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.
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.
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.
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.
September 14, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-01, Malay Mail:
The Sarawak government today began exercising its powers over the oil and gas industry, but said it will give industry players until the end of 2019 for full compliance.
A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said oil and gas industry players are required to comply with the Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016, Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 and Sarawak Land Code (SLC) 1958.
The Gas Distribution Ordinance, which comes into force today, requires all activities related to gas distribution or within the distribution system for supply and delivery to be licensed by the state through the director of Gas Distribution.
These activities include the import of liquefied natural gas into Sarawak, regasification, treatment and the separation and processing.
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.
September 11, 2018
Short and to the point.
Dateline 2018-06-25, The Malaysian Insight:
THE Kelantan government is grateful to the federal government for agreeing to give it oil royalties, as stated by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad during a recent National Finance Council meeting.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob said in a statement today that he had called on Dr Mahathir at the premier’s office at Perdana Putra, Putrajaya.