHING: Sarawak meneroka kerjasama sektor hiliran industri minyak dan gas antarabangsa melalui dua memorandum persefahaman (MoU) ditandatangani bersama Petrotel Energy Oman (Petrotel) di Muscat, hari ini.

Ia bertujuan membuka laluan usaha sama dalam sektor minyak dan gas negeri, seiring kedudukan Sarawak sebagai pemain utama industri petroleum negara.

MoU pertama ditandatangani PTO, pemilik hak penerokaan dan pengeluaran sumber petroleum Oman, bersama South Sea Energy (SSE) yang memiliki kepentingan kerajaan negeri.

MoU kedua ditandatangani antara Petroleum Sarawak (PETROS), syarikat minyak dan gas milik penuh kerajaan Sarawak yang baru ditubuhkan, bersama SSE dan Petrotel.

PETROS diwakili Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, manakala SSE diwakili Presidennya, Lily Chin dan Petrotel diwakili Pengerusi merangkap Ketua Eksekutifnya, Dr Anil Chopra.

Ia turut disaksikan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg yang ketika ini mengetuai misi pelaburan dan perdagangan negeri ke Oman dan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE).

Abang Johari berkata, projek kerjasama itu membabitkan peluang usaha sama membangunkan sektor hiliran dalam industri minyak dan gas yang juga antara matlamat utama PETROS ditubuhkan.

Beliau yang turut bertanggungjawab terhadap portfolio pengurusan sumber petroleum negeri menjelaskan usaha sama berkenaan tentunya memberi impak positif terhadap pemain industri minyak dan gas dalam kalangan anak tempatan.

“Kita yakin Oman dan Sarawak dapat bekerjasama untuk manfaat bersama dengan mengambil kira masa depan yang cerah untuk produk petrokimia berdasarkan trend peralihan daripada enjin bahan bakar kepada kereta elektrik, selari dengan inisiatif industri 4.0 dan ekonomi digital.

“Oman dan Sarawak mempunyai beberapa persamaan dari segi demografi dan sebagai negara pengeluar minyak yang akan meningkatkan hubungan dua hala antara kedua-dua ekonomi,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan dari Muscat.

Terdahulu, Abang Johari mengetuai delegasi Kerajaan Sarawak melakukan kunjungan hormat ke atas Menteri Minyak dan Gas Oman, Dr Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhi di pejabatnya.

Beliau turut diiringi Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan dan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/bisnes/lain-lain/2018/01/376824/sarawak-oman-teroka-kerjasama-petroleum-pembangunan-tenaga

Petroleum Sarawak signs up for Petrotel’s expertise in oil and gas

STATE-OWNED fledgling oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak (Petros) has taken its first step into the business with the signing a memorandum of understanding with Petrotel Energy Oman LLC “to explore the possibility of co-operation to develop the downstream sector of oil and gas industries in Sarawak”.

International oil and gas company “with links to Sarawak”, South Sea Energy (SSE), is also a signatory to the MoU.

The signing in Muscat, Oman today was witnessed by Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

Chairman Hamid Bugo and board member Zuraimi Sabki signed for Petronas, president Lily Chin and executive director Tiong Kiong King for SSE, and chief executive Dr Anil Chopra and chief operating officer Mike Lucich for Petrotel.

The chief minister, who is on a working visit to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, had earlier witnessed the signing of an MOU between Petrotel and SSE on exploration and production rights in the Arab country.

Petrotel is described on its website as “a leader in oil and gas technology in all aspects of exploration and production with worldwide experience” which has worked on “more than 300 fields worldwide in over 30 countries”.

The Sarawak chief minister and his delegation, which included Deputy Chief Minister and Second Minister of Natural Resources Awang Tengah Ali Hasssn, State Secretary Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Sarawak Energy chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili, arrived in the Omani capital yesterday.

Later yesterday evening, the chief minister and his entourage were shown an overview of the prospects and possibilities of cooperation in the oil and gas sector in the sultanate by SSE.

On Monday, while in the oil refining town of Miri, Abang Johari said Petros would be an active player in the oil and gas industry in two years.

The company was formed in August last year to look after the state’s interest in oil and gas discovered and mined in Sarawak.

Petros is still on a head hunt for a chief executive officer. – January 17, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/33006

Petros up and running by 2020

Chief Minister: Company targets active participation in oil and gas industry within 2 years

Abang Johari (10th left) and other members, including Awang Tengah (fifth right) and Uggah (ninth left), in a show of strength for PBB.

MIRI: The state’s wholly-owned oil and gas (O&G) company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), is set to become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the company, established in August last year, aims to exploit all opportunities in the O&G industry once it is fully operational.

“Wait two years for Petros to take active participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said when opening the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Miri Zone 10 triennial delegates meeting here yesterday.

The setting-up of Petros was to enable the state government to participate directly in the O&G industry in Sarawak.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo was reported in November last year as saying the company was expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2018, and was looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of chief executive officer.

Abang Johari, meanwhile, said Sarawak has the potential to become the strongest state in Malaysia by 2030 with a well-structured development plan based on digital economy, and headed by the state’s backbone party, PBB.

Abang Johari, who is PBB president, said the party’s leaders had been able to manage the state’s resources well.

