October 31, 2017
Dateline 2017-09-16, Borneo Post:
AS Sarawak ushers in Malaysia Day, it is a crucial to remember its first milestone in the oil and gas (O&G) industry, which started in Miri 107 years ago.
The first Sarawak Oil Mining Lease was signed by Rajah Charles Brooke in London in 1909, followed by the send-off by Shell of its senior geologist Dr Josef Theodor Erb and former Baram Division Resident Dr Charles Hose to Miri in 1910.
The first exploratory well was drilled on Aug 10, 1910 using an oil rig engineered by a Canadian named McAlpine – the factor contributing to the place being named ‘Canada Hill’.
Oil flowed out two months later.
Sarawak Oilfield Ltd – a subsidiary of the Shell/Royal Dutch Group – was established to run the operations from Lutong. It was renamed Sarawak Shell Oilfield Ltd and later, Sarawak Shell Bhd – marking the company’s long association with Sarawak.
July 9, 2017
Dateline 2017-06-01, Upstream Online:
Asian offshore builders are standing by to receive an invitation to bid for a mobile offshore production unit bound for the shallow-water K5 sour gas field off Sarawak, Malaysia, writes Russell Searancke.
Initial production will be about 250 million cubic feet per day of gas, which will be sent by subsea pipeline to the ninth train at Petronas’ liquefied natural gas complex in nearby Bintulu.
The field operator Petronas earlier this year conducted a type of pre-qualification exercise which attracted the interest of many offshore builders in Asia.
Yards from Malaysia, Thailand, China and South Korea are understood to have expressed an interest to Petronas in pursuing the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning contract.
May 18, 2017
Dateline 2017-04-13, FMT:
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg should be firm with Petronas that it must consult Sarawak when deciding on its onshore and offshore blocks of oil and gas, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said.
See, the state PKR vice chairman, also urged the state government to consider investing in and taking ownership of the development of the petroleum resources within Sarawak’s territorial boundary.
The Borneo Post quoted See as saying it was unacceptable for Petronas to continue ignoring Sarawak’s assertion of rights to resources within the state’s territorial boundary.
“I am seriously contemplating to move a private member’s motion on this matter at the coming Sarawak State Assembly sitting scheduled from May 11 to 22, and I am hopeful that my fellow ADUNs (state assemblypersons) will be supportive of it, to take another important step towards fulfilling Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s, and all Sarawakians’, aspiration that Sarawak’s inherent sovereign and autonomous powers be respected by the Federation.”
March 2, 2017
Dateline 2017-02-20, Reuters:
Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm Petronas is aiming to sell a large minority stake in a prized upstream local gas project for up to $1 billion as it seeks to raise cash and cut development costs, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is looking to sell a stake of as much as 49 percent in the SK316 offshore gas block in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, the sources told Reuters, a move that would be among its first major recent sales as it grapples with oil prices that have slumped by half over two-and-a-half years.
That slide has squeezed the cash flows of Petronas [PETR.UL], hurt its earnings and forced it a year ago to announce a 50 billion ringgit ($11.2 billion) cut in capital expenditure over four years.
Petronas, which accounts for a third of Malaysia’s oil and gas revenue, has also cut its dividend. Sources had told Reuters in September it is considering selling its majority stake in a $27 billion Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, although the company denied it.
January 1, 2017
Dateline 2016-11-26, Borneo Post:
“Foremost in our mind, critical in our pursuit to conserve depletable natural resources, is the petroleum justice that we owe it to ourselves, to Sarawak, and to our future generations to strategically conserve and utitlise it in the best interests of Sarawak.”
See said Sarawak, on shore and offshore, had been demarcated into 48 blocks or fields of oil and gas potentials.
Through the years, he said production sharing contracts (PSC) had been awarded over 27 of these fields, and 13 others were presently been promoted this year and the last.
“It is imperative for us to revivify Sarawak’s sovereign rights to this valuable natural resource, to assert our autonomy and authority over the remaining blocks and fields of oil and gas potentials yet to be awarded with PSC.”
He opined that Sarawak had sacrificed too much of its petroleum resources to the federation.
December 31, 2016
Dateline 2016-11-25, Borneo Post:
THE Sarawak government and Petronas are currently undertaking the Sarawak Petrochemical Master Plan study covering the coastal areas of the state.
Assistant Minister of Industrial Development (Investment and Promotion) Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the study will look into the technical, commercial and economic feasibility of the petrochemical development in Sarawak.
“Among others, the study is expected to identify and recommend the suitable oil and gas downstream industries that the state can explore,” he said yesterday in his reply to Aidel Lariwoo (BN – Sadong Jaya) and Ripin Lamat (BN – Lambir) during the question and answer session at the State Legislative Assembly yesterday.
He said currently 100 per cent of oil resources and 93 per cent of gas resources are exported in raw form such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LPG).
“It is the intention of the state government to establish a robust downstream industry to increase participation in the higher value chain and thus creating a more sustainable industry for the state amidst the declining resources.
December 27, 2016
Dateline 2016-11-19, Borneo Post:
The state is set to embark on specialised global venture to enhance the development of downstream and upstream activities of the Oil and Gas (O&G) Industry in Sarawak
Minister for Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan stressed that the state is open to work closely with companies like BCS Contract and Supply Services Sdn Bhd (BCS) and SFS Aviation Co Ltd (SFS) in ensuring that these strategic ventures are on the right path to become a long-term win-win synergy with the state.
The intention is also in line with Sarawak Oil and Gas Committee (SOGC) and Sarawak Oil and Gas Development Unit (SOGDU) initiatives, he pointed out.