Petronas CEO Prepares for Industry’s ‘Great Reset’


Dateline 2020-11-06, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly:

Tengku Muhammad Taufik was appointed CEO of Petronas in July 2020 as the Covid-19 crisis was taking its toll on the global energy industry, forcing oil companies to rethink both short- and long-term planning due to concerns about future demand. He discussed the Malaysian state oil company’s strategy for dealing with the pandemic and the low-carbon energy transition at this year’s Energy Intelligence Forum. Select excerpts follow below.

Q: How is the company tackling the short-term demand uncertainty, the safety issues stemming from the coronavirus, and all these talks of the energy transition?

A: Within the corridors of Petronas we call this the “great reset,” and I do not think it is an understatement as many have described the confluence of events as unprecedented. We believe that the industry’s shape, structure, and behavior will be impacted long into the future by this pandemic. There needs to be both a short-term response as well as a medium to long-term strategy. In the short-term, we must address as an ultimate priority the safety and health of our employees.

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