August 18, 2019
You know, I have a fundamental issue when an NOC established for managing the nation’s hydrocarbon reserves uses its monopoly to enter the RE market
Dateline 2019-07-04, The Malaysian Reserve:
THE oil and gas (O&G) industry is undergoing a paradigm shift whereby consumers are not just asking for reliable and affordable, but sustainable energy as well.
This is the dilemma facing national oil companies (NOCs) like Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), who are tasked to meet the demands of a fast developing home economy and energy market, while falling in line with the global agenda to reduce carbon emissions and improve on energy mix.
The prospects for energy remain evergreen. Some 70% of the projected global population of over 9.8 billion in 2050 will be domiciled in Asia and Africa, and energy is set to play a key role in fuelling the growth and industrialisation of economies such as China, India and South-East Asia.
According to Petronas president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin (picture), primary energy demand in Asia is expected to grow 2.5% per annum to reach 7.1 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 2035.
May 13, 2019
Dateline 2019-04-02, Reuters:
State-owned Petroliam Nasional Bhd, or Petronas, expects to have its second floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Malaysia ready by the first quarter of next year, its chief executive, Wan Zulkiflee, told the LNG2019 conference in Shanghai on Tuesday.
Malaysia had said in October last year that the facility would be operational by July 2020.
January 7, 2019
Is PETRONAS exceeding its mandate, and a prime candidate for monopoly laws? Which parlimentary constituency are they part of?
Dateline 2018-12-27, Reuters:
Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, has set up a new business within the group to make a push into renewable energy, the head of the new venture said on Tuesday.
Petronas has expressed interest over the last year to diversify into renewables amid low oil prices. In March, Chief Executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said Petronas will explore new business areas including new energy and that the company will assess opportunities in solar power.
November 22, 2018
Dateline 2018-09-25, NST:
Local oil, gas and energy players are urged to tread carefully and respond cautiously towards the uptrend seen in the crude oil prices, as volatility are expected to continue due to trade wars and geopolitical risks.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said despite improving outlook, which saw a spike in Brent oil prices hitting the 4-year high at US$80 a barrel this morning, it is important to be mindful of the unpredictable industry landscape.
“Currently, the outlook for the oil and gas industry is also improving. Year-to-date Brent is at US$72 per barrel, a significant sharp increase from the average of US$54 per barrel in 2017 and the oil and gas sector here seems to be responding positively.
November 16, 2018
Dateline 2018-09-03, The Malaysian Reserve:
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has given its commitment to provide the necessary input to all oil and gas (O&G) stakeholders, particularly on the expected higher oil royalty arrangement, to ensure that Malaysia remains an attractive destination for O&G investments.
Its president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin (picture) said while Petronas is not privy to the discussions taking place between the federal and state governments on related issues, it will continue to provide its views on all possible scenarios.
“What’s important is to remember that we need to keep the O&G industry in Malaysia resilient and Malaysia as an attractive investment destination for foreign O&G companies,” Wan Zulkiflee told members of the press at Petronas’ Kuala Lumpur headquarters last Thursday. “We do not want the production sharing contractors (PSCs) to be impacted because we want Malaysia to still be an attractive investment destination.”
Petronas, as the national energy company, is responsible for the exploration, extraction, refining and marketing of Malaysia’s petroleum resources, which it undertakes via production sharing schemes. This involves the participation of other oil firms in the country’s O&G space, such as Royal Dutch Shell plc, Exxon Mobil Corp and Murphy Oil Corp.
May 24, 2018
Dateline 2018-03-20, NST:
Oil and gas players should keep the operating costs in check and continue to remain vigilant as the industry outlook remains uncertain.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said it is imperative to continue to be vigilant in maintaining cost discipline and drive for efficiency.
“There is a concern here that with the oil price recovery, costs are showing signs of increasing at a worrying rate. This is likely being driven by a premature exuberance among industry players.
“If we do not keep these escalating costs in check, the industry as a whole runs the risk of negating the value we have gained from intensive cost-efficiency efforts over the last three years,” he said during his address at the Offshore Technology Conference 2018 (OTCAsia 2018).
May 18, 2018
Dateline 2018-03-05, The Edge:
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is set to increase its capital expenditure for the first time in three years on the back of the recovery in oil prices and its ongoing cost-efficiency drive that boosted profit in 2017 to a level not seen since 2013.
Petronas will spend “around RM55 billion” this year on capex with a higher commitment to upstream development. The national oil firm spent RM44.5 billion on capex in 2017 — down 11.7% from 2016 — with a focus on the downstream sector.
“We are in a stronger position to execute our long-term growth strategy,” president and CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin — better known as Wan Zul — told reporters at the group’s 2017 results briefing last week.