Petronas poised to power up off Brunei

July 21, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-21, Upstream Online:

Malaysian operator Petronas is expected to approach the market soon seeking contractors to provide subsea facilities for development of the Kelidang Cluster in Block CA-2 off Brunei, moving a step closer to anticipated first production at the deep-water natural gas field in late 2021 or early 2022.

Industry sources with direct knowledge of the field development told Upstream that the state-owned company will award Norway’s Aker Solutions a contract to start on the front-end engineering and design for the Kelidang Cluster scheme, which includes a subsea production system and subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines.

Challenges remain for sour gas field project

July 20, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-21, Upstream Online:

Exploiting the estimated 3.2 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas reserves hosted in the Kasawari sour gas field off Malaysia has been a long time coming and there are still hurdles to be overcome, writes Amanda Battersby.

Operator Petronas originally targeted a 2019 start-up date for Kasawari with peak production of 900 million cubic feet per day envisaged. However, it now seems likely that the final investment decision will not be taken until the middle of next year at the earliest.

Among the challenges, industry sources suggested Petronas could yet return to the market with another open tender process if it cannot agree an acceptable price for the large central processing platform with preferred contractor Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering.

New partnerships as oil, gas majors forge ahead

July 19, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-21, NST:

Oil and gas majors are transitioning into new energy portfolios and partnerships as pressure mounts for business growth and environmental sustainability.

In an interview with The New Straits Times, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) vice president of refining and trading Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof said that the global energy landscape is going through structural changes – and trends are emerging with new business and partnership models, as risks, and returns are being weighed out.

“It is a transition – from what was categorically upstream, and downstream businesses monetising hydrocarbons, to now, the inclusion of other energy supply sources in the mix,” said Yusri who is also the chairman of the Asia Oil and Gas Conference (AOGC) 2019 organising committee.

‘Make safety equipment affordable ‘

July 18, 2019

Yeah, I’m looking forward to RM299 Redwing Pecos

Dateline 2019-06-20, NST:

 THE government should introduce tax rebates and other incentives for the import and manufacturing of quality and smart personal protective equipment (PPE) to encourage more employers to protect their workers.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said, at a time when Malaysia was undergoing rapid development, greater attention must be given to safety at work and the use of high-quality and advanced PPE.

“I would like to propose to the government to consider granting tax rebate for imported PPE to make it more affordable and encourage employers to acquire quality PPE for their employees.


Petronas starts naphtha cracking unit at new Pengerang oil refinery — sources

July 17, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-19, The Edge:

Malaysian state oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd or Petronas, and Saudi Aramco, have started operations at their new 1.2-million-tonnes-per-year naphtha cracker, multiple sources familiar the matter said on Wednesday.

The sources added that naphtha was imported this month specifically for the cracker, which had started recently though, an exact time frame could not be confirmed.

Petronas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

T7 Global to distribute Oliver Valves products in Malaysia

July 16, 2019

Not earth shattering, but I have mixed feelings in specing Oliver Valves:

Dateline 2019-06-19, NST:

T7 Global Bhd, via wholly-owned T7 Wenmax Sdn Bhd, has signed an exclusive agency agreement with UK-based Oliver Valves Ltd.

T7 Wenmax managing director Michael Aziz Eu said it would act as the sole and exclusive agent for the marketing and sales of valve solutions across Malaysia.

The company was bidding for RM100 million to RM200 million worth of contracts in Malaysia, he added.

“Wenmax is now focused on the Malaysian oil and gas industry and definitely we are looking at other markets in Southeast Asian countries.

Kelantan MB: Federal govt will pay oil royalty

July 15, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-17, Malay Mail:

The Kelantan government is confident the federal government will pay the petroleum royalty to the state despite several postponements, said Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

He said the Kelantan government would adopt the approach of waiting for the latest decision from the federal government after all procedures linked to the withdrawal of a oil royalty lawsuit against Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) was completed.