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By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, Feb 4: Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) will invest RM2 billion to develop a 400 Megawatt Miri Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant to supply electricity to Miri.
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said Miri is identified as one of the four upcoming gas hubs, besides Bintulu, Samalaju and Kuching, to provide state-wide access to affordable, reliable gas supply and clean energy under the Sarawak Gas Roadmap (SGR).
“The SGR is a key pillar in realising the State’s 2030 Vision of becoming a high income and advanced state; through the prioritisation of 1,200 million standard cubic feet per day of Sarawak’s natural gas to spur domestic economy,” said Abang Johari whose text of speech was read by Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas during the Natural Gas Supply Launching Ceremony held at Medan Saberkas in Miri which was streamed live via Sarawak Public Communication Unit’s (Ukas) Facebook page, today.
Abang Johari reiterated Petros was incorporated in 2017 to become a flagship of Sarawak’s participation in the processing of the oil and gas resources that the state is endowed with, while at the same time safeguarding the interests of Sarawak and its resources.
He said oil was first discovered in Miri in 1910, and therefore this is a strategic location for the State and Petros as the State’s oil and gas company.
He also said since 2017, Petros has increased its equity production to more than 40 per cent offshore Miri; and for onshore Miri, drilling is expected to commence by the second half of 2023. — DayakDaily