By Nur Ashikin Louis & Ling Hui
KUCHING, June 9: Petros’ Sarawak Gas Roadmap (SGR) will act as a gamechanger to channel pipeline gas or liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak.
Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) senior vice president (Corporate Strategy) Abang Arabi Abang Narudin said this is one of the Sarawak government’s key ambitions.
“For a hundred years, (Sarawak) being a producer of natural gas, we still have folks or businesses in Kuching that do not have access to natural gas,” he said.
The ultimate goal of development opportunities such as bringing LNG or piped gas to Kuching, he said, is to expand domestic gas utilisation in Sarawak.
Abang Arabi said Sarawak is currently producing about 4.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day with only about six per cent being used domestically, whilst the remaining 94 per cent is exported as LNG.
“Indeed, there is a significant opportunity and potential for us to increase domestic gas utilisation through more value-added downstream industries in Sarawak.
“If you look at other major gas-producing countries like Qatar, Australia, our neighbour Indonesia, they have quite a significant number of gas produced for domestic economy,” he said during the Sarawak-Korea Energy Business Forum 2022 themed ‘Accelerating the Sarawak-Korea Strategic Energy Partnership’ at a local hotel here today.
Noting other investment opportunities in the downstream activity for oil and gas in other strategic hubs namely Bintulu, Samalaju and Miri, Abang Arabi expressed welcome to interested investors from South Korea. — DayakDaily