Hornbill Unleashed

June 12, 2017

Sarawak CM: Sarawak state government to set up oil company

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

DatukDatuk Amar Abang Johari Openg May 13, 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak government is planning to establish a state-owned offshore oil and gas exploration company in order to participate in the industry, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the plan was discussed with national oil corporation, Petronas, which was very receptive to the idea of the state-owned company partaking in upstream and downstream oil and gas exploration activities.

“I had discussions with Petronas, we are adopting a new approach.

“Sarawak will participate in both upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.

“In the upstream sector, this will be Sarawak’s maiden venture, as such, we need to set up a state-owned company in order to join Petronas in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.

“We will establish our company first. We will join Petronas to work out a deal with petroleum arrangement contractors,” Abang Johari told reporters last night after breaking fast with Sarawakians studying and working in Pensinsular Malaysia.

He said the Sarawak-based 100 per cent state-owned company would have its own entity.

The chief minister also said oil and gas companies from Sarawak, in the past, were only involved in downstream oil and gas activities in Bintulu with an estimated investments of  US$2 billion (RM9 billion).

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama




  1. Exploration is a very uncertain and costly business especially when crude oil price is not expected to exceed USD70 per barrel anytime in the future. With the advancement of technology that produced vehicles that run on electric and hydrogen, the demand for fuel will be reduced. Sarawak should focus on brown field development.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — June 12, 2017 @ 8:32 PM | Reply

  2. Go through federal government will mean leakage to sustain MO1.

    Comment by Heng — June 12, 2017 @ 1:26 PM | Reply

  3. How about your view about tourism tax????

    Comment by tigeryk — June 12, 2017 @ 9:45 AM | Reply

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