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.


Taskforce to look into abandoned oil wells in Miri, says Sarawak minister

October 28, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-23, Malay Mail:

A taskforce will be set up with the objective of ensuring that all 624 abandoned oil wells throughout Miri would not pose any danger to the public and also to the environment.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this taskforce, comprising experts from oil and gas (O&G) industries, would be chaired by the Miri Resident.

“Petronas, Shell and Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) will form this taskforce.

“We will also invite those from Curtin University Malaysia, who are experts in petroleum engineering and geophysics, to look into all the abandoned oil wells in Miri, particularly those up on Canada Hill that have been left abandoned for a long time,” he said when met by reporters after chairing a meeting on ‘Abandoned Oil Wells and Historical Places in Miri’, which took place at the Resident’s Office here yesterday.


Sarawak Petroleum Contractors Association advises Miri residents to avoid Canada Hills

October 23, 2020

I posit an alternate theory that this is where the lizard men will emerge from Tarzan’s land at the center of the earth (be well read on the originals, people).

Dateline 2020-09-18, Malay Mail:

The Sarawak Petroleum Contractors Association (SPECA) has asked Miri residents not to enter abandoned oil well sites for their own safety as one location around Canada Hill in the city is believed to be emitting gas.

Its president, Datuk Rahman Lariwoo today said this was because members of the public had found a hole foaming, believed to be leaking liquefied natural gas at one of the sites of an abandoned oil well in the area recently.

“Actually, the discovery does not show that there are still sources of oil and gas around Miri city but it is probably a leakage from the waste materials of an abandoned oil well and is hazardous to the public,” he said during a press conference here.


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

Reeeaaaaaally?

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.