Diving Tenggol 2018-09 Pt 1 of 6

November 14, 2018

Sarawak’s oil, Sarawak’s soil, so let us decide, says Nancy

November 13, 2018

Cool slogan. Can I steal it?

Date 2018-08-29, FMT:

Sarawakians should be the ones dictating how much oil royalty it will get as the oil is in their soil, said Sarawak MP Nancy Shukri.

Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, said a lot of Sarawakians were of the view that the state had been enriching West Malaysians and as a result the state had become backward and has not been getting much.

“Sarawakians have been talking. They say, ‘we see the Petronas Twin Towers, but look at us. Where are we?’

“That is why Sarawakians are now very aggressive and protective about their reserves. We explain why the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is still important because Sabah and Sarawak are still very backward in terms of development.

Future of SMDS depends on three areas

November 12, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-29, Borneo Post:

The future of Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis (SMDS) depends on three areas, says Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo.

One, to remain competitive SMDS must continued its technology development programme.

“We have an active programme in our research labs in Amsterdam and here in Bintulu SMDS to ensure that SMDS can compete with a new generation of coal to liquids plant from China,” he said during the SMDS 25th anniversary gala dinner here on Monday.

Secondly, in terms of product development, SMDS must find more innovative and high value uses for its unique products.

“We rely on our own research and development in the US, our distributors and customers and also learning institutions,” Lo added. “A good example is our collaboration with UNIMAS, which has helped us develop an application in 3D printing for Sarawax.”

Students Jertih to take part in nuclear congress in Russia

November 11, 2018

Tahniah, anak muda!

Dateline 2018-08-26, The Sun:

Although they will be put on stage in front of seniors and experts in nuclear science, three students from a fishing village in Terengganu are determined to make the best presentation at the ‘Rosatom Youth Congress’ in Russia on Monday.

Having won a student competition during the ‘Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes’ international conference held in South Korea in May, Muhammad Syazwan Mat Sidek, 17, Muhammad Anuar Abd Ghani, 17, and Safyyah Muhammad Nasir, 16, are determined to spread awareness on the benefits of nuclear technology.

Looking at the proficiency in English and confidence on stage while in South Korea, many may have thought that the students of SMK Kuala Besut were from an urban area, but Muhammad Anuar and Safyyah’s parents are only small-time businessmen at the Jertih market while Muhammad Syazwan is the son of a teacher.

Muhammad Syazwan said there was no time limit given to them to make their presentation at the congress in Saint Petersburg, unlike the competition in South Korea, where they were given 13 minutes, including a question and answer session.


Dr M: ECRL and Sabah gas pipeline projects cancelled

November 10, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-21, NST:

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the multi-billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects are cancelled for now.

The prime minister said Chinese President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang understood the reasons behind the cancellation of the two Chinese government-backed projects.

“I have explained to them and they understood the situation and accepted them,” Dr Mahathir told journalists at the end of his five-day official visit to China.

“Initially, there were some misunderstandings but now they understood why we do it. I don’t think China wants us to be bankrupt,” said Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir said the projects involved huge amounts of money and Malaysia does not really need them at the moment, amid the country’s financial situation with high debt left by the previous government.

Hess Corp’s S-E Asia assets attract bid interest

November 9, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-21, The Star:

The South-East Asian offshore natural gas assets of US oil and gas producer Hess Corp, estimated to be worth as much as US$5bil, have attracted takeover interest from firms including Thailand’s PTTEP PCL and Austrian energy group OMV AG, people familiar with the matter said.

Hess, which has a collection of gas fields in North Malay Basin in offshore Malaysia and in the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) with 50% equal partner Petronas, has not yet decided whether to sell the assets, according to financial and industry sources.


Sabah expects RM5 bil in petroleum royalty

November 8, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-14, FMT:

The Sabah government expects no less than RM5 billion annually if petroleum royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

However, Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said Petronas had informed the state government that cash payments from oil and gas revenues would depend on various factors.

“Among the factors which determine the amount of royalty include the mechanism and basis for the increments in cash payments which need to be discussed and decided by the relevant parties, estimates of oil and gas output, advanced plans for the development of oil and gas fields and global crude oil prices,” he said.

Shafie, who is also the state finance minister, said this in reply to a question from Dr Joachim Gunsalam (PBS-Kundasang) at the Sabah state assembly here today.