Many Sabahan O&G firms in ‘limbo’ – Upko Youth

July 10, 2019

Why? Isn’t Repsol and Hibiscus slinking round there? And there are newcomers everywhere, thank you.

Dateline 2019-06-13, Borneo Post Online:

Petronas has been urged to help Sabah oil and gas (O&G) contractors to grow as they are newcomers, thus unable to compete with other more established companies from Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.

Upko Youth chief Felix Saang said that Sabahan oil and gas players are new in the industry compared to their counterparts in the peninsula and Sarawak, thus they need to be given priority until they grow ‘big’ enough to compete on a level playing field.

Speaking to reporters after attending central Upko Youth Exco meeting here recently, he said he was informed many Sabahan oil and gas contractors were in limbo now as they were trapped in a difficult situation whereby they need experience and size before being able to bid for contracts while at the same time, they need contracts in order to gain experience and grow big.

Growth hit by Sabah gas snag

January 6, 2019

Dateline 2018-11-28, Daily Express:

Malaysia’s gas exports have been suffering from severe disruption since the second quarter of 2018 following a production breakdown at the Kebabangan gas field in Sabah, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, recently.

Hence, he said, the country has not fully benefited from the rising oil prices in the past six months.

“Major repairs and assessment works are still ongoing and production is only expected to return to full capacity by the middle of next year the latest,” Lim said in a statement.
He highlighted that the supply disruption has severely affected gross domestic product (GDP) growth and petroleum income tax revenue received by the government.

For the third quarter of 2018, petroleum income tax revenue declined 27pc to RM2.79 billion from RM3.81 billion in the second quarter.

Students from four universities benefit from Prestige programme

December 23, 2018

Dateline 2018-11-05, The Star:

AIMING to create a broader understanding of the natural gas industry and the importance of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) aspects among university students, Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) held its annual Practical Environmental, Safety & Industrial Guidance for Student Engineers (Prestige) programme in Sabah recently.

Sabah to emulate Sarawak in controlling oil and gas laws

November 20, 2018

Dateline 2018-09-10, FMT:

Sabah will look into bolstering laws involving exploration of oil and gas and mining activities in the state, following in the footsteps of its neighbour Sarawak which tightened controls over such matters in July.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said he would request the state attorney-general (AG) to look into the matter.

“We are looking into it but I was made to understand by the former AG that we do have that mineral enactment in Sabah. I will ask the (current) AG to look into the details, whether there’s any loopholes in that.

Dr M: ECRL and Sabah gas pipeline projects cancelled

November 10, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-21, NST:

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the multi-billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects are cancelled for now.

The prime minister said Chinese President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang understood the reasons behind the cancellation of the two Chinese government-backed projects.

“I have explained to them and they understood the situation and accepted them,” Dr Mahathir told journalists at the end of his five-day official visit to China.

“Initially, there were some misunderstandings but now they understood why we do it. I don’t think China wants us to be bankrupt,” said Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir said the projects involved huge amounts of money and Malaysia does not really need them at the moment, amid the country’s financial situation with high debt left by the previous government.

Sabah expects RM5 bil in petroleum royalty

November 8, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-14, FMT:

The Sabah government expects no less than RM5 billion annually if petroleum royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

However, Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said Petronas had informed the state government that cash payments from oil and gas revenues would depend on various factors.

“Among the factors which determine the amount of royalty include the mechanism and basis for the increments in cash payments which need to be discussed and decided by the relevant parties, estimates of oil and gas output, advanced plans for the development of oil and gas fields and global crude oil prices,” he said.

Shafie, who is also the state finance minister, said this in reply to a question from Dr Joachim Gunsalam (PBS-Kundasang) at the Sabah state assembly here today.

Act to regulate oil industry in Sabah

November 6, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-14, Borneo Post:

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal will announce an enactment on mineral resources that will allow the state government to regulate the oil industry over its land and water in the future.

Shafie said this at the State Assembly in response to another additional question posed by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan on whether the state government would emulate Sarawak and activate the mining and land ordinance laws to regulate the Sabah oil industry.

“Indeed, that is always in our thoughts. Soon I will have an enactment associated with minerals, but we are looking at two sectors. Whether it will be in the power over land, if it is in the field of land (it will cover) only mainland and where the offshore, you cannot do anything.

“But if it covers up the whole thing that is related to the ordinance of available mineral resources, I am confident that this will further empower the state government. I hope that YB Tambunan can provide support when I present this ordinance,” he quipped.

Shafie will also lead the pursuit of Sabah’s 40% oil net revenue owed by the federal government to the state as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Schedule 10, Article 112 of the Federal Constitution.