Sarawak CM’s office rubbishes claim by DAP on Petronas stake

February 15, 2020

How do you officially rubbish something? Do you issue a memo?

Dateline 2019-12-16, FMT:

The chief minister’s office today said the purchase of stakes in Petronas is not among the issues discussed by the steering committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

It said details concerning oil and gas are only deliberated in special discussions between the prime minister and the Sarawak and Sabah chief ministers.

The office rubbished a claim by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen that Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had agreed in principle to purchase a stake in Petronas during an MA63 steering committee meeting.

Oil and gas ‘details’ will be announced in January – CM

February 13, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-15, Borneo Post:

Details regarding oil and gas in Sabah will be revealed in January next year.

Disclosing this yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal said a meeting with Petronas was held on Friday, discussing oil and gas in Sabah, including the 20 percent oil and gas royalty.

Private oil and gas firm to build RM9.5 bil refinery in Sabah

February 8, 2020

Interesting, why not just export one from PD?

Dateline 2019-12-13, FMT:

State-owned Sabah Oil and Gas Development Corporation (SOGDC) Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement with a private firm to build Sabah’s first petroleum oil storage and refinery with investments over US$2.3 billion (RM9.5 billion).

The agreement with Petroventure Energy Sdn Bhd will see the plant being built at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (Sogip) in southwest Sabah, with construction expected to take between three and five years.


February 7, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-13, Malaysia Chronicle:

Anger is building up again in the East Malaysian states with Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement this week on the oil royalties.

Somehow we get the feeling that we have been led up the garden path by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

Mahathir is now changing his stance and seems to have run out of ideas on how to deal with this sticky issue. His incoherent response to the oil royalties issue is sowing more confusion, creating a wider rift between the federal and state governments.

Mahathir in a Reuters interview said the government is considering selling stakes in Petronas to states where the company’s oil and gas fields are located. It seems odd that the oil-producing states like Sabah and Sarawak are now offered stakes in Petronas to help a debt ridden federal government.

Malaysia’s PM Mahathir considering selling stakes in Petronas to Sabah and Sarawak

February 4, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-11, Straits Times:

Malaysia is considering selling stakes in energy giant Petronas to two of its 13 states where the company’s oil and gas fields are, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters, in a bid to raise funds for the debt-laden government.

Such a move may also give states such as Sarawak and Sabah a say in the running of Petronas, the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

Tun Dr Mahathir said on Tuesday in an interview that the government could not meet a demand made by the states for a quadrupling of the royalties paid by the government-owned company to 20 per cent of its profit.

Malaysia’s Sarawak to drop demand for Petronas royalty hike

January 5, 2020

Dateline 2019-10-30, Reuters:

Malaysia’s energy-rich state of Sarawak will drop a demand for quadrupling royalties paid by energy giant Petronas but is pushing for production-sharing and other agreements, a key negotiator told Reuters on Wednesday.

Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah possess Malaysia’s most prolific oil and gas reserves in their waters in the South China Sea.

Their longstanding royalty demand would cost government-owned Petronas up to $7 billion a year, according to a rough calculation by a person aware of the matter.

Sabah, Sarawak to link up on oil and gas reserves

December 20, 2019

Aaaannd PETRONAS doesn’t come to the table?

Dateline 2019-10-14, FMT:

With strong reserves in natural gas and crude oil, Sabah and Sarawak are to strengthen their relationships in the oil and gas industry and capitalise on Indonesia setting up its new capital in Kalimantan, the chief ministers of the two states said today.

Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal and his visiting Sarawak counterpart Abang Johari Openg said they were eager to solidify their working relationship in the oil and gas industry, which is crucial to both economies.

Shafie said the two states share common interests and could transform their social economies if they combined their strengths.