Sarawak hails move to clarify rights over oil

July 10, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-05, FMT:

A Sarawak minister has welcomed Petronas’ move to let the Federal Court settle the issue of ownership of petroleum resources in the country.

 “It’s good that Petronas is finally taking the matter to court for clarification so that Sarawak and Malaya can revisit what they negotiated and agreed to when they formed Malaysia,” said Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the state minister for tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports.

“As far as Sarawak is concerned, resources within the state’s territory, which includes its continental shelf, belong to the state and require the state’s permission to extract.”


Malaysia’s national oil company files for declaration it owns all oil, including in Sarawak

July 9, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-04, Straits Times:

Malaysia’s national oil company Petroliam Nasional (Petronas) has gone to court for a declaration that it is the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources in the country, including in Sarawak state.

Petronas said on Monday (June 4) it had filed an application before the Federal Court seeking the declaration under the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), which governs the petroleum industry in Malaysia.

The application also seeks a declaration that Petronas is the regulator for the upstream oil industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak.


Don’t plunder Petronas, Najib tells Pakatan government

July 6, 2018

Avast there, maties! BTW, when does Datuk Seri get his Tun?

Dateline 2018-05-31, The Star:

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has urged the new government not to plunder funds from Petronas for bailouts.

“I urged the new government to continue to give sufficient space and capital to Petronas to fulfil their vision and not to plunder funds from Petronas or through bail-out missions as what was done during the 22 years of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s previous administration,” he said on his Facebook post on Thursday (May 31).

Najib noted the new Pakatan Harapan government recently stated that the shortfall in revenue due to the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be made up by Petronas, Khazanah, and Bank Negara Malaysia by making higher dividend payments to the government.


UPDATE 2-Malaysian govt may seek more revenue from Petronas as profit jumps

July 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-30, Reuters:

Malaysia may collect up to $2.3 billion more in taxes and dividends from Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, this year, a finance ministry official said on Wednesday, as firmer oil prices boost profits at the state energy firm.

The new administration led by Mahathir Mohamad is relying more on Petronas – a significant contributor to government revenue and the country’s largest employer – to offset a revenue shortfall from the government’s plan to scrap a consumption tax.

Oil prices were trading close to 3-1/2-year highs on Wednesday as Petronas reported a 26-percent surge in first quarter profit.

With oil prices improving, Malaysia may collect 8-9 billion ringgit ($2-$2.26 billion) more in revenue from Petronas this year, Ong Kian Ming, a special officer to the finance minister, told Reuters.

 


Oil and gas firms must follow state laws from July 1, says Abang Jo

June 29, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-16, FMT:

 Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says with effect from July 1, 2018, oil and gas (O&G) industry players must abide by state laws such as the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 and Gas Distribution Ordinance (GDO) 2016.

He said the state will continue to cooperate with the federal government and Petronas to ensure the local O&G industry continues to flourish and contributes to the country’s economic growth.

“We will update the federal government and its agencies on the steps taken to regulate the O&G industry in accordance with state laws.

 


PETRONAS, Aramco launch joint ventures in Malaysia

June 28, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-16, Saudi Gazette:

Nasional Berhad (Petronas), the national oil company of Malaysia and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) Moday launched “PRefChem”, the corporate identity for their joint ventures in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) located in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. PRefChem comprises Pengerang Refining Company Sdn Bhd (PRefChem Refining) and Pengerang Petrochemical Company Sdn Bhd (PRefChem Petrochemical), both will be collectively known as “PRefChem”.

Petronas and Saudi Aramco had earlier in March 2018 concluded the Share Purchase Agreement for equal ownership and participation in the operations of the refinery, cracker and selected petrochemical facilities in the PIC.


Sapura Energy finally gets go-ahead for Sarawak gas fields

June 3, 2018

Dateline 2018-04-12, The Edge:

The long-awaited go-ahead for the development of three gas fields off Sarawak provided a huge boost to flagging Sapura Energy Bhd, with its market capitalisation boosted by more than half a billion ringgit as its share price rallied sharply yesterday.

Sapura Energy logged its largest single-day price gain since its listing six years ago to finish a fifth higher to 64.5 sen after it announced it was proceeding with the development of the Gorek, Larak and Bakong gas fields off Sarawak under phase one of the SK408 production sharing contract (PSC).

The PSC follows a final investment decision (FID) made after the fields development plan received Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s approval. Concurrently, the key terms of the gas sales agreement for the gas fields’ development have been agreed upon.