Malaysian government, Petronas form offshore security initiative

May 23, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-05, Offshore:

Petronas has entered a collaboration with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to safeguard the country’s offshore oil and gas facilities.

Abdul Jalil Zainul, Petronas’ Head of Strategic Relations said the aim was to avoid incidents such as maritime accidents, encroachment and fish bombings, and potential crises or disasters within the oil and gas operation areas.

“There are close to 300 offshore oil and gas facilities in the South China Sea, with numerous safety and security challenges,” he said, “and most of these threats were found to occur within the safety zone and restricted areas surrounding the offshore upstream installations.”


Diving 2019-03 Morotai 3 of 8

May 22, 2019

IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 One Day Course on “Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) Training for Workshop Participants”

May 21, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 4th July 2019. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by your’s truly, so come and heckle me.

In the Layer of Protection methodology, a Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) designed to eliminate the cause of a risk or minimize the consequence of an event. The expectation of the SIF’s reliability to perform upon demand must be defined so that it is designed appropriately. The Safety Integrity Level (SIL) study is a tool used this. This full day course is designed to educate participants in the SIL process from the perspective of a SIL team member.

Ir. Razmahwata Bin Mohd Razalli has 20 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.


TNB: Drop in coal, gas prices won’t affect electricity tariff

May 20, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-04, Malay Mail:

The recent drop in global coal and gas prices would not likely affect the electricity tariff in Malaysia as they are still higher than the base prices set during the three-year revision in 2018, says Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

Chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie said the current coal and gas prices of about US$90 per tonne and RM28 per MMBtu are higher than the US$75 per tonne and RM27.20 per MMBtu during the revision.


Malaysia’s Petronas testing polymer units at Pengerang

May 19, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-04, Argus:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas is continuing test runs of polymer units at its new petrochemical facility in Pengerang in the run-up to the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Petronas has so far produced small quantities of on-specification product.

The facility, a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Aramco, will be able to produce 900,000 t/yr of polypropylene (PP) and 750,000 t/yr of polyethylene (PE).

Petronas is expected to ramp up test runs and increase run rates in the run-up to Ramadan, which starts in early May.

Ramadan is typically a slow period in Malaysia, with working hours reduced in state-owned companies.


Johor crown prince rebuts PM Mahathir, insists Johor was not informed about shipping hub project

May 18, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-02, Channel News Asia:

The crown prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on Tuesday (Apr 2) hit back at Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for saying that the southern state has been aware of a new shipping hub project.

In a hard-hitting Facebook post, the royal stated that Dr Mahathir was “acting unconstitutionally” over the project, which would see the world’s largest ship-to-ship transfer hub being constructed in Johor Bahru’s port waters.

The crown prince noted that land and water matters are the state’s prerogative. He insisted that the royal family and the state government were not told of the project earlier.

“Whoever who says that Johor is aware is lying,” he said, without naming Dr Mahathir.


Terengganu received RM1b in oil royalty last year, says MB

May 17, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-03, Malay Mail:

Terengganu received RM1.053 billion in oil royalty payment from the federal government last year, Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar told the State assembly today.

He said the payment was made in stages, with RM603 million made before the 14th general election, RM100 million on Aug 21, RM200 million on Oct 8 and RM150 million on Dec 12.

He was responding to an oral question from Bazlan Abdul Rahman (BN-Batu Rakit) on the petroleum and gas royalty given to Terengganu last year.

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