May 19, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-15, FMT:
“Renewable energy is the future!”
Permutations of this catchphrase have been pronounced by prophets aplenty but more than a decade into the so-called “renewable energy revolution”, we are yet to see many countries, including Malaysia, switching to a predominantly renewable energy-based economy.
It’s easy to point fingers and say governments are ineffective or large corporations prefer to plunder our natural resources but those arguments very often are straw men that distract us from the real issue at hand – the intermittency problem of renewable energy solutions.
May 18, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-11, The Edge:
Solar enthusiasts are jumping on the bandwagon to promote the renewable energy (RE) source, harping that it is freely available and more cost-effective.
But is this true? And is too much solar a good thing? Let’s explore this further.
Solar is available only during the day, thus you still need to cater for energy during the night. This will normally be provided by other conventional plants (i.e. coal, gas, and hydro). This means that conventional plants are still needed even though solar is introduced into the system.
May 17, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-11, Malay Mail:
The new oil and gas discovery in the shallow waters of Balingian by Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will positively impact not only the sub district but also Mukah Division, said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
With the oil and gas belt stretching from Balingian to Miri, he said a new base for operations may need to be set up in Mukah and when it happens, it will spur development in the division.
May 14, 2021
Dateline 2020-04-07, The Edge:
Upstream oil and gas services companies have never really recovered from the 2016 downturn, and the trend in energy transition will pose another challenge in their path towards recovery, said Moody’s Investors Service.
On top of that, prospects for the sector remain weak on the back of recent capex cuts, said Moody’s Investors Service corporate finance group associate managing director Vikas Halan.
“The pain that started back in 2016 for oilfield services companies, when oil prices started declining, has somewhat continued,” Vikas said during Moody’s Inside ASEAN Series’ Media Roundtable today.
“And the oilfield services companies never really recovered from 2016. This round of [capex] cuts is adding further [to that pain],” Vikas said.
May 13, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-06, NST:
Oil and gas companies operating in Malaysia are seeking more clarity on the country’s future direction in the energy transition in line with the global trend of accelerating to a low or zero-carbon future.
ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc president Edward Graham said most O&G players were finding ways to be cost-competitive and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.
This was in tandem with the global energy industry’s transition to renewables and low carbon solutions.
May 12, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-06, The Star:
Industry players should not urge Malaysia to set too high a target for renewable energy (RE) without thinking about the cost of electricity supply that consumers have to bear, said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
In planning the country’s electricity supply, he said the government had taken the approach to balance the three elements in the energy trilemma – guarantee of energy supply, affordability and sustainability.
He said the government had set a RE target of 31 per cent of the generation capacity for 2025, hence, the electricity sector is expected to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions by 45 per cent for the period.
May 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-05, NST:
The global oil and gas’ upstream sector has seen significant cuts in capital expenditure (capex) with spending below about US$400 billion in 2020.
This was less than half than the peak in 2014, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice president and chief executive officer (upstream) Adif Zulkifli said.
“Companies had to make important decisions to remain resilient by keeping costs low and margins intact. Projects were put on hold, asset equipment impairments saw an upswing and job cuts were widespread within the industry,” he said in a keynote address at the inaugural virtual Re-Imagining Malaysia Assets (Reset) 2021 Conference here today.
May 10, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-06, Malaysian Reserve:
PLAYERS in the oil and gas (O&G) services sector are still figuring out the direction of the country’s energy transition plan, which could guide the industry towards a more synergistic process in charting the course for a zero-carbon future in tandem with the global trend.
Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council (MOGSC) president Sharifah Zaida Nurlisha Syed Ibrahim said more clarity on the issue could be furnished by major players in the field, along with other relevant stakeholders.
She said local O&G services companies are committed to finding and delivering the best solutions for the industry according to the country’s aspiration of future energy production and consumption.
May 7, 2021
Dateline 2021-04-05, Malay Mail:
Oil and gas will continue to make up a significant portion of the energy mix, although at a declining trend of 47 per cent by 2040 from about 54 per cent in 2018 due to the growth of renewable energy.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice-president and chief executive officer, upstream, Adif Zulkifli said as an industry tasked with catering to the growing energy demand, it was critical for the national oil company to continue to deliver energy that was affordable, secure and sustainable.
“This is where the challenge lies. We need to do it safely, at the lowest cost possible to ensure we are resilient and additionally, at low carbon which means that we need to ensure that we need to drive carbon emissions levels down from current levels,” he said in his keynote address at the inaugural Re-Imagining Malaysia Assets (RESET) 2021.