Petros officially assumes role as exclusive gas aggregator in Sarawak

Julaihi (centre) hands over the gas aggregator appointment from the Sarawak government to Janin (fourth left), witnessed by Dr Abdul Rahman (fourth right) and others on Feb 6, 2024.

KUCHING, Feb 7: Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) has officially assumed its role as an exclusive gas aggregator in Sarawak, following the receive of appointment by Petros group chief executive officer Dato Janin Girie from MUT minister Dato Sri Julaihi Narawi at his office here yesterday (Feb 6).

According to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) Sarawak, Petros was appointed by the Sarawak government as the gas aggregator under the Distribution of Gas (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023, effective Feb 1 this year.

Following this appointment, Petros will be responsible for the procurement of natural gas and the development, operation, and maintenance of the gas distribution network and system to supply to industries and other consumers in Sarawak.

“Petros, as the gas aggregator, is integral to advancing Sarawak’s objectives outlined in the Sarawak Gas Roadmap.

“By enhancing the utilisation of natural gas and ensuring the security of its supply, Petros plays a pivotal role in facilitating local and foreign participation in the gas sector, thereby fostering economic development through value-added activities that generate employment opportunities.

“This initiative aligns with the goals of the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, aimed at achieving sustainable socio-economic growth and positioning Sarawak as a developed region with a high-income economy by the year 2030,” read the statement.

The ministry went on to say that under the Distribution of Gas Ordinance, all upstream gas producers, including Petronas, are mandated to work closely with Petros to enable the latter to fulfill its statutory role as the gas aggregator and to support the realisation of the Sarawak government’s development agenda as outlined in the Sarawak Gas Roadmap.

“Compliance with the Ordinance mandates that any parties engaging in activities related to gas distribution, including gas producers, must obtain the necessary licenses,” it added. — DayakDaily