Energy outlook challenging amid slowing economy, geopolitical tensions: Petronas

January 26, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-27, S&P:

The outlook for the energy sector remains challenging, with a slowing global economy and ongoing geopolitical tensions resulting in demand disruption and lower prices, Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petronas said in its third quarter results Tuesday.

Petronas posted a 3% year-on-year drop in revenue to Malaysian ringgit 176.2 billion ($42.2 billion) for January-September amid challenging market conditions and sustained pressure on commodity prices and margins.

Reduced sales of crude oil and condensates were partly offset by higher LNG and petroleum products sales, while lower prices were partly counterbalanced by the effect of the weakening Ringgit against the US dollar, the company said.

Petronas confirms Sarawak’s lawsuit against it

January 24, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-25, Bernama:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) today confirmed that the Sarawak government and the comptroller of state sales tax have filed a lawsuit against it over the alleged failure to pay sales tax to the state.

“Petronas confirms that the comptroller of state sales tax of Sarawak and the Sarawak state government have filed an action against Petronas before the High Court of Kuching on Nov 21, 2019, for non-payment of the Sarawak sales tax on petroleum products,” the national oil company said in a statement.

Malaysia’s Petronas flags weaker demand as quarterly profit halves

January 23, 2020

But, still laying golden eggs, yes?

Dateline 2019-11-26, Reuters:

Malaysia’s state energy firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Tuesday its third-quarter profit nearly halved due to lower demand and impairment charges, and warned of further risks to demand.

Profit for the July-September period at Petronas, as the company is better known, dropped to 7.4 billion ringgit ($1.77 billion) from 14.3 billion ringgit a year before.

Net impairment charges totalled 2.6 billion ringgit, while revenue fell 14% to 55.1 billion ringgit, hurt by lower prices and reduced sales volume for crude oil and condensates.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Petronas sees commercial production this year at southern Malaysia refinery

January 20, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-21, Reuters:

State oil company Petronas said its massive refinery and petrochemicals complex in southern Malaysia, a $27-billion joint venture with Saudi Aramco, will start commercial operations as planned by the end of the year, dismissing a report of a delay.

The refinery’s atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit, hit by a fire in April, will begin operation by mid-2020, Petronas said in an email late on Wednesday.

“Petronas would like to clarify that its Pengerang Integrated Complex is in the middle of start-up activities and expected, as planned, to be in commercial operations by end of 2019,” it told Reuters.

Malaysian state takes court action against Petronas to recoup tax – Bernama

January 19, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-21, Reuters:

Malaysia’s state of Sarawak filed a writ summons and statement of claim against national energy firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd on Thursday to recover taxes owed, according to media reports.

National news agency Bernama reported that the company, better known as Petronas, was said to be the only oil and gas company operating in the state that had not paid the 5% state sales tax imposed at the start of this year.

Petronas says still negotiating with Sarawak, Putrajaya over petroleum tax payment

January 16, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-15, Malay Mail:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is still negotiating with Sarawak government with regard to payment of the five per cent petroleum products sales tax that it owes to the state, said its chairman Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh.

He said the negotiations also involved the federal government.


January 15, 2020

Dateline 2019-11-19, Malaysia Chronicle:

MALAYSIA’S only company in the Fortune 500 list has sometimes been touted as a listing candidate for the government – if it needs to raise funds. However, the listing exercise of Saudi Aramco – the national oil and gas arm of Saudi Arabia – underlines why a listing of Petronas is not a good idea and will probably not yield the desired results.

The prospectus of the much-awaited listing of Saudi Aramco was released last Saturday. The 658-page report had a lot of details on the workings of Saudi Aramco, its reserves and the reserves of the kingdom, the plans going forward, profitability, prospects and risks.

The company devoted more than 10 pages to the various risks it faces for its operations. It ranged from regional political conflict to demanding market conditions and constraints of it being a company that is owned by the government and being asked to undertake works outside its core business.