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.
July 25, 2021
Dateline 2021-06-23, Reuters:
Malaysian oil and gas service provider Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd (SERB.KL) must appoint an independent reviewer to address issues raised by the company’s external auditor, the national stock exchange said on Wednesday.
In May, Serba said auditor KPMG had not been able to verify contracts and transactions worth 3.5 billion ringgit ($840.74 million) with 11 customers.
Serba rejected the concerns and has said it saw no issues with the existence or legitimacy of the contracts.
July 8, 2021
For the historical record. And based on no financial savvy, I say buy, buy, buy.
Dateline 2021-05-30, Deal Street Asia:
Malaysian oil and gas service firm Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd said it did not see any problems with more than 3.5 million ringgit of contracts and transactions questioned by its auditor.
July 7, 2021
Dateline 2021-05-31, ICIS:
Malaysia will go on a nationwide lockdown for two weeks from 1 June, but petrochemical production will continue and is likely be spared from any major disruption given its classification as an essential sector.
For some local downstream plastic manufacturers, however, the lockdown may cause a manpower crunch.
The lockdown was announced on 28 May, following a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases in the country, with only essential economic sectors and services allowed to operate.
“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia, with daily cases surpassing 8,000 and over 70,000 active cases,” Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.
May 24, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-27, Straits Times:
Malaysia is seeking to rescue its ailing oil and gas ecosystem with an ambitious 10-year plan after fuel prices were battered last year by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Oil & Gas Services and Equipment (OGSE) Industry Blueprint 2021-2030 comes after nearly two-thirds of over 4,000 vendors fell off the radar, victims of a “double whammy”.
Demand for energy and transportation tanked during the pandemic and this came on top of the rout in oil markets between 2014 and 2016.
May 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-05, NST:
The global oil and gas’ upstream sector has seen significant cuts in capital expenditure (capex) with spending below about US$400 billion in 2020.
This was less than half than the peak in 2014, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice president and chief executive officer (upstream) Adif Zulkifli said.
“Companies had to make important decisions to remain resilient by keeping costs low and margins intact. Projects were put on hold, asset equipment impairments saw an upswing and job cuts were widespread within the industry,” he said in a keynote address at the inaugural virtual Re-Imagining Malaysia Assets (Reset) 2021 Conference here today.
December 24, 2020
Dateline 2020-12-08, Straits Times:
Sabah will follow Sarawak in pursuing its rights, particularly where oil and gas are concerned.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan congratulated Sarawak for reclaiming its rights, adding that the Sabah government would ensure the same for the state.
He was referring to the Sarawak government signing a commercial agreement with Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) on Monday which allows the state, through its subsidiary Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), to play a bigger role in the oil and gas industry through cooperation with Petronas.
“Kudos to the Sarawak government for reclaiming their rights. It is no secret that the Sarawak government had been doing all the heavy lifting in this fight and we are grateful for their efforts.
December 23, 2020
Dateline 2020-12-08, The Straits Times:
Malaysian energy giant Petronas said yesterday that it has agreed to a commercial settlement that grants Sarawak state a higher share of revenue for oil and gas produced in the state.
Under the agreement, Sarawak state will also be given more active involvement in the state’s oil and gas industry through management of onshore oil and gas resources via its state-owned energy firm Petros, according to a joint statement by Petronas and the state government.
Both Petronas and the state government said they remained committed to providing a “stable, conducive business and investment environment for the sustainable growth of the oil and gas industry” in the state.
December 22, 2020
Dateline 2020-12-08, Malaysian Reserve:
THE newly sealed commercial agreement between Sarawak state government and Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) would need to provide investment incentives for it to remain attractive for investors.
An industry expert said an agreement like that would have to create investment incentives as any increase in royalty amounts would discourage new investment in exploration and production.
“To have a successful agreement, part of it needs to ensure the right incentives are in place for investments in the state. Such an agreement may lead to higher investment costs, particularly in a low oil price environment, and cause lower investment and production in the coming years,” the expert, who asked for anonymity, told The Malaysian Reserve.