Isnin, Julai 16, 2012


Govt opens doors for foreign investors in oil and gas

KOTA KINABALU July 16, 2012: The state government has expressed hope of attracting foreign investors to invest in the oil and gas industry in Sabah.

Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said during a biennial dinner of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) Sabah branch on Saturday evening that Petronas would not be the only investor in the sector in Sabah, adding that with more investors, more job opportunities for the people would be created.

He also said that the state would need to establish additional infrastructure to support the incoming investments.

Tan also urged ACEM to be proactive in helping the state to plan transportation links, utilities and other developments and proposed a collaboration between his ministry and the association to organise a supply chain conference with Petronas to tap into the business of supplying goods and services for the oil and gas industry.

He added that opportunities are abundant for engineers in the oil and gas sector.

Meanwhile, the association’s incoming chairman, Fung Yin Khun, proposed for the government to establish various strategies to incubate the oil and gas industry, maintaining that such strategies should include the setting aside of future oil and gas projects and giving special concession and consideration for projects to local ACEM members for local content and transfer of technology.

“The local engineers will own these projects, associate themselves with experienced players and through them, gain and develop the necessary technical experience and skills for future projects. We see this as the positive way forward for us to be included as players, and no longer to be excluded or treated as spectators,” he said.

Fung also appealed to Petronas to give special consideration to develop local engineering firms for the development of the oil and gas hub in Sabah.

“We view this as their corporate social responsibility. Their first special consideration is to intentionally register more local Sabah-based engineering firms in the oil and gas sector, of which there is none presently,” he said.

Other special considerations would mean intentional planning and allocating certain oil and gas projects to Sabahan firms, he said.

“This is necessary during this infant stage of development. Having them to compete in the open field would be futile as they are bound to lose, due to their inexperience and lack of expertise. Such intentional development will also augur well with the government’s transformation programme to turn Sabah into a major oil and gas hub.”

The state government was also called to establish an oil and gas academy for the training of skilled and semi-skilled labour to complement the industry.

“This will go a long way to develop the necessary skills in the oil and gas sector ensuring its continued success to benefit the current and future generations,” Fung said.

ACEM president Wong Loo Min said that the capabilities and capacity of local engineers have to be developed if they are to get a share in the oil and gas market through the setting up of strategic partnerships and joint ventures in mega oil and gas projects in the state.

There is also a need for consolidation within the industry to match the scale and efficiency of international players as the liberalisation of the engineering service sector will bring about intense competition in terms of fees, expertise and service.

Wong also mentioned that the oil and gas sector was a fairly new market for the engineering consultancy industry in Sabah and that local experience and capability are still lacking.

The capability gap may limit the local consultant’s ability to garner a bigger share of the oil and gas market, he said.

He also said that ACEM hasd identified the oil and gas sector as “Sabah’s Next Engineering Frontier” in anticipation of the numerous opportunities and vast business prospects for the engineering industry.

The development of the oil and gas sector will create new jobs for qualified professionals such as engineers and the engineering consultancy market is also expected to grow from the momentum of midstream and downstream activities, he said.

“This is indeed an opportune time for ACEM to position its members and their companies for growth and advancement,” he said.


Sabah attracts RM10.2 bil investments in Q1 2012

17 ulasan:

  1. moga makin ramai pelabur datang ke negara kita.

  2. Tidak mustahil Sabah boleh mendapat pelaburan asing yang lebih banyak memandangkan sebelum ni Sabah merupakan negeri tertinggi mendapat pelaburan asing swasta bernilai RM10 bil pada suku pertama 2012.

  3. Faktor keamanan dan kestabilan di Sabah menjadi salah satu punca kemasukan pelaburan asing yang banyak.

  4. Kehadiran pelabur sememang satu usaha yang baik.

  5. Pelabur ini juga dapat membantu memastikan projek yang dilaksanakan siap sepenuhnya.

  6. bukan sahaja dala sektor oil and gas malah sektor2 lain seperti pelancongan..

  7. Plants, pipes and complexes are not the only things that need to be prepared as the island gears itself to be a leading oil and gas hub in Asia.

  8. The 80,000 people on the island too need to be ready for the ambitious plan to harness the lucrative industry that had seen investments pouring in over the years.

  9. Opportunities are bound to come with the recent announcements of new oil field discoveries off Sabah, as well as major Petronas projects on the cards, amounting to RM45 billion (S$18.2 billion) in the years to come.

  10. Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin recently visited the island and met with the business community to assert the government's plan to turn it into a leading oil and gas hub.

  11. As one of the initiatives under the government's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the hub is expected to bring positive changes to the country's oil and gas industry -- with the island as the epicentre.

  12. Raja Nong Chik met with delegates from the Malaysian Malay Chambers of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

  13. KCCI Labuan liaison chief Gedi Baching said the business community on the island was fully aware of the plan and the need to keep themselves abreast with the latest developments.

  14. "I think it is our responsibility to look into the interest of our respective communities so that they do not miss out on the opportunities that will come our way as the island builds itself as an oil and gas hub."

  15. Key Petronas projects in Sabah that will benefit the island include the Sabah Ammonia and Urea Complex in Sipitang, the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal project in Kimanis, as well as the Sabah and Sarawak gas pipeline between Kimanis and Bintulu.

  16. There is also the RM3 billion Pulau Daat petroleum integrated project off the island to be developed by Sabah-based RG Gas and China's Zhuhai Winbase International.

  17. Zhuhai Winbase specialises in petrochemical products storage and distribution, and has business dealings with renowned companies, such as BP Amoco, Hutchison Whampoa, Eternal and Union Polymers.