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.


Tales from the Engineering Floor – Stress Relief

May 1, 2013

After 2 interview sessions trying to hire our best and brightest as new meat for the oil & gas consulting industry, I feel that the following stress relief equipment is needed just to maintain my sanity.

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BTW, the above is courtesy of Marriot Resort and Spa, Miri.


First onshore oil & gas find in Malaysia in 24 years

January 25, 2013

Didn’t they find oil onshore Kelantan a while back? Was it hushed up?

Ah, now I know where the Asam Paya field is.

Dateline 2013-01-19:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has made an onshore oil and gas discovery in Sarawak, the first after 24 years, after Asam Paya Field in 1989, also in Sarawak.

About 349 metres of net hydrocarbon thickness was found in the Adong Kecil West-1 well after Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and its joint-venture partner, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (Onshore Sarawak) Ltd, drilled the well in Block SK333, which is located about 20km northeast of Miri.

Discovery of oil at Canada Hill brings transformation & positive development

August 13, 2010

Ah, an article discussing my most favorite Grand Lady, dateline 2010-08-08:

The discovery of oil at Canada Hill in 1910 not only opened up various opportunities but transformed the place from a small fishing village to a booming city.

THIS IS OUR  HISTORY: Goligher (right) briefs Dr Chan on Shell’s achievement and  history.THIS IS OUR HISTORY: Goligher (right) briefs Dr Chan on Shell’s achievement and history.

It has also brought transformation in the mindset and perspective of the people on certain aspects especially their future, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said at the launching of Grand Old Lady Centenary Celebrations at Canada Hill yesterday.

From The Star – Sarawak’s Canada Hill on Fire

April 2, 2010

Man,the Grand Old Lady of Miri had a close call. I suggest you take photos of her and the museum before something untold happens.

Taken from the Star, Dateline 2010-03-28:

MIRI: Fire swept through Canada Hill here and nearly razed the Miri Oil Museum where the “Grand Old Lady,” Malaysia’s first inland oil well, is located.

The fire started about 6.30pm on Friday and by 7pm, the whole slope was ablaze.

It would have reached the museum if not for a concrete footpath bordering the museum and the slope.

The entire hill was enveloped in thick choking smoke and the city skyline was almost blotted out of view.

You can subscribe to an online version of the paper at the Bluehyppo site, follow links to e-browse.

The SOGE Story – Out and About in Miri

December 5, 2009

I’ve been in Miri for a week, attempting to address 97 HAZOP nodes in 5 days. As you can imagine, I couldn’t hit that target, though I did manage 60+ nodes.

Here are some photos of the Saberkas pasar malam. Yes, the theme is food.