Malaysian Iron and Steel Industry Federation asks for 3-year freeze on gas prices

August 28, 2018

I think S&P’s auto copy articles could do with some work.

Dateline 2018-06-21, S&P Global:

The Malaysian Iron and Steel Industry Federation has asked the government to maintain natural gas prices at the current level for about three years, it said Wednesday.

Gas Malaysia said on June 13 it would raise the price of natural gas to MR32.69/MMBtu ($8.15/MMBtu) from MR32.52/MMBtu currently from July 1 to December 31.

FMM: Maintain electricity tariff, let Socso handle EIS funds

August 24, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-18, The Sun Daily:

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is urging the government to maintain electricity tariffs until Dec 31, 2020 and accord the Social Security Organisation (Socso) with the responsibility of managing funds collected under the Employment Insurance System (EIS), which is now under review.

Last week, Gas Malaysia Bhd announced that the average effective natural gas tariff for the non-power sector in Peninsular Malaysia will be increased by 17 sen or 0.5% to RM32.69/MMBtu for the period of July 1 to Dec 31, 2018 from RM32.52/MMBtu for the period of Jan 1 to June 30, 2018. The move has kindled concerns that electricity tariff rates will be hiked.

“While FMM is steadfast in its commitment towards energy subsidy rationalisation and although the 0.5% increase is lower than the previous period’s 22.97%, it is nevertheless still an increase in energy costs,” it said in a statement today.

Following that, FMM hopes that the new government will uphold the past Cabinet’s decision, announced on December 26, 2017, to maintain current electricity tariff rates in Peninsular Malaysia for Jan 1, 2018 up to Dec 31, 2020, in a bid to help relieve the energy cost burden on the manufacturing sector as well as to benefit the rakyat as household consumers.

Businesses to pay more for piped gas from July 1

August 19, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-13, The Star:

Businesses and high-end condominiums which receive natural gas through the pipe system will have to pay more under a scheduled increase with effect from July 1.
Gas Malaysia said on Wednesday these customers will have to pay higher tariffs after it imposes the surcharge of 77 sen, raising the tariff to RM23.80 per one million British Thermal Units (BTU).
The incentive based regulation (IBR) framework sets the base tariff for a regulatory period of three years from January 2017.
The company said it had received the go-ahead from the Energy Commission to raise the surcharge under the mechanism for the tariffs following the global increase in gas prices.
The IBR allows changes in the gas costs to be passed through via the Gas Cost Pass Through (GCPT) mechanism every six months.

Natural gas tariff for non-power sector to go up from July 1

July 15, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-13, The Sun:

Gas Malaysia Bhd has announced a higher average effective natural gas tariff for the non-power sector in Peninsular Malaysia at RM32.69/MMBtu from July 1 to Dec 31, 2018, 17 sen or 0.5% higher than the RM32.52/MMBtu from Jan 1 to June 30, 2018.

It said in a filing with the stock exchange that the average natural gas base tariff is set at RM31.92/MMBtu for the second half of the year. However, under the gas cost pass through (GCPT) mechanism, a surcharge of 77 sen/MMBtu will apply to all tariff categories due to the higher actual gas costs against the reference gas costs in the base tariff.

The natural gas tariff revision was approved by the government via a letter from the Energy Commission dated June 12.

For Category A (Residential), the effective tariff rate, however, fell 0.5% to RM23.80/MMBtu from RM23.92/MMBtu. For the other categories, the effective tariff rate will range from RM30.50/MMBtu to RM33.32/MMBtu.


Gas Malaysia raises natural gas prices

August 22, 2017

Dateline 2017-07-14, The Star:

Gas Malaysia Bhd has revised up the natural gas tariff for Peninsular Malaysia’s non-power sector to an average base tariff of RM28.05 per MMBtu (one million British thermal units).

However, a government subsidy will lead to lower effective tariff rates for all tariff categories for the period from July 1 to Dec 31, 2017, compared with the existing rates.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the gas distributor said  the Government, through the Energy Commission, had approved on Friday for Gas Malaysia to effect the revision for the six-month period.

The Government has prescribed the incentive based regulation (IBR) framework, which sets the base tariffs for a period of three years from January 2017 and allows changes in the gas costs to be passed through via the Gas Cost Pass Through (GCPT) mechanism every six months.


Unit Gas Malaysia to raise tariff by 6%

August 13, 2016

Dateline 2016-07-04, Asia Review:

Gas Malaysia, partly owned by infrastructure company MMC Corp., is raising natural gas tariff in a move that analysts say will spare utilities from higher costs but may weigh on earnings of manufacturers which uses gas as an input.

The average gas tariff for heavy consumers and commercial users will rise by 6.0% to 27.05 ringgit per one million British thermal unit from July 15, Gas Malaysia said in a stock exchange filing. Selling prices for most residential customers meanwhile remained unchanged.

The increase in the piped-gas tariff will be “positive” in generating cash for national oil and gas producer Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas, while the impact on state-run power producer Tenaga Nasional is “likely to be neutral,” said Fitch Ratings.


Get set for competitive prices thanks to Gas Supply Bill 2016

June 12, 2016

Dateline 2016-05-23, NST:

Consumers in Malaysia are set to enjoy competitive pricing and efficient services in gas supply, thanks to the Gas Supply (Amendment) Bill 2016 passed by the Dewan Rakyat today.

The amendment is set to enhance competition with the participation of third parties in the gas supply industry by implementing Third Party Access (TPA).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, in winding up debate on the bill, said the gas supply industry is currently monopolised by existing industry players such as Petronas Gas Bhd and Gas Malaysia Bhd.

“Currently, the only party which supplies gas through pipeline transmission is Petronas, the nation’s natural gas producer which sells gas to other parties such as Gas Malaysia Bhd.