Sarawak hails move to clarify rights over oil

July 10, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-05, FMT:

A Sarawak minister has welcomed Petronas’ move to let the Federal Court settle the issue of ownership of petroleum resources in the country.

 “It’s good that Petronas is finally taking the matter to court for clarification so that Sarawak and Malaya can revisit what they negotiated and agreed to when they formed Malaysia,” said Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the state minister for tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports.

“As far as Sarawak is concerned, resources within the state’s territory, which includes its continental shelf, belong to the state and require the state’s permission to extract.”


Malaysia’s national oil company files for declaration it owns all oil, including in Sarawak

July 9, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-04, Straits Times:

Malaysia’s national oil company Petroliam Nasional (Petronas) has gone to court for a declaration that it is the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources in the country, including in Sarawak state.

Petronas said on Monday (June 4) it had filed an application before the Federal Court seeking the declaration under the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), which governs the petroleum industry in Malaysia.

The application also seeks a declaration that Petronas is the regulator for the upstream oil industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak.


Kuala Besut students win nuke energy contest

July 8, 2018

It’s news like this that makes one take a look at their legacy, their mark on this earth. Congratulations, you!

Dateline 2018-06-03, The Star:

Even though they began with zero knowledge of nuclear energy, three secondary school students made Malaysia proud when they emerged champions in the Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power competition organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Gyenongju, South Korea, on May 30.

Safyyah Muhammad Nasir, 16, Muhammad Syazwan Mat Sidik, 17, and Muhammad Anuar Abd Ghani, 17, from SMK Kuala Besut, Terengganu won with their project “100 Things About Nuclear Science And Life”.

The trio produced a computer game application which could channel information on nuclear science and the uses of nuclear energy in everyday life.

 

 


Oil and gas companies not looking fine with Q1 results

July 7, 2018

Apologies for focussing on market news, its a slow news cycle.

Dateline 2018-05-31, NST:

 The oil and gas companies under Kenanga Research’s coverage are likely to see deteriorating performance with lower number of outperformers.

Kenanga Research said only two out of seven companies that released their latest interim results had outperformed. They were Dialog Group Bhd and Sapura Energy Bhd.

Another company in the firm’s universe is Bumi Armada Bhd, which is due to release its first quarter results today.

“The disappointment ratio was also higher at 31 per cent (assuming Bumi Armada’s results came within expectations) versus 13 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 even with the anticipation of first quarter being a seasonally weak quarter,” Kenanga Research said today.

It noted that upstream services players such as Alam Maritim Resources Bhd, Coastal Contracts Bhd and Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd had missed expectations due to stubborn fixed costs amidst unsatisfactory vessel utilisation.

Gas Malaysia Bhd and Petronas Dagangan Bhd also had a soft start dragged by higher product costs and sliding sales volume.


Don’t plunder Petronas, Najib tells Pakatan government

July 6, 2018

Avast there, maties! BTW, when does Datuk Seri get his Tun?

Dateline 2018-05-31, The Star:

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has urged the new government not to plunder funds from Petronas for bailouts.

“I urged the new government to continue to give sufficient space and capital to Petronas to fulfil their vision and not to plunder funds from Petronas or through bail-out missions as what was done during the 22 years of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s previous administration,” he said on his Facebook post on Thursday (May 31).

Najib noted the new Pakatan Harapan government recently stated that the shortfall in revenue due to the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be made up by Petronas, Khazanah, and Bank Negara Malaysia by making higher dividend payments to the government.


RON95 and diesel price to stay, RON97 will be floated — PM

July 5, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-30, The Edge:

The government will retain the current price of RON95 and diesel at the pumps, but the price of the premium RON97 petrol will be subject to a float system, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

“The price for diesel and RON95 will be maintained, but the price for RON97 will be floated according to the market,” Dr Mahathir told reporters after chairing the second weekly Cabinet meeting here today.

At present, RON95 and diesel are sold at RM2.20 per litre and RM2.18 per litre respectively, while that of RON97 is priced at RM2.47 per litre. The retail fuel prices have remained unchanged ahead of the 14th general election on May 9, despite crude oil prices rising to US$75.39 per barrel at the time of writing.


UPDATE 2-Malaysian govt may seek more revenue from Petronas as profit jumps

July 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-30, Reuters:

Malaysia may collect up to $2.3 billion more in taxes and dividends from Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, this year, a finance ministry official said on Wednesday, as firmer oil prices boost profits at the state energy firm.

The new administration led by Mahathir Mohamad is relying more on Petronas – a significant contributor to government revenue and the country’s largest employer – to offset a revenue shortfall from the government’s plan to scrap a consumption tax.

Oil prices were trading close to 3-1/2-year highs on Wednesday as Petronas reported a 26-percent surge in first quarter profit.

With oil prices improving, Malaysia may collect 8-9 billion ringgit ($2-$2.26 billion) more in revenue from Petronas this year, Ong Kian Ming, a special officer to the finance minister, told Reuters.