Musa wants state AG to intervene in Petronas’ oil claim

August 12, 2018

Dateline 2018-006-10, FMT:

Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Musa Aman says he will instruct the state attorney-general to make an application for the state government to intervene in Petronas’ legal bid to claim ownership over the country’s petroleum resources.

Musa, who signed off as the chief minister, said in a statement that this was to safeguard Sabah’s oil and mineral resources.

“We will deploy all available resources of the state government to ensure that the best interest of Sabah is defended always,” he said.

Petronas is seeking a Federal Court declaration that, among others, that based on the Petroleum Development Act, 1974, it effectively has the exclusive authority over all petroleum activities in Malaysia.

Brighter prospects ahead for the oil and gas sector

December 12, 2017

I have been reliably informed that SOGEC is not related to MOGEC, or MOGSC. Lesson learnt: go register trademarks before someone beats you to the punch.

Dateline 2017-10-28, NST:

The government has done much to ensure people in the four oil and gas producing states in Malaysia are actively involved in the sector.

Sabah Oil and Gas Services Council vice chairman Datuk Albert Boyou said a review of the royalty would do no harm but there is more that can be tapped from the industry.

In Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has been instrumental in pushing for greater participation in the oil and gas sector through Petronas as well as provide opportunities for more people in the state, he said.

“Previously this was hardly the case and opportunities in the sector were hard to come by,” he said adding this was evident with the development of the many major projects that came since Musa took office in 2003.

Key developments in the state include Sabah Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP) which has attracted RM11 billion in investments, Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis as well as the 500km Sabah, Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) that links Bintulu, Sarawak.

SEC expands gas distribution network

April 29, 2017

Dateline 2017-03-17, Daily Express:

Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC) is expanding its gas distribution network to reach out to new segments of energy users through the building of a plant that converts natural gas from its gaseous form to liquid, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

The State Government-linked company is embarking on the project in partnership with China’s Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment Co. Ltd (FURUISE) through the setting up a company known as SEC Gas Sdn Bhd.

The company is to build, own and operate the plant which will be located at the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP).

When launching the SEC’s third phase gas distribution initiative Thursday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman praised the company for taking the initiative to breathe fresh air to the State not only in the form of bringing new technology but also expanding the benefits of natural gas to a wider spectrum of energy consumers.


Sabah ideal Far East hub: CM

October 25, 2016

Dateline 2016-09-15, Daily Express:

Sabah has what it takes to attract investors, both locals and foreigners, in its vision to become the hub for the Far East, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

He said the State is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, rich biodiversity and is in a strategic location within a region of strong vibrant economies.

“Sabah is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) activities not just for the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) region but for other emerging markets in this region.

“With the completion of the Sabah International Convention Centre in a few years time, we can expect an increase in MICE activities in the city,” he said during the opening of the Sabah International Expo 2016 (SIE 2016) and welcoming dinner, here. His speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan.

Musa also said SIE is an important event for Sabah as “we continue to restructure and diversify our economy from merely depending on primary exports to one that focuses on the importance of adding value to products and services, and is knowledge-driven.”

CM: Petronas told to choose Sabahans first, but locals lack skills

September 11, 2016

I presume ‘foreigners’ means non-Sabahans?

Dateline 2016-08-09, The Malay Mail:

National oil giant Petronas is not giving priority to foreigners over Sabahans as claimed, as the firm had already been asked from the very beginning to consider the state residents first for jobs, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has said.

Musa said he had requested that Petronas fill up high-ranking positions in the company with Sabahans first, but noted that Sabah itself lack workers who have the skills required for the oil and gas industry.

“This includes to fill in the job vacancies and in fact many local youths are employed there in the two projects. I have also asked Petronas to also give priority to Sabahans for high level posts, not only rank and file.

“But I admit that we lack skilled workers in this sector and in view of this I have asked that our youths be given training so that they can obtain a degree and be employed to fill in these vacancies,” he was quoted saying at the state legislative assembly by local daily The Borneo Post’s portal.


Petronas’ royalties increased 60 folds – CM

May 31, 2016

Dateline 2016-04-22, Borneo Post:

ROYALTIES paid by Petronas to Sabah has increased by 60 folds over the last four decades.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in his Ministry of Finance’s winding up speech yesterday said although the rate of the royalty given to Sabah had not been revised, the revenue given back to the State had continued to increase year by year.

“The royalty received by Sabah for the oil extracted from its waters was only RM15 million in 1976 and has increased to about RM900 million in the recent years,” he told the State Assembly sitting yesterday.

However, he said the state government wanted the benefits Sabah could derive from the oil and gas industry developed on its soil to not be limited to only royalties.

He stressed that projects such the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) and the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP) are capable of providing various employment opportunities and spillover effects that will serve as a catalyst for Sabah economic development.

Sabah Suspends All Barter Trades, Oil And Gas Activities Within ESSZONE

May 21, 2016

Dateline 2016-04-06, Malaysian Digest:

The Sabah state government has unanimously agreed to immediately suspend all barter trade activities as well as commercial petroleum and gas activities within the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE).

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said this was a proactive measure taken to curb kidnapping and abduction cases within the state’s waters.

The usage of ports in Kudat district to ferry passengers between Sabah and Palawan in the Philippines are also suspended with immediate effect, he said.


LNG plants unsuitable for Sabah, says Musa

August 9, 2015

Dateline 2015-07-06, TMI:

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants are unsuitable for Sabah, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

“Clearly, Sabah does not produce as much LNG as Sarawak, which has more of it and less oil.

“So an LNG plant in Sabah, such as the one operated by Petronas Bintulu, is not suitable. Sabah in any case has more oil than LNG,” Musa (pic, right) told the Sabah state assembly today.

He was replying to a question by Mohamad Alamin (BN-Bongawan), on why LNG plants were not being built in Sabah, during the First Supplementary Supply Bill 2015 debate.
Musa, who is also Sabah finance minister, said the LNG produced in Sabah would be channelled via the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis through the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline to Bintulu’s LNG plant.


Musa: Sabah in regular negotiations with Petronas

May 21, 2015

Reading the article, I expect the Sabah Exploration and Production Company to be established soon.

Dateline 2015-04-13, Malay Mail:

Sabah actively negotiates with state oil firm Petronas to maximise petroleum income beyond just oil royalty payment, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman told the state assembly today,

Musa said that the state also benefited from active participation in the industry and other equities it holds in Petronas, including a new unexplored oil field off the east coast of Sabah.

“Sabah is in constant discussion with Petronas on how to get more, not only from its oil royalty but also in exploring other forms of profit, including the taking over of a marginal oil field in Sandakan, which has been approved in principle (by Petronas),” he said.


Exciting year for oil & gas industry

March 12, 2015

Dateline 2015-01-05, Daily Express:

The year that ended was an exciting one for the oil and gas (O&G) industry in Sabah as the sector has been progressively growing and moving towards the right direction of becoming a developed and high-income State.

In fact, the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has recognised the huge potential of the industry that would accelerate the State’s social and economic development.

It has also committed to participate directly in the O&G industry to ensure the sector reap benefits for the State and boosting its economy.

The most significant and landmark decision as a result of closer ties between the State and Federal Government, was when Petronas has officially agreed to give the State Government a 10 per cent stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd 9 (LNG 9) in Bintulu, Sarawak.