Warning against intrusion near oil rigs

June 17, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-05, Daily Express:

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will take stern action against those caught intruding into oil rig areas in the State waters and conducting fish bombing activities.

Its District Director, First Admiral Adam Aziz, said the agency arrested seven people who did not possess any valid documents in the past two years for intruding into the restricted areas.

He said items worth an estimated RM15,000 were seized, including pump boats, which would be destroyed according to the procedure set under the Malaysian law.

“The agency will identify the boats’ registration numbers, issue warnings and take appropriate action against their owners.

“Most of these wrongdoers had intruded into the said areas for fishing and some were seen smoking cigarettes and even cooking their meals under the rigs, posing safety risks to the oil rig workers and fishermen,” he said.

“Those caught intruding into those areas risk a RM10,000 fine or two years’ jail, or both, under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959,” he added.

MPRC to engage Sarawak, Petros on new O&G ruling

June 16, 2018

For the historical record.

Dateline 2018-04-24, The Malaysian Reserve:

Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corp (MPRC) will collaborate with the Sarawak state government on the latter’s move to assume control of its oil and gas (O&G) rights from Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).

MPRC stated it would also engage with the relevant parties including Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) on how local O&G service and equipment players are to proceed once the takeover move and new rulings come into effect on July 1 this year.

“We will update industry players once there is further clarity on the regulatory structure and how local O&G service and equipment companies could be impacted by the changes,” MPRC stated in its response to a query by The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) on the latest status of the move by the Sarawak state government.

Following prospective amendments to the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016, companies involved in Sarawak’s O&G industry will be required to obtain the necessary licences and leases from the state government.


O&G industry under state law

June 15, 2018

This may be a historical note, maybe not.

Dateline 2018-04-20, Borneo Post:

Actions and penalties will be taken against any person or company including its contractors, sub-contractors and vendors operating in Sarawak without licences issued by the state government when the new regulatory framework over the oil and gas industry comes into force effective this July 1.

In order to ensure an orderly implementation of these new policies by the state government, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said an engagement with all industry players including Petronas will be held in the middle of next month (May).

“This is to inform them (industry players) about the state’s new regulatory framework over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after witnessing the signing of a land lease agreement for the development of an integrated supply base at Bintulu Port in a leading hotel here yesterday.

BPA, Bintulu Supply Base sign land lease agreement

June 14, 2018

Dateline 2018-04-19, Borneo Post:

Sarawak’s oil and gas industry achieved another milestone today with the signing of the land lease agreement for the development of an integrated supply base at the Second Inner Harbour, Bintulu Port.

The supply base will cater to the needs of the oil and gas industry offshore East Malaysia, and is targeted for start of commercial operations by the fourth quarter of 2019.

The signing of the land lease agreement between Bintulu Port Authority (BPA) and Bintulu Supply Base Sdn Bhd was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

BPA was represented by its chairman Hadzari Abang and general manager Zulkurnain Ayub while Bintulu Supply Base was represented by its chairman Ahmadi Yusoff and director Datuk Ahmad Redza Abdullah.

Abang Johari pointed out that this new integrated supply base at Bintulu Port, will become a one-stop centralised logistic support centre to service the needs of oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in off shore areas of Sarawak.


Body of missing Ocean Geos crew found by rescuers

June 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-04-18, NST:

The body of the Ocean Geos crew, reported missing when a fire broke out on the oil and gas drilling vessel, has been found.

The remains of Mohamad Saiful Ashnar, 31, were found inside the body of the ship about 1.30pm after the rescue team made the decision to search inside the vessel this morning.

Miri Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Captain Md Fauzi Othman said the body was found by four Miri Zone Fire and Rescue Department personnel.

“The victim’s body was then taken to the Labuan Marina Jetty before being handed over to the police for further action,” he said when contacted, here on Wednesday.

He said MMEA had sought the help of firefighters as they had experience handling such cases, including the risk of poisonous gas leakage.

“This is part of the rescue team’s efforts in locating the crew,” he said.

In the incident that took place around 3am on Tuesday, the Ocean Geos was conducting geotechnical work in the area during the incident.

Sapura Energy finally gets go-ahead for Sarawak gas fields

June 3, 2018

Dateline 2018-04-12, The Edge:

The long-awaited go-ahead for the development of three gas fields off Sarawak provided a huge boost to flagging Sapura Energy Bhd, with its market capitalisation boosted by more than half a billion ringgit as its share price rallied sharply yesterday.

Sapura Energy logged its largest single-day price gain since its listing six years ago to finish a fifth higher to 64.5 sen after it announced it was proceeding with the development of the Gorek, Larak and Bakong gas fields off Sarawak under phase one of the SK408 production sharing contract (PSC).

The PSC follows a final investment decision (FID) made after the fields development plan received Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s approval. Concurrently, the key terms of the gas sales agreement for the gas fields’ development have been agreed upon.

Saudi Aramco finalizes refinery deal with Malaysia’s Petronas

June 2, 2018

Only now?

Dateline 2018-03-28, Reuters:

Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARMO.SE] finalised a deal on Wednesday with Malaysian state energy company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to invest in a refinery project off Malaysia.