Huge capex cuts in global O&G upstream in 2020: Petronas

May 11, 2021

Dateline 2021-04-05, NST:

The global oil and gas’ upstream sector has seen significant cuts in capital expenditure (capex) with spending below about US$400 billion in 2020.

This was less than half than the peak in 2014, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice president and chief executive officer (upstream) Adif Zulkifli said.

“Companies had to make important decisions to remain resilient by keeping costs low and margins intact. Projects were put on hold, asset equipment impairments saw an upswing and job cuts were widespread within the industry,” he said in a keynote address at the inaugural virtual Re-Imagining Malaysia Assets (Reset) 2021 Conference here today.


Petronas: Oil and gas to remain a significant portion of energy mix

May 7, 2021

Dateline 2021-04-05, Malay Mail:

Oil and gas will continue to make up a significant portion of the energy mix, although at a declining trend of 47 per cent by 2040 from about 54 per cent in 2018 due to the growth of renewable energy.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice-president and chief executive officer, upstream, Adif Zulkifli said as an industry tasked with catering to the growing energy demand, it was critical for the national oil company to continue to deliver energy that was affordable, secure and sustainable.

“This is where the challenge lies. We need to do it safely, at the lowest cost possible to ensure we are resilient and additionally, at low carbon which means that we need to ensure that we need to drive carbon emissions levels down from current levels,” he said in his keynote address at the inaugural Re-Imagining Malaysia Assets (RESET) 2021.


Malaysia’s Petronas says first to produce LNG from 2 floating facilities

April 12, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-25, Nasdaq:

Malaysia’s state oil firm Petronas PETR.UL said on Thursday it had become the first global energy company to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) from two floating production units, following its first cargo delivery from the second floater facility.

The Petronas Floating LNG DUA (PFLNG DUA), sitting off the coast of Sabah on Malaysia’s Borneo island, has a production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year and operating at the water depth of 1,300 metres, the firm, formerly known as Petroliam Nasional Berhad, said in a statement.


Petronas remains optimistic on oil and gas potential

April 1, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-23, Malay Mail:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) remains optimistic of strong potential in oil and gas and is making every effort to create conducive investment conditions.

President and group chief executive officer Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz said the national oil company currently has 13 blocks on offer in the recently launched Malaysia Bid Round 2021.

He said the bid round incorporated innovative block offerings, flexible bidding options, a two-phased exploration period, as well as data access and transparency.


Petronas launches Malaysia Bid Round 2021, offers 13 exploration blocks

March 17, 2021

Deadline 2021-03-01, The Bono:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has launched the Malaysia Bid Round (MBR) 2021, under which the company is offering 13 oil and gas exploration blocks to open up more investment opportunities for investors to explore and monetise hydrocarbon resource potentials in Malaysia.

Petronas said in a statement today that out of the 13 offshore blocks, three are situated in the Malay basin in Peninsular Malaysia, four in the Sabah basin and the remaining six are located in the Sarawak basin. The Malay basin blocks are known as PM340, PM327 and PM342, the Sabah basin blocks are indicated as SB409, SB412, 2W and X, while the Sarawak basin blocks are specified as ND3A, SK4E, SK328, SK427, SK439 and SK440, according to Petronas.


Malaysia’s Petronas delays Pengerang restart, sees challenging year

March 15, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-26, The Straits Times:

Malaysia’s Petronas on Friday (Feb 26) delayed the launch of its Pengerang Integrated Complex until the second half of the year from the first, but dismissed rumours partner Saudi Aramco was looking to exit the US$27 billion (S$36 billion) project.

The state oil firm Petronas said it faced another challenging year after booking a RM1.1 billion (S$361 million) loss for the final quarter of 2020, its third quarterly loss in a row, though higher prices and demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) helped.

The world’s fourth-biggest LNG exporter had earned a profit of RM4.1 billion for the October-December quarter a year earlier.


UPDATE 1-Malaysia’s Petronas finds gas in Dokong-1 wildcat exploration well

March 14, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-24, Reuters:

Malaysia’s state energy firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd, or Petronas, said on Wednesday that it had discovered gas in the Dokong-1 wildcat exploration well in the Block SK417 production sharing contract (PSC).

The firm said the contaminant-free gas find in Dokong-1 in the shallow waters of Baram Province off the coast of Sarawak, revives the Baram shallow clastics play.


Petronas forging ahead at Malaysian gas project

March 12, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-23, Upstream Online:

Malaysia’s national upstream company Petronas Carigali is forging ahead with its Kasawari giant sour gas field development offshore Bintulu, Sarawak.


Petronas readies 13 blocks for 2021 offshore round

March 11, 2021

Historical news.

Dateline 2021-02-22, Energy Voice:

Malaysia will offer 13 offshore exploration blocks, including discovered fields and deep-water opportunities, as part of its Malaysia Bid Round (MBR) 2021 due to launch on 26 February.

Included in the round are six discovered fields to incentivise investors to undertake more extensive exploration activities within those blocks, Malaysian national oil company (NOC) Petronas said Friday. This year’s round also features four deep-water blocks next to the coast of Sarawak and Sabah, which saw prominent exploration discoveries in recent years, added Petronas.

The round will be launched virtually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and live-streamed to three different markets in North America, UK and Europe, as well as Asia Pacific. Themed ‘Grow your Energy Portfolio with Us’, MBR 2021 aims to attract investors with unique capabilities to unlock the full potential of the hydrocarbon resources in Malaysia.


ConocoPhillips wins Malaysia Block offshore Sabah

March 9, 2021

Hey, it’s a shallow water block.

Dateline 2021-02-22, Energy Voice:

Malaysia has awarded shallow-water exploration Block SB405 to U.S. major ConocoPhillips off the coast of Sabah.

The award is expected to help bolster interest in exploration activities offshore Sabah with more block investment opportunities on offer, Malaysian national oil company (NOC) Petronas said Friday.

ConocoPhillips will operate Block SB405 with an 85% interest. Petronas Carigali, the upstream division of the NOC, will hold the remaining 15% stake. ConocoPhillips already holds interests in five production-sharing contracts (PSCs) in Malaysia; Block J, G and Kebabangan offshore Sabah, as well as SK304 and WL-00 offshore Sarawak.