CM optimistic O&G industry in Sarawak will thrive, help boost economy

April 4, 2020

Kejap, JX Nippon recent set up an office in Miri?

Dateline 2020-02-04, Borneo Post:

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is optimistic that the oil and gas (O&G) industry in the state, particularly Miri as the O&G hub, will thrive and help boost the state’s economy.

In referring to the setting up of a new office by a Japanese company JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration (Malaysia) in Miri recently, Abang Johari said that it is a good sign as it shows that the oil and gas industry players are slowly coming back to Miri.

Invest more on workforce, O&G players encouraged

March 31, 2020

Dateline 2020-02-04, Borneo Post:

The oil and gas (O&G) industry players should consider investing continuously into their workforce through training and retraining, in view of today’s challenging landscape.

In this regard, Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin believes that the economic prospects in Miri as far as O&G is concerned are ‘looking brighter’, with tens of millions of ringgit worth of investments being injected into projects.

As such, he sees the need to revitalise the industry, where there is a high demand for workforce.

Lee: Miri should be centre of oil and gas industry in Malaysia

October 21, 2016


Dateline 2016-09-08, Borneo Post:

Miri should be made the centre of oil and gas industry in the country because it is the birth place of the industry over 100 years ago.

Assistant Minister for Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin said it was high time Petronas acknowledged this fact and this was among issues that had to be addressed by the oil and gas company in order to be more practical.

“Sarawakians have the longest experience in the oil and gas industry in Malaysia; having been in the industry for over 100 years. This is a fact. Petronas must recognise the fact that the oil and gas industry started in Sarawak in 1910.

“The industry started in Miri, so it is only logical that Petronas gives more attention and focus on oil and gas development in Sarawak,” he said during the launch of Oceancare Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (OCSB) Rope Access Training Centre in Piasau yesterday.

Its president Datuk Nelson Balang Rining was also present.


Petronas upstream operations in S’wak undergoing restructuring

July 23, 2016

Dateline 2016-06-14, Borneo Post:

Petronas upstream operations in Sarawak is undergoing a restructuring exercise to meet its business requirements, said state Industrial, Entrepreneur, Trade and Investment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He said, in view of this, Petronas Carigali Sarawak operations had been split into two entities, namely Sarawak Oil Operations in Miri and Sarawak Gas operation in Bintulu.

“As a result of the restructuring exercise, 29 permanent positions were abolished due to redundancy, of which 13 Sarawakians are affected. All those affected are offered Voluntary Separation Package (VSP),” said Awang Tengah in his winding up speech at the state legislative assembly sitting here today.

He said in spite of the restructuring exercise the expansion of Sarawak Gas operations had created 251 new positions in Bintulu.

In addition, he said there were also 134 new positions created for train nine operations and another 234 new positions for floating LNG Satu.


Diving Photos – Miri

December 16, 2015

Some photos from the deep, off Miri. New camera, last one drowned. Any donations to ‘fund Wata’s dive camera’?

Marketing Rounds – Taxi Fares in Miri

December 2, 2015

I was recently in Miri, and was curious about taxi rate differences between KL and Miri taxis.

Example A: The standard rate from Mega Hotel to Lutong is RM30.

According to Google Maps, the distance is 11.1km.

Now this is the scale of rates for KL taxis. Using the figures:

  1. First 1km: RM3.
  2. Next 10.1 km @ RM0.10/115m = 8.90
  3. So, total is RM11.90 one way.

Assuming that the taxi is charging for a round trip:

  1. First 1km: RM3.
  2. Next 21.2 km @ RM0.10/115m = RM18.4
  3. So, total is RM21.4

Example B: The standard rate from Mega Hotel to Imperial Hotel is RM12.

According to Google Maps, the distance is 1km.

Now this is the scale of rates for KL taxis. Using the figures:

  1. First 1km: RM3.
  2. So, total is RM3 one way.

Even assuming there is a 20% error, it seems that Miri taxi drivers have a better deal. What say you, KL-lites?

