Petronas: Decarbonising fossil fuel the way to go

July 27, 2022

Dateline 2022-05-26, The Edge:

OVER the years, there has been much debate on whether low-carbon solutions such as carbon capture technology are relevant in the light of renewable energy adoption and the energy transition.

The recent energy crunch, which saw oil and gas prices skyrocket amid high demand, and pushed some countries to even revisit coal for power generation, has proved that fossil fuel use cannot be avoided in the near term.

This means it is even more pertinent to explore technologies that allow carbon reduction and offset during the energy transition, says Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) vice-president and chief sustainability officer Charlotte Wolff-Bye.

Meet the farmer: Yit Tung

July 25, 2022

Someone played the exit from O&G card early. I still yearn for a vertical vanilla bean plant.

Dateline 2022-05-23, The Fish Site:

“Within three months of working in oil and gas I knew it was not a job that I could do for my whole career. But aquaculture – I can easily imagine doing this for 30 or 40 years,” he muses.

Tung moved into aquaculture in 2017, shortly after graduating from university, when – together with a few friends – he was looking to invest in a business.

“We bought an RAS from China and tried to use it to produce mud crabs. But the system didn’t work,” Tung recalls of his early efforts.

Azmin: Govt likely to introduce targeted fuel mechanism amid rising crude oil prices

July 22, 2022

I repeat myself like a broken record: more carrot and stick for public transport.

Dateline 2022-05-21, Malay Mail:

The government is likely to introduce a targeted fuel mechanism to cushion the impact of the rising crude oil prices, especially for the lower-income group, said Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said the government is still working on a suitable structure following the sharp jump in the fuel subsidy projection for 2022 to RM28 billion, compared to RM11 billion in 2021.

“We talked about the review in a special retreat recently.

S’wak set to be first in Malaysia enforcing carbon emissions regulations

July 15, 2022

Dateline 2022-05-18, Borneo Post:

Sarawak will become the first state in Malaysia to have legislation that would see industries, including oil and gas, operating in the state needing to comply with international requirements when the proposed Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022 is passed, said Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

The Deputy Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) said these international requirements include reducing carbon emission intensity under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

You said nothing about PH-era bailouts, Najib tells Dr M

July 14, 2022

Dateline 2022-05-17, FMT:

It’s a slow news period, sue me.

Former prime minister Najib Razak has accused Dr Mahathir Mohamad of being hypocritical following the latter’s disagreement on bailing out Sapura Energy Bhd (SEB).

Yesterday, Mahathir was reported as saying that steps should be taken to trim losses incurred by the oil and gas services company, and that bailing out “failed people” was “not business”.

Taking to Facebook, Najib reminded Mahathir that when he was the prime minister under Pakatan Harapan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), headed by then chairman Zeti Akhtar Aziz, had also “bailed out” SEB.

Singaporean cars can’t buy RON 95 fuel in Malaysia, but what about diesel, which is also subsidised?

July 13, 2022

For the love of Gentleminions, put subsidies into public transport, and other public utilities.

Dateline 2022-05-17,

The reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore land border on April 1 saw no shortage of traffic heading into the country, and with it, plenty of reports of Singaporean motorists refuelling with RON 95 petrol at Malaysian fuel stations during the first week of the reopening.

This action is of course not allowed, as foreign-registered vehicles (including motorcycles) are prohibited from buying RON 95 – which is heavily subsidised by the Malaysian government – under a ban that has been in place since August 1, 2010.

Explain RM2.7bil injection into Sapura when you were govt, Najib tells PH

July 9, 2022

Man, I missed a good fight in May, shades of (no, not dirty white) Rumble in the Jungle.

Dateline 2022-05-15, FMT:

Former prime minister Najib Razak wants Pakatan Harapan (PH) to explain why it pumped RM2.7 billion into Sapura Energy Bhd (SEB) in 2019, despite knowing that its former CEO Shahril Shamsuddin was given a huge compensation the year before.

He was referring to the amount injected into the company by Perbadanan Nasional Bhd that made the GLC the largest shareholder in the oil and gas company.

Sarawak in talks with Norway to form sovereign fund, says Abang Johari

July 8, 2022

Ah, another 1MDB, which used to be a Terengganu sovereign fund. Book those URLs now, ladies.

Dateline 2022-05-13, The Edge:

Sarawak will engage seriously with Norway in an earnest effort towards the successful formation and management of its own sovereign wealth fund, Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

Given the widely acclaimed success of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund that had been managed with the highest standard of governance since its inception in 1996, it is a standard Sarawak needs to benchmark on, he pointed out.

Taking over Sapura Energy will depend on financial situation, says Tok Pa

July 7, 2022

Wait, what? PETRONAS is proposing this? What about our fabrication yards?

Dateline 2022-05-14, FMT:

The government must look at the country’s financial performance before considering the proposal for Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to take over Sapura Energy Bhd (Sapura Energy) to prevent the oil and gas company from going bankrupt.

Economic affairs minister Mustapa Mohamed said careful consideration must be taken as the oil and gas industry is a strategic industry and taking into account that Sapura Energy is the world’s second largest integrated oil and gas service provider.

Petronas-Aramco refinery in Malaysia restarts after 2-year closure: source

July 6, 2022

Dateline 2022-05-11, Arab News:

 A 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery-petrochemical complex in Malaysia run as a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Aramco has restarted after a more than two-year closure, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

The complex in Pengerang, Johor, is resuming operations at a time when refining margins in Asia are at record levels, buoyed by a fuel demand recovery as more economies across Asia, except for China, ease COVID-19 restrictions.