January 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-01-04, Market Screener:
Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas said on Monday it expects to resume full production at its Baram facilities, off the state of Sarawak on Borneo island, in the third quarter after halting output in October following an accident.
Petronas declared force majeure at its Miri crude oil terminal on Oct. 29 as a result of the ship collision on Oct. 27 at the Baram field, a company spokesman told Reuters.
December 30, 2020
I didn’t know you could do force majare on a grade. 2020 Uni grads, go find a lawyer!
Dateline 2020-12-24, The Edge:
Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has declared force majeure on two crude oil grades following production issues, four trade sources said yesterday.
The disruption to Miri and Cendor crude supplies has reduced Malaysia’s oil exports this month and supported spot prices in the region.
Miri crude production was reduced after a ship hit an oil production platform off Sarawak in late October, the sources said.
It was not immediately clear when Miri’s output could return to normal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.