S’wak govt calls on O&G players to set up offices in Miri

Shahar (right) exchanges documents with Alaister, while Lee (centre) and others look on.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Oct 16: The state government is seeking cooperation and support from all oil and gas industry players to set up their offices in Sarawak, particularly Miri, to help build up local capabilities.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the state wants to create a win-win situation for all industry players.

Relocating or setting up offices in the state could help development of human capital and enhance skills of local workforce, while strengthening working relationship with state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), he continued.

“The state government has always emphasised the need to build local capabilities so that more locals can take part in the industry. Oil and gas operators should consider moving their offices to Miri and help locals to grow by creating ample of employment opportunities.

“We will give you all the support. Work with Petros so that we can create a win-win situation.

“After all, resources (for oil and gas industry) are found here, so why not take the opportunities,” he said at the contract signing between PUSB Engineering Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Shell Bhd (SSB) and Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd (SSPC) here today.

Lee speaking to reporters.

PUSB was awarded a five-year contract (with provision for extension) on June 20 by SSB and SSPC for the provision of engineering services via a Miri Design Office (MDO).

The company will manage all phases of the engineering services, which will provide employment opportunities for locals in Miri.

PUSB managing director Lt Col (Rtd) Shahar Abdullah, SSB head of inboard projects Alaister Maiyor and general manager Jill Chieng were present. — DayakDaily