Shell continues stride with deepwater projects

October 31, 2015

This is on badly edited article. Libreoffice spellchecker offline?

Dateline 2015-09-26, Borneo Online:

The oil and gas (O&G) sector, as covered in last week’s feature ‘Volatilty in the O&G Market’, has experienced much instability of late with oil prices impacted by various ongoing factors.

This has not slowed oil and gas giant Shell plc (Shell) from continueing its stride in the local markets as it had

Any Sarawakian will know the Shell brand – it has been in Malaysia for 120 years, first making its mark in Miri. It was also in this country where Shell’s upstream industry actually first began, with the country’s first oil well discovered by Shell on Canada Hillm Miri back in 1910.

Since then, Shell’s upstream business has grown from strength to strength: from Sarawak to Sabah and back down to Bintulu, where a natural gas liquefaction venture was formed,

The abundance of gas also prompted the establishment of the world’s first commercial middle distillate synthesis – the Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis plant – in Bintulu in 1993. As the first commercial Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant of its type, this allows Shell to sell ultra clean GTL products to the world.

From there, Shell eventually ventured into the deepwater industry offshore Sarawak.


Diving Photos Miri – 3oo3

October 8, 2014

Did I mention I dived near Tukau complex? With

Diving Photos Miri – 2oo3

September 23, 2014

Some more photos. These were taken during a night dive with

IChemE 5th Regional Process Safety Seminar

June 4, 2014

The  IChemE 5th Regional Process Safety Seminar was held in Miri Marriot Spa & Resort, Miri Sarawak, Malaysia on the 22nd April, 2014. I hope the attendees were entertained and energised by my 5 minute presentation.

The following are my quick notes of the Q&A session are as follows (all misunderstandings are mine):

Keynote address: Process Safety Matters – why chemical engineers must lead the way in getting the right safety priorities on the agenda.
Keynote speaker: Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of HSE, Britain.

  • Leading indicators are important. For example, number of temporary measures to address process / hardware failures, amount of delayed maintenance.
  • Number of Loss of Containment (LOC) incidents is not an indicator of process safety.
  • Q: Transfer of UK HSE knowledge wholesale to Malaysia.
  • Q: What is the best model to achieve safe operations, is it voluntary and regulatory regulations, and where does the safety case fit in?
  • Q: How best to share safety information. Are legal/ commercial concerns stemming the flow of information?
  • Q: Options on building a reporting culture in Malaysia and Asia.

Paper 1: Process Safety Implementation – Challenges and Success Stories
Speaker: Dr. Bea Ponnudurai, Head, Group HSE Division, PETRONAS.

  •  Information transfer between Gen Y and earlier generations. Gen Y may have a problem communicating.

Paper 2: I Get The Case for Safety – What About The Safety Case; what senior leaders need to know and do to ensure the robust implementation of the Safety Case
Speaker: Martin W. Iversen AFIChemE, Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Operational Assurance Manager, Talisman.

  • Q: How do you make a safety case for things that have never happened before?
  • Q: Challenge ourselves in creating these hypothetical cases, get external input.
  • Q: How do I implement and prioritize a Remedial Action Plan?

Paper 3: Getting The Balance Right – or Feel The Strain
Speaker: Paul Heierman-Rix, Principal Consultant, MMI Engineering.

  • Suggest independent review of the safety cases, i.e. other than the author (I like).
  • Are the Safety Case and COMAH similar, what are the differences? Suggest principles are the same.

Paper 4: Incidents That Happened That Blamed Human Error
Speaker: Roger Ainsworth CEng CSci CEnv FIChemE, General Manager, Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd.

  • How do we treat old plants? They should be given more supervision and attention then new ones.

Paper 5: Using The Success Of Operational Safety “Life Saving Rules” Into Process Safety
Speaker: Willem Peuscher, HSE Delivery Manager, Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production.

  • Q: Incident happens at least expected times. How do we account for this? Focus on key messages and life saving rules.
  • Full enforcement of life saving rules.