December 14, 2020
Dateline 2020-11-20, Energy Voice:
The eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak, home to the country’s LNG export complex, will soon open onshore acreage for bidding, as it hopes to revitalise its onshore oil and gas industry after taking regulatory control from the federal government.
Since the 1970s, significant oil and gas reserves have been discovered offshore Sarawak, which have helped supply one of the world’s largest LNG plants in Bintulu.
Although there has been significant exploration onshore since the 1980s, results have been modest. Still, Sarawak remains hopeful that new investment will help prove fresh commercial reserves by applying new technologies.
Moreover, Sarawak, after winning a recent battle against the federal government and Petronas for greater control of its natural resources, will now start offering onshore acreage through open auction, as well as direct negotiation. Two onshore blocks, covering the Miri and Limbang, as well as Lawas areas – SK 433 and SK 334 – will be open for bidding in the coming months, the state announced on 30 October 2020.
December 6, 2020
Dateline 2020-11-09, Energy Voice:
The Petronas-operated Bintulu LNG export complex, in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak, desperately needs new gas supplies to maintain its exports in the near-to-medium term, as legacy fields mature.
Moreover, recent news that the fast-track schedule for PTTEP’s giant Lang Lebah field development appears to be slipping, does not bode well for the 29.3 million tonne per year LNG export facility, which is one of the world’s largest.
Thai upstream player PTTEP said on 5 November that it only expects to take a final investment decision (FID) for its proposed giant sour gas field in 2022. Initially, FID was targeted by 2021, after the field was discovered in 2019. Further slippage is possible.
December 4, 2020
Dateline 2020-11-09, Marketscreener:
Malaysian state energy firm Petronas on Monday said it was facing minor production issues at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Bintulu and that supply has not been affected.
Reuters had reported on Friday that loadings of LNG cargoes have been delayed from the plant, located in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak.
Petronas said the production issues at Bintulu are under control and have been resolved, adding that they are “part and parcel of operations”.
June 21, 2019
Dateline 2019-05-14, Business Times:
[SINGAPORE] Malaysia’s state oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd has temporarily shut the Sabah-Sarawak pipeline that feeds gas to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex at Bintulu in the state of Sarawak, two industry sources said on Tuesday.
The 500-kilometre pipeline that transports gas from Kimanis in Sabah state to the LNG plant in Sarawak was shut from the start of May for repairs that will take about two months, one of the sources with knowledge of the matter said.
This has slowed production at the Bintulu plant, and potentially will curb spot LNG exports from Malaysia, a second source told Reuters.
December 21, 2018
So before this, what did they do at Bintulu Port?
Dateline 2018-11-05, S&P Global:
Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas has completed its first commercial gassing up and cooling down service at the Bintulu LNG export plant in northern Borneo, adding to the company’s portfolio of LNG-related services in Southeast Asia.
The operation, which consists of cooling down an LNG carrier’s tanks to cryogenic temperature after dry-docking and before loading its next cargo, was performed on the vessel Singapore Energy in approximately 11 hours, Petronas said in a statement on Monday
June 14, 2018
Dateline 2018-04-19, Borneo Post:
Sarawak’s oil and gas industry achieved another milestone today with the signing of the land lease agreement for the development of an integrated supply base at the Second Inner Harbour, Bintulu Port.
The supply base will cater to the needs of the oil and gas industry offshore East Malaysia, and is targeted for start of commercial operations by the fourth quarter of 2019.
The signing of the land lease agreement between Bintulu Port Authority (BPA) and Bintulu Supply Base Sdn Bhd was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
BPA was represented by its chairman Hadzari Abang and general manager Zulkurnain Ayub while Bintulu Supply Base was represented by its chairman Ahmadi Yusoff and director Datuk Ahmad Redza Abdullah.
Abang Johari pointed out that this new integrated supply base at Bintulu Port, will become a one-stop centralised logistic support centre to service the needs of oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in off shore areas of Sarawak.
August 31, 2017
Dateline 2017-08-04, Equitybulls:
Undulating mountains, dense rainforests and unrelenting weather, nothing deterred Punj Lloyd from completing one of the largest pipelines of Malaysia. Worth US$822 million, the prestigious contract for the construction of the 512 km, 36 inch dia pipeline was awarded to Punj Lloyd by Petronas for transporting gas from the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal to the Petronas LNG Complex at Bintulu, Sarawak. July 2017 saw the challenging project achieve financial closure.
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.
April 9, 2017
Dateline 2017-02-28, Malay Mail:
The Sarawak government is striving to turn Bintulu into a gas industry hub, says Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.
“We have brought up this (proposal) to the federal government (in our quest) to seek the cooperation of Petronas into making Bintulu a gas hub.
“If Pengerang (Johor) can become a refinery hub, we want Sarawak (Bintulu) to be the gas hub, and I have indicated this to Petronas,” he said.
He was speaking at the 1,000,000 Manhours Milestone Without Any Lost Time Injury for the EPC Kinabalu Re-Development Project Ceremony at Muara Tebas here today.
Abang Johari said the oil and gas industry should be centralised in Bintulu (in northern Sarawak) as its infrastructure and surroundings were feasible to cater to the industrial needs.
February 4, 2017
Dateline 2017-01-08, Daily Express:
A long-time big player in the oil and gas industry here – Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSD) – has moved its operations to its own supply base at Bintulu Port, Sarawak, effective January 1.
A notice issued by the company advised its service providers and vendors that the delivery point for its materials would now be the East Logistics Command Centre (ELCC) at the Bintulu Port.
Industry sources reacting immediately to the latest development said it was certainly bad news for Labuan but good news for Sarawak which, not long ago, had acted firmly on Petronas to increase Sarawak’s opportunities in its employment.
PCSD had a strong presence here and had helped to raise the profile of the island as a significant oil and gas hub.
The company had been serving as an anchor tenant at the Asian Supply Base (ASB) which has often been described as a fully integrated logistics hub for oil and gas. ASB is a fully Sabah-owned entity and was established in 1985 when Tan Sri Harris Salleh was the Chief Minister of Sabah.