“PBB, as a party that has always been relevant in all eras, has a strong structure which successfully put Sarawak on the right track. From the time of Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to the late Tok Nan (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) and then me, the party has managed to stabilise politics as well as provide space for the government to develop the state as it is today.

“I can say that today, politics in Sarawak is the best in the country. PBB as a party that is bold and daring to make changes has brought tremendous development and stability to the state,” he said.

About 1,200 people consisting of Supreme Council members, exco members, party members and observers from eight PBB Zone 10 branches, namely Bekenu, Lambir, Piasau, Pujut, Senadin, Marudi, Telang Usan and Mulu, attended the event.

On another matter, the Chief Minister proposed to change the Miri tourism promotion approach by using virtual reality method to attract more tourists.

“The local sector can promote the famous Bario Highlands with Bario rice products as well as the beaches of Bekenu as tourist attractions. In addition, Orang Ulu craft products in Miri can penetrate the international market through virtual stores,” he said.

Earlier, Zone 10 coordinator Datuk Gerawat Gala, who is also State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker, said among the decisions reached during the meeting was to fully support the decision of the party’s Supreme Council (MKT) to retain Abang Johari as PBB president without contest in the upcoming party convention.

“In addition, we fully support the party’s MKT decision for both current deputy presidents of the party to retain their posts without contest and the posts of head of women and youth wings not to be contested in the TGM,” he added.

Gerawat noted that within a year, Abang Johari had succeeded in enacting and implementing new policies to spur economic and high-impact development, including the establishment of Sarawak Pay, Petros, the digital village and many more at the state level.

“We will work hard together with other components of the Barisan Nasional to wrest the Miri parliamentary seat from the opposition,” he said.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, PBB secretary-general Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and PBB permanent chairman Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar, who is also State Legislative Assembly speaker, were among those present.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1862

Petros up and running by 2020

Chief Minister: Company targets active participation in oil and gas industry within 2 years

Abang Johari (10th left) and other members, including Awang Tengah (fifth right) and Uggah (ninth left), in a show of strength for PBB.

MIRI: The state’s wholly-owned oil and gas (O&G) company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), is set to become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the company, established in August last year, aims to exploit all opportunities in the O&G industry once it is fully operational.

“Wait two years for Petros to take active participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said when opening the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Miri Zone 10 triennial delegates meeting here yesterday.

The setting-up of Petros was to enable the state government to participate directly in the O&G industry in Sarawak.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo was reported in November last year as saying the company was expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2018, and was looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of chief executive officer.

Abang Johari, meanwhile, said Sarawak has the potential to become the strongest state in Malaysia by 2030 with a well-structured development plan based on digital economy, and headed by the state’s backbone party, PBB.

Abang Johari, who is PBB president, said the party’s leaders had been able to manage the state’s resources well.

“PBB, as a party that has always been relevant in all eras, has a strong structure which successfully put Sarawak on the right track. From the time of Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to the late Tok Nan (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) and then me, the party has managed to stabilise politics as well as provide space for the government to develop the state as it is today.

“I can say that today, politics in Sarawak is the best in the country. PBB as a party that is bold and daring to make changes has brought tremendous development and stability to the state,” he said.

About 1,200 people consisting of Supreme Council members, exco members, party members and observers from eight PBB Zone 10 branches, namely Bekenu, Lambir, Piasau, Pujut, Senadin, Marudi, Telang Usan and Mulu, attended the event.

On another matter, the Chief Minister proposed to change the Miri tourism promotion approach by using virtual reality method to attract more tourists.

“The local sector can promote the famous Bario Highlands with Bario rice products as well as the beaches of Bekenu as tourist attractions. In addition, Orang Ulu craft products in Miri can penetrate the international market through virtual stores,” he said.

Earlier, Zone 10 coordinator Datuk Gerawat Gala, who is also State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker, said among the decisions reached during the meeting was to fully support the decision of the party’s Supreme Council (MKT) to retain Abang Johari as PBB president without contest in the upcoming party convention.

“In addition, we fully support the party’s MKT decision for both current deputy presidents of the party to retain their posts without contest and the posts of head of women and youth wings not to be contested in the TGM,” he added.

Gerawat noted that within a year, Abang Johari had succeeded in enacting and implementing new policies to spur economic and high-impact development, including the establishment of Sarawak Pay, Petros, the digital village and many more at the state level.

“We will work hard together with other components of the Barisan Nasional to wrest the Miri parliamentary seat from the opposition,” he said.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, PBB secretary-general Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and PBB permanent chairman Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar, who is also State Legislative Assembly speaker, were among those present.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1862

Petros To Become Active O&G Player In 2 Years – Abang Johari

MIRI, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Petros, an oil and gas (O&G) company which is wholly-owned by the Sarawak government, targets to become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.

Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, said the company would try to exploit all opportunities in the O&G industry once it is operational.

“Wait two years for Petros to take active participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said during the opening of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Miri Zone 10 delegates meeting here today.

Petros was established in August 2017 to enable the state government to participate directly in the O&G industry in Sarawak.

In November 2017, Petros Chairman, Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, was reported as saying the company was expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2018, and was looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of the Chief Executive Officer…..

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1427310