Sarawak issues leases on two oil fields to Petros

November 23, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-30, FMT:

The Sarawak government has issued mining leases to its oil and gas (O&G) company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), to carry out mining of O&G in two fields, in Miri and Marudi.

It marked the beginning of efforts to exercise the state’s constitutional rights to regulate onshore oil mining.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg who made the announcement tonight said the leases were for the Adong Kecil West field in Miri district and the Engkabang block in Marudi district.


Political stability may be behind Shell’s recent shift to Sarawak, says analyst

November 14, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-25, FMT:

An analyst believes Shell’s decision to downsize its operations in Sabah and move its personnel into Sarawak was partly driven by the political stability in the latter.

Sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Pawi said the stability of the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has managed to instill foreign and local investors’ confidence in Sarawak.

“This has (particularly) attracted foreign investors to pump more investments into Sarawak and this can also be attributed to this latest move by Shell (in Sabah),” he told FMT.

“The repositioning of Shell’s focus (back) to Miri is because Sarawak is seen to be having a clearer state policy as well as better facilities. This exudes confidence that the state is prepared to further develop and move forward in the oil and gas industry.”

According to Awang Azman, Sarawak’s determination in defending its rights by being bold enough to stand up to Putrajaya on issues pertaining to oil and gas was also another consideration.


Sarawak needs law to claim carbon credit, says Abang Johari

November 8, 2020

I gotta get into this racket.

Dateline 2020-10-19, Malay Mail:

Sarawak would have to legislate a law in order to claim for carbon credit, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said at the moment, the state does not have provisions in its law to treat carbon credit as a trading commodity.

“We have to upgrade our law so that we are able to claim carbon credit and then be recognised as a green state,” he said at the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between Craun Research Sdn Bhd and Knowledge Integration Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Nitsei Sago Industries Sdn Bhd held at a hotel here today.

Carbon credit is a term for any tradeable certificate or permit that aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere while promoting the use of renewable energy.

Abang Johari pointed out that Sarawak is currently on the right track towards producing green technology.


Sarawak to finally receive SST cheque from Petronas tomorrow

October 20, 2020

Apparently, they were still waiting.

Dateline 2020-09-16, Malay Mail:

Sarawak’s endeavour to reclaim its rights on its oil and gas resources will reach a milestone tomorrow with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) finally handing over a cheque to the state government for the State Sales Tax (SST).

According to a media invite from the Chief Minister’s Office today, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will receive the cheque from Petronas at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here at 4pm.


Sarawak to finally receive SST cheque from Petronas tomorrow

October 19, 2020

Will the check bounce?

Dateline 2020-09-16, Malay Mail:

Sarawak’s endeavour to reclaim its rights on its oil and gas resources will reach a milestone tomorrow with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) finally handing over a cheque to the state government for the State Sales Tax (SST).

According to a media invite from the Chief Minister’s Office today, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will receive the cheque from Petronas at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here at 4pm.


Limbang among blocks where Petros may lead petroleum management

October 6, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-06, Malay Mail:

 The federal government is currently in discussions with Petronas for Petros to lead the petroleum management site regulations on onshore activities at blocks including Limbang.

Petros vice-president portfolio and planning Abang Arabi Abang Narudin disclosed this in reply to Deputy Minister of Transport and Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah during a question and answer session at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Convention for the northern region here yesterday.

Hasbi said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had previously mentioned the possibility of oil being found in Limbang.


Sarawak CM claims Petronas told to withdraw court appeal against paying sales tax

July 8, 2020

Dateline 2020-06-12, Malay Mail:

Putrajaya has directed national oil company Petronas not to proceed with its appeal after losing a court case and being ordered to pay Sarawak the sales tax amounting to RM2.8 billion, Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said Petronas had filed an appeal of the High Court’s decision on the application for a judicial review against the imposition of the Sarawak Sales Tax on the import of petroleum products before the change of the federal government from Pakatan Harapan (PH) to Perikatan Nasional (PN).


Sarawak has new formula for oil revenue-sharing, says CM

November 24, 2019

Dateline 2019-09-28, FMT:

The Sarawak government says it has a new formula on revenue-sharing with Petronas in a bid to recover its losses from royalties on natural gas and crude oil obtained from within its waters.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the new formula had been submitted to the federal government.

He said he was aware that government-owned Petronas is also an international company but that did not mean that the company could deprive the state of its revenue.


Sarawak govt to take Petronas to court if 5pc sale tax not paid

November 23, 2019

Really?

Dateline 2019-09-29, Malay Mail:

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today said the state government is prepared to go to court to get its share of revenue from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), if the oil company does not pay the 5 per cent sales tax on the export of petroleum and petroleum products.

He said the state is within its rights to receive the share as enshrined under the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) and the Federal Constitution.


About half of new gas resources to be kept as feedstock, says Sarawak CM

November 12, 2019

Dateline 2019-09-11, FMT:

About 40℅ to 50% of new findings of gas resources in Sarawak must be retained as feedstock for gas- related industries in the state, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said this was to ensure Sarawak had sufficient gas feedstock to drive downstream activities of the natural gas industries in Sarawak, particularly the petrochemical industries.

Abang Johari announced this during the launch of Sarawak’s first methanol plant – Sarawak Petchem – at Tanjung Kidurong in Bintulu here, today.