Sarawak to further develop capabilities in oil and gas

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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/

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