May 17, 2020
Do any kiosks actually close every time BUMIPEDA threaten to do it?
Dateline 2020-04-17, Malaysian Reserve:
PETROL pump operators are looking to halve the number of stations that are open during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to cut losses as motorists stay home going into the fifth week of travel restrictions.
Petrol pumps are considered essential services and must remain open under instructions from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), but dealers are asking that some locations be allowed to stop business until the MCO is revoked because there is no demand at the moment.
Bumiputera Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia (Bumipeda) president Datuk Abu Samah Bachik said the public can be serviced even if half the number of stations are allowed to shut during the MCO.
Even with the drop in oil prices, the demand for fuel has dried up as only essential travel is allowed since March 18 and will be enforced at least until April 28. Globally, the benchmark Brent crude dropped 5% on Wednesday to US$28 (RM121.80) a barrel, as demand drops to a 25-year low.
May 16, 2020
Dateline 2020-04-16, Manifold Times:
The Johor-Bahru division of Malaysia Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) on Wednesday (15 April) reported the sinking of oil tanker MT Wan Da near Tanjung Penyusop in its initial investigations.
According to MRSC, the head office in Johor Bahru was first made aware of the incident from the Head of Tanjung Pengelih Maritime Zone who received a request from a shipping and forwarding company to carry out salvaging works on the vessel.
Rescue vessel Petir 11 of Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone was on patrol at about 2.20 pm when it discovered an overturned vessel about 2.7 nautical miles off Tanjung Penyusop.
May 15, 2020
Dateline 2020-04-14, Yahoo:
Malaysian state energy giant Petronas said the risks of delays to some of its projects were rising due to prolonged coronavirus-related lockdowns around the world.
Petronas, which operates in more than 20 countries including Brazil and the United States, said in an email that it would try to maintain its domestic spending for this year.
The company forecast 2020 domestic capital expenditure of 26 billion ringgit ($6 billion) to 28 billion ringgit, higher than last year.
“The ongoing global spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and collapse in oil prices continue to impact financial markets as well as many economies and industries around the world,” Petronas said in an emailed statement on Monday.
May 14, 2020
Dateline 2020-04-13, Channel News Asia:
Stuck in a 14-day home quarantine, rural empowerment activist Adrian Banie Lasimbang decided to take advantage of the enforced isolation and come up with a working prototype of a solar-powered, electric buggy in the past two weeks.
The 43-year-old, who is also a senator from Sabah in the Dewan Negara (the Malaysian Parliament’s upper house), told CNA he was quarantined from Mar 23 till Apr 5 after coming into contact with a friend who later tested positive for COVID-19.
May 13, 2020
Dateline 2020-04-07, Malay Mail:
Sabah has implemented a 5 per cent sales tax on petroleum products sold in its territory, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said he informed petroleum companies of the state’s decision to collect the tax last month and it should come into effect immediately.
“We’ve done it already, last month,” he said when asked what was Sabah’s plan to impose the tax.
This comes after the High Court ruled last month that Sabah and Sarawak have the right under the Federal Constitution to impose a sales tax on petroleum products.
May 12, 2020
Dateline 2020-04-06, Upstream:
A worker off Malaysia has tested positive for Covid-19, the second such confirmed case in Southeast Asia’s second-largest oil producer.
“Petronas, through its subsidiary, Petronas Carigali, confirms that one of its contractors at an offshore platform in Miri, Sarawak has tested positive for Covid-19. The contractor is currently receiving treatment at a government hospital,” Petronas told Upstream on Monday.
A contractor source claimed that the worker in question was a rig crew member on Velesto Drilling’s jack-up Naga 6.
As a result of his diagnosis, work has been temporarily stopped at Petronas Carigali’s Tukau Timur (East Tukau) and Baronia fields’ infill drilling programmes.
“As a precautionary measure to manage the risk of exposure, we have temporarily locked down the rig and suspended all crew change. All identified close contacts have immediately been placed under quarantine for 14 days,” said Petronas.
May 11, 2020
Dateline 2020-03016, Menafn:
Based on local media reports, the Pengerang Integrated Complex near Kota Tinggi in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor reported five of its personnel killed as fire flared up in the complex on Sunday.
Few hours before Sunday midnight, the state operations center had received an emergency call reporting the blast, Johor state Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Pauzan Ahmad declared.
Bernama state news agency cited Ahmad as saying “Upon arriving at the location, the team found that an explosion and fire occurred at the plant diesel hydrotreater unit which uses hydrogen to remove sulphur waste from raw diesel.”