May 20, 2022
Dateline 2022-04-26, The Edge:
The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) plan to kick off 15 initiatives this year under the National Oil & Gas, Services and Equipment (OGSE) Industry Blueprint 2021-2030.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the 15 initiatives, aimed at strengthening and growing the OGSE industry, will continue to address systemic issues confronting the sector, specifically in the areas of technology, talent, and funding.
“EPU, alongside MPRC, will continue to work closely with ministries, agencies, Petronas, industry players and relevant stakeholders to realise the vision and goals set out in the OGSE blueprint,” he said at the second steering committee meeting for the blueprint.
May 17, 2022
Dateline 2022-04-23, The Edge:
Sapura Energy Bhd is on the verge of bankruptcy, only three weeks shy of the 10-year anniversary of the mega-merger between SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Kencana Petroleum Bhd, which created SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd back in mid-May 2012.
Its name was changed to the current one at end-March 2017.
From a merger valuation of RM11.85 billion, Sapura Energy’s market capitalisation swelled to RM28 billion in early 2014, following the acquisition of Seadrill’s rig business and Newfield’s Malaysian assets. At its peak, Sapura Energy was the world’s second largest integrated oil and gas service provider.
May 14, 2022
Dateline 2022-04-20, FMT:
Sapura Energy Bhd (SEB) is likely to remain the biggest corporate story in Malaysia for some time to come.
Tumbling oil prices and a global pandemic led to its fall, but the failure of a major stakeholder to act decisively to save the company may just bury it.
For the financial year ended Jan 31, 2022, the company reported an RM8.9 billion loss, one of the largest in Malaysian corporate history.
March 18, 2022
Dateline 2022-01-26, Upstream Online:
South Korea’s Samsung Engineering, Posco and Lotte Chemical plus SEDC Energy – a Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) subsidiary– have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a green hydrogen and ammonia project.
The Sarawak H2biscus green hydrogen/ammonia project (H2biscus Project) will be located in Bintulu, East Malaysia which is already home to the Petronas LNG Complex and Shell’s gas-to-liquids facility.
The H2biscus Project is looking to convert hydropower and natural gas to green hydrogen/methanol and blue hydrogen, and for the conversion of hydrogen to ammonia, aiming to supply hydrogen and ammonia to Korea and Sarawak.
March 8, 2022
Did they take this wholesale from PETRONAS’ outlook?
Dateline 2021-12-28, Hydrocarbon Engineering:
Malaysia is likely to witness start of operations of 31 petrochemicals projects from 2021 to 2025 driven by robust demand for petrochemicals, according to GlobalData.
GlobalData’s ‘Global Petrochemicals New-Build and Expansion Projects Outlook, 2021-2025’ report reveals that out of 31 projects expected to commence operations in Malaysia, polyethylene projects would be at three, followed by polypropylene and benzene with two each.
Bhargavi Gandham, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Petrochemicals consumption is on the rise in Malaysia leading to supply-demand mismatch. This is leading to growth in investments and establishments of joint ventures to boost petrochemicals capacity in the country.”
February 11, 2022
A bit of history.
Dateline 2021-07-02, Malaysian Reserve:
GAS Malaysia Energy and Services Sdn Bhd (GMES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas Malaysia Bhd has signed the gas sales agreements (GSAs) with Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) through Petronas Energy & Gas Trading Sdn Bhd (PEGT).
The deal is a continuation of a long-term supply of natural gas from PEGT to GMES in to support the supply security of energy in Malaysia, provide social and economic growth, as well as contribute to the success of gas market liberalisation.
The GSAs were formalised on Dec 2, 2021, where PEGT was represented by its CEO Khairuddin Khalik, while GMES was represented by CEO Shahrir Shariff.
November 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-10-30, The Edge:
Sapura Energy Bhd’s latest quarterly loss of RM1.52 billion was a big surprise to the market.
The company, which is 40%-owned by Permodalan Nasional Bhd, was expected to be better prepared having completed its RM10 billion debt refinancing in March. Oil prices doubled from last year to over US$80 (about RM331.28) per barrel. And the group even had a healthy order book of over RM7 billion.
Sapura Energy — arguably the largest Malaysia-listed oil and gas contractor — said that “the decrease was mainly contributed by provisions for foreseeable losses and higher project costs incurred for certain projects during the current quarter”.
August 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-08-XX, Channel News Asia:
One of the most ambitious projects of Petronas, Malaysia’s national oil company, will soon be fully operational.
The Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), in the southern state of Johor, is poised to transform the country’s footprint in oil refining and petrochemical production. Spread across 2,550 ha and the result of a US$27 billion investment in partnership with Saudi Aramco, PIC will house a new site of downstream oil operations. However, at a time when the world is increasingly stressing the importance of green development and phasing out fossil fuels, are Malaysia and Petronas making the right bet?
August 1, 2021
Dateline 2021-07-23, The Malaysian Reserve:
FAVELLE Favco Bhd’s (FFB) contract wins are a sign of recovery for the oil and gas (O&G) sector, according to analysts.
MIDF Amanah Investment Bank stated that at least five out of the eight contracts clinched by FFB recently are for offshore activities, including the compressor system and upgrade works.
“We concur with FFB’s positive stance on recovery from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic with the vaccine rollout in the countries.
“The group will continue to be vigilant of the economic recovery, especially in the crane sector.
July 31, 2021
Dateline 2021-07-22, Reuters:
Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) launched the sale of its stakes in oil and gas fields it does not operate off the coast of Malaysia, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The Anglo-Dutch company announced in March that it was considering selling its stakes in the Baram Delta EOR and the SK307 production-sharing contracts which are operated by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, a unit of state energy firm Petronas.
The sale process for the two stakes, launched this month, is being run by investment bank J.P. Morgan, according to the sales document.