Orang Minyak offers expertise to fledgling Sarawak oil company Petros

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari together with the "Orang Minyak Sarawak" delegates. - dayakdaily.com

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KUCHING: A group of “mostly semi-retired” Sarawakian oil and gas professionals have jumped in on the bandwagon to assist in making the newly formed Sarawak petroleum company, Petros, a success.

They are offering to contribute their expertise and experience so the company could “hit the ground running”.

In a call on Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday, the group, Orang Minyak Sarawak (OMS), gave the assurance that their 70 odd members “are prepared and ready to offer their services for Petros to build its capability by developing its Sarawakian talents”.

They said they are also prepared to help facilitate Sarawakian private sector participation and contribution, either individually as employees or via consultancy services through corporations that they are part of.

“We want to contribute to the success of Petros.

“More importantly, OMS is committed to assist the state government in its management of natural resources, in this case oil and gas, with their many years of experience in the industry,” the group stated after the courtesy call on the chief minister at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia at Petra Jaya.

The OMS delegation, comprising Arpan Rapaee, Basil Law, Saperi Rambli, Fred Yong and Kueh Li Piang, represent members of diverse skills, ranging from subsurface experts to drilling experts, execution phases experts, operations and production phase of the oil and gas field life cycle and corporate services.

The OMS members, the majority of whom worked for Shell, too have international work experience.

The group said their single most important objective was that they want to assist Petros to “have the best human capital in its ranks, (people) that have gone through top-notch hands-on training and mentoring to manage the company and the state’s natural resources”.

“A good foundation built around well trained human capital from the start will ensure that Petros will go into the future helmed by a new generation of oil and gas professionals with the right capabilities, that are industry-ready to manage accordingly for the state,” it said.
The group said the “boundless opportunities opened to Petros” could make it a full-fledge international oil and gas company.

They cited the examples of companies like the Indian multi-national oil and gas companies Essar Oil and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) which had grown from a state-owned entity to become international players.
OMS had at the end of last year offered to mentor and facilitate the transfer of tacit and explicit knowledge to younger Sarawakians so that they could assume higher and middle management positions in Petronas and other oil and gas companies operating in Sarawak following the outrage over Petronas reorganisation of its Sarawak operations office in Miri.

Petronas was then accused of retrenching and laying off Sarawakians while retaining staff from the peninsula.

It so enraged the former chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem that the state withdrew the wok permits of some of Petronas staff from the peninsula and froze issuing new ones.

Malaysian from the peninsula require a work permit to work in the state. – dayakdaily.com