State govt mulling gas distribution system for Kuching, Kota Samarahan

December 21, 2020

Dateline 2020-12-02, The Borneo Post:

A plan is in the works to implement a gas distribution system for houses, commercial businesses and industries in Kuching and Samarahan.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the system will be similar to the piped gas grid the Gas Distribution Systems in Bintulu and Miri.

“This is something which cannot take place ‘kinek kinek’ (immediately). It takes time, it is in the planning stage. It is something I want to do but I cannot reveal (more details about it) yet.


How S’wak is benefiting from Sabah’s oil and gas

December 1, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-01, Daily Express:

THE idiom “a slap in the face” means a sharp rebuke or rebuff. Shell’s planned pull out is an extensive pull-down for Sabah fragile economy. 

Besides its promises, it has been and will continue to make millions from the pumping of our petroleum out of its two deep water wells. Shell is not pulling out of Malaysia. It is moving its upstream office out of KK and will build a new office to house them in Miri. The question is what are the underlying factors that have led to the Shell pull out.

Impotent words from Sabah politicians. Sabah political leaders have united for once to beat their war drums, showing their rage on this Shell pull out. 


Malaysia’s Petronas to pay Sabah state $303 million in sales tax next year

November 30, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-08, Reuters:

Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas is expected to pay the resource-rich state of Sabah 1.25 billion ringgit ($303 million) in sales tax next year, state media said.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jeffrey Kitingan said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had agreed for the state to collect the 5% tax from Petronas next year, Bernama news agency said late on Saturday.


Malaysia’s Petronas eyes net-zero emissions by 2050

November 25, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-03, Argus (not Argos):

Malaysian oil and gas producer Petronas has announced an aspiration to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, making it the first state-owned Asian energy company to set such a goal.

“We are making this commitment to make a positive change — not only to ride the energy transition — but because a fundamental shift is needed and the organisation wants to be part of the solution, for the world that yearns for a path towards a more sustainable future,” Petronas chief executive Tengku Muhammad Taufik said.


Don’t count on higher oil royalties during slump, says analyst

October 27, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-23, FMT:

An oil and gas analyst has cautioned against expectations of higher oil and gas royalties because of the worldwide slump in the industry.

Renato Lima de Oliveira said an increase in oil royalties, a hot topic in the Sabah state election, was unlikely because the industry had yet to recover from the fall in oil prices in 2014, as well as the absence of new, significant reserves.

“Production of oil and gas from Malaysia has also been stagnant, so there is no incentive for oil and gas companies to revise existing contracts,” said de Oliveira, an assistant professor at the Asia School of Business.

He was commenting on recent remarks by Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Bung Moktar Radin that oil royalty payments for Sabah and Sarawak could not be raised to 20% as it involved pre-existing agreements with oil corporations, including international ones.


IEM Shout Out – 2020-05 Talk on “HAZOP”

May 6, 2020

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 9th May 2020. No official CPD points, as it is a webinar. The talk will be presented by yours truly, so come and fill seats, especially since I am giving it during the fasting month.

A Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study is a formal, systematic and detailed examination of new or existing facilities. It focusses on the process, rather than risks from ‘outside the pipe’, which are better analyzed using other studies such as HIREC/ HAZID/ HER. A HAZOP assesses the hazard potential, causes and consequences on a facility when there are deviations to the operating conditions, or the manner of operations. Existing safeguards need are reviewed to determine whether they can eliminate the cause or minimize the consequence.

Ir. Razmahwata has 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in both design and operations. He joined ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc shortly after graduation in 1995. In 1998, he was reassigned to EMEPMI’s operations department. His responsibility was to provide technical support to an offshore production facility. His tasks were varied, included troubleshooting day to day challenges, managing retrofit projects, and leading safety cases. He was made the Company’s custody metering engineer in 2001, charged with leading the exercise to ensure the Company compliance with industry and company specifications was enhanced. Whilst in Poyry, Ir. Razmahwata has been a Senior Process Engineer for SembCorp’s Betara project. He has HAZOP, HAZID and SIL workshop leadership experience on offshore facilities. He has recently worked on a secondment providing detailed design services to a tanker to FPSO conversion project in Singapore. He supported ExxonMobil in developing measurement manuals, and leading an exercise to validate 59,000 line items. He is currently the Lead Engineer of IGL Services Sdn Bhd.

Register here, or download the form here.


Minister: Govt needs time to finalise targeted petrol subsidy

September 1, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-13, Malay Mail:

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has urged the public to give the government time to finalise the implementation mechanism of the targeted petrol subsidy for the lower income group or B40.

Its minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said although the implementation date did not meet the set target of the second quarter of this year as announced in the 2019 Budget, he was optimistic that it could be implemented this year.


Malaysia seizes pipeline company’s RM1 bil funds, says report

August 30, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-13, FMT:

More than RM1 billion in a Malaysian bank account of a Chinese state-owned company is reported to have been transferred on government orders to a company owned by the finance ministry.

The Straits Times newspaper in Singapore described the seizure and transfer of funds by the Malaysian authorities as “an unprecedented move in Malaysian banking”.

It said global banking giant HSBC was told earlier this month to transfer the money, held in the Malaysian account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd, to Suria Strategic Resources Sdn Bhd, wholly owned by the finance ministry.


Ministry to hold meeting on targeted petrol subsidy

August 29, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-13, The Sun Daily:

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will hold meetings with stakeholders and media agencies to convey information on the implementation of targeted petrol subsidy before it is introduced later this year.

Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pix) said among the stakeholders were consumer associations, petrol station operators, oil companies and other agencies including Bank Negara Malaysia, Department of Statistics and Customs Department.

“The stakeholder engagement has been made and the session will be continued from time to time. We are very committed to delivering information to them.


Natural gas tariff to go up by 5.3% in 2H, says Gas Malaysia

August 27, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-12, The Edge:

Gas Malaysia Bhd will raise average natural gas base tariff for the non-power sector in Peninsular Malaysia to RM32.74 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) for the period of July 15 to Dec 31, 2019, from RM32.69 per MMBtu currently.

A surcharge of RM1.92/MMBtu will apply to all tariff categories under the gas cost pass-through (GCPT) mechanism, Gas Malaysia said in an exchange filing today.