January 11, 2018
Dateline 2017-11-17, The Malaysian Insight:
IN the latest move by Sarawak to reclaim its constitutional rights, the state government has told Petronas to get the necessary mining permits in a move seen as exerting its mining rights.
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said even though the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave the national petroleum company the right to explore and mine for petroleum in Sarawak, the state still retains the right to issuing mining leases.
He said the rights are listed in the federal constitution.
“The power of the state to issue mining leases remains in the state list of the federal constitution.
October 15, 2017
Dateline 2017-09-02, FMT:
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg said for a person to be appointed as a board member of the newly formed Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), he or she must be very experienced in the oil and gas industry.
He was responding to a question posed by a reporter who asked when he was going to appoint a Dayak representative to the Petros board of directors.
“Actually, there is already a Dayak representative in the board by the name of Mohd Medan Abdullah, who is a Muslim Kelabit,” he said here today.
The Chief Minister’s Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary Hamid Bugo, who once served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu, as chairman of Petros. Hamid has also been chairman of oil and gas company Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.
The other Petros board members announced are Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng, whom Abang Johari had described as “experienced industry professionals with very strong and proven track records and had served in key positions in the oil and gas industry”.
October 1, 2017
Dateline 2017-08-18, Malay Mail Online:
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has acknowledged national oil corporation Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) vast contribution to the state’s economy.
He said this was made possible by close ties between the Sarawak and federal governments, as well as between the state and Petronas.
Asserting that the need for the close relations to be maintained, he said the state government would work on a win-win situation with both the federal government and Petronas to derive maximum benefits from the oil and gas (O&G) industry.
The chief minister said Petronas had been successful in its 43 operations and Sarawak was not new in the O&G industry, having been involved in the industry for 107 years, previously with Shell and now with Petronas.
July 29, 2017
Dateline 2017-06-11, The Malay Mail:
The Sarawak government is planning to establish a state-owned offshore oil and gas exploration company in order to participate in the industry, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the plan was discussed with national oil corporation, Petronas, which was very receptive to the idea of the state-owned company partaking in upstream and downstream oil and gas exploration activities.
“I had discussions with Petronas, we are adopting a new approach.
“Sarawak will participate in both upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.
“In the upstream sector, this will be Sarawak’s maiden venture, as such, we need to set up a state-owned company in order to join Petronas in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.
May 18, 2017
Dateline 2017-04-13, FMT:
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg should be firm with Petronas that it must consult Sarawak when deciding on its onshore and offshore blocks of oil and gas, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said.
See, the state PKR vice chairman, also urged the state government to consider investing in and taking ownership of the development of the petroleum resources within Sarawak’s territorial boundary.
The Borneo Post quoted See as saying it was unacceptable for Petronas to continue ignoring Sarawak’s assertion of rights to resources within the state’s territorial boundary.
“I am seriously contemplating to move a private member’s motion on this matter at the coming Sarawak State Assembly sitting scheduled from May 11 to 22, and I am hopeful that my fellow ADUNs (state assemblypersons) will be supportive of it, to take another important step towards fulfilling Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s, and all Sarawakians’, aspiration that Sarawak’s inherent sovereign and autonomous powers be respected by the Federation.”
April 11, 2017
Dateline 2017-04-01, Borneo Post:
Turning Bintulu into a gas hub, continuing to exploit small pool reserves and enhancing local participation in both upstream and downstream activities are among the key focus areas to boost Sarawak’s position in the oil and gas sector.
In highlighting this, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said these measures were on top of the government’s persistent push for 20 per cent oil royalty from the federal government and Petronas.
“Oil and gas resources are still available in Sarawak based on a seismic study showing that hydrocarbons are still found in certain exploited areas either in the form of oil or gas,” he pointed out.
As such, he informed that the state government had indicated to Petronas, Sarawak’s interest in continuing to tap into the marginal fields of oil and gas reserves in the state.
Abang Johari was addressing OceanMight Sdn Bhd’s safety achievement celebration for reaching one million man-hours without Loss Time Injury for the EPC Kinabalu Redevelopment Project which was held in its yard at KKB Engineering Bhd, Jalan Bako here.
Marginal fields known as ‘tekih tekih minyak’ by Sarawakians, according to Abang Johari, are small oil and gas reserves that have been exploited and which big oil companies like Shell or Petronas were not interested in tapping further.