IEM Shout Out – 2019-01 Talk on “Offshore Drilling Rig Operations”

December 31, 2018

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 12th Jan 2019. It is worth XX CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The talk will be presented by Ir. Razak Yakob.

And here I thought, the most important equipment is the drilling engineer.

The most important equipment required in a drilling operation is a drilling rig.  Drilling in offshore environment makes it more expensive and complex with much higher risk.  In this talk, you will be introduced to the different types of drilling rigs used for offshore drilling operations.  Each rig type is specific for a limited drilling operation, environment and local market condition.  Selecting a rig requires understanding of both technical and commercial requirements.  In addition, the talk shall also be covering the various major equipment you can find on the rig.

Ir. Razak Yakob is a Drilling Engineering Consultant and a part time Lecturer for Petroleum Engineering.  Razak has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, working for multinationals and local companies. His core expertise is in Drilling Engineering with the working experiences spanning from development and exploration, technical support, training, competency development, finance and consultancy. As an independent consultant, he has worked in many parts of the world. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree majoring in Petroleum Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Design.  Razak is the Deputy Chairman for the Oil, Gas and Mining Technical Division and an IEM Council Member.

Register here, or download the form here.

Standing firm over oil and gas

December 7, 2018

Dateline 2018-10-14, Borneo Post:

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reiterated that Sarawak will not compromise on regulatory rights over its oil and gas activities.
He said the state had amended its Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 to further strengthen the regulatory rights over oil and gas activities in Sarawak.
“I would like to assure you once again that we will not compromise on the issue of Sarawak oil and gas. The oil and gas are ours and the OMO 1958 gave us full control over oil and gas in our state.
“Other parties (industry players) can develop our resources and our gas but they cannot do so if they do not have licences issued by the State of Sarawak through PETROS (Petroleum Sarawak Bhd),” he said during the parade and rally in conjunction with Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 82nd birthday celebration at Dataran Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang here yesterday.

Sarawak to give its oil law more bite

September 19, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-04, Malay Mail:

he Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (SOMO) seeks to bar any company or person from building, erecting and decommissioning any mining structure within Sarawak’s territorial boundary, unless authorised in writing by the State Minerals Mining Authority.

A maximum penalty of RM250,000 or an imprisonment of three years or both upon conviction await any person or company who fails to comply with the provision.

This is one of the provisions to be included in the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958, which will be tabled for amendments at next week’s sitting of the Sarawak State Assembly.

IEM Shout Out – 2018-10 Two Day Course on Understanding Process Control For Oil & Gas Production Operators, Technicians And Engineers

September 17, 2018

My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 16th and 17th October 2018. It is worth 13 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Associate Professor Dr. Syamsul Rizal Abd. Shukor, Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Zainal Ahmad and Ir. Dr. John Eow.

The oil & gas production processes (such as sand separation, produced water treatment, seawater filtration, crude oil and gas treatment) require reliable monitoring and control strategy to maintain optimum operational performance. Moreover, process operations are always being affected by disturbances, which negatively affect product quality and cause unplanned process shutdown. Therefore, a good understanding and competency on the major oil & gas production process operations and control are vital for the production personnel. This 2-day course is designed to educate the participants on the engineering design and process control practices in the oil & gas production processes, such as sand separation, produced water treatment, and crude oil desalting.

The course will cover the following major topics:
• Introduction to Oil & Gas Production Processes (such as sand separation, produced water treatment, crude oil treatment, etc.)
• Basics of Process Control
• Process Characteristics: Static and Dynamic
• Final Control Elements
• Controller Algorithm and Controller Tuning
• Single & Multiple Control Loops

Upon completion, the participants will be able to understand the process control fundamentals related to oil & gas production processes.   Moreover, they will have the basic knowledge to apply the process control concepts in monitoring their production process performance, and for better controller tuning to optimize their production outputs.

Register here, or download the form here.

Petronas maintains it has exclusive ownership on petroleum resources

September 16, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-02, FMT:

Petronas maintains that it has exclusive ownership of the petroleum resources in Malaysia and is the sole regulator of the upstream sector in the country.

It said this in reference to a press statement by the Sarawak chief minister’s office yesterday on the state government’s intent to exercise its power under the relevant laws relating to oil and gas activities in the state.

Moving forward, Petronas said it would closely monitor the situation, including seeking views and guidance from the federal government, being the sole shareholder of Petronas, in carrying out its duties.


Sidek Hassan retires as chairman of Petronas

September 15, 2018

For the historical record:

Dateline 2018-07-02, Business Times:

PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil company (NOC) confirmed on Monday that Sidek Hassan has stepped down as chairman of its board.

Petronas  stopped short of identifying Mr Sidek’s successor though Malaysian media have earlier speculated that Hassan Marican – now chairman of Sembcorp Marine, Singapore Power and Pavilion Energy – may return to helm the NOC’s board.

Testing time for Petronas

September 12, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-30, NST:

THE Sarawak government is expected to enforce the Oil and Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO 1958) tomorrow after Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) was denied leave to commence legal proceedings to seek a declaration on the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) being the law applicable for the petroleum industry in Malaysia.

Petronas is seeking a declaration that it is the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources and the sole regulator for the upstream industry in Malaysia while the state government is seeking to regulate the oil and gas (O&G) industry based on its laws — OMO 1958, the Land Code of Sarawak and the Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

The national oil company believes that the determination by the Federal Court would help provide clarity on its rights and position under the PDA.

Legal firm Azmi & Associates partner Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari said Petronas’ authority as the regulatory body in petroleum and gas in Malaysia as provided for under PDA1974 had never been really contested.

“What Petronas did was to seek declaration that the PDA supersedes the Sarawak state laws on mining. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not grant (permission) for that suit to be heard by the Federal Court.