KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd's (SEB) proposed 600 MW Balingian coal-fired power station in Mukah is expected to consume 5.2 million tonnes of coal annually.
The consumption rate for the 2x300 MW units is 592 tonnes per hour and the power station's requirements will be sourced from Mukah/Balingian coal fields, according to the project's detailed environmental impact assesssment report, which is being reviewed by Department of Environment.
The report said one of the two potential sources for coal was Buroi mine, which has a measured reserves of RM21.8mil tonnes.
A file picture shows SEB’s existing Mukah power plant. The company expects its proposed Balingian power station to cost more than RM3bil.
Based on SEB figures, Sarawak is estimated to have about one billion tonnes of inferred coal reserves, mostly in the central region. The Mukah/Balingian belt has a reserve of some 550 million tonnes while another 470 million tonnes are in Merit-Pila area in Kapit, where the 2,400 MW Bakun and 944 MW Murum hydroelectric dams are located.
SEB also plans to tap the abundant Merit-Pila coal reserves by building a 1,200 MW power station in Nanga Merit to beef up its power generation capacity to meet the demand from energy-intensive industries in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
SEB has sold about 1,800 MW, representing 75% of its supply from Bakun dam (1,771 MW) and Murum dam (635 MW), to industries in SCORE.
The report said the Balingian coal-fired power station project would cover 680ha and would be located about 80km northeast of Balingian town.
There are 14 Iban longhouses with total population of about 1,600 residing within 5km radius of the project site. The two nearest settlements are located less than 1km away.
The project area was generally not rich in fauna because it could have been disturbed by anthropogenic activities like rice farming, logging and cash cropping, said the report.
Construction work for the power station is targeted to start in the third quarter on completion of land clearing and earthworks.
The first 300 MW unit is expected to be commissioned in January-2015 and the second 300 MW unit six months later.
“The power plant is necessary to enhance energy supplies, which is on rising demand. There is a need to increase generation capacity to meet industrial development in SCORE,” the report said.
Its implementation, which has been accorded priority, is to accelerate the next round of SEB's generation capacity expansion.
Sjotveit said another SEB's priority this year was to commence the development of a 500kV backbone transmission network from Bintulu to Kuching. Tenders for the project's major packages are under evaluation and the contracts are expected to be awarded soon.
Also on SEB's drawing board is the development of the proposed 1,000 MW Baram hydro dam in northern Sarawak. Some of the electricity output from the dam is expected to be exported to Brunei and Sabah.
Petra Energy's main shareholder is Datuk Bustari Yusof, a prominent businessman from Sibu who not only has a business relationship with the Pan Sarawak group but also has been a longtime friend of the late Tan Sri Tai Sing Chii, founder of Pan Sarawak, and his children.
The late businessman and community leader's sons Datuk James Tai Cheong and Jason Tai Hee, are Pansar chairman and managing director respectively.
“James and Jason have known Datuk Bustari for about 30 years,” the source said.
Pan Sarawak owns 71.79% equity interest in Pansar, a trading and engineering company with a strong 50-year track record centred on established world-renowned brands.Pansar has installed marine engines for ships of various sizes catering to industries including oil and gas, power plants as well as large-scale air-conditioned systems.
KUCHING: Sarawakian infrastructure facilitator Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) revealed an improvement in the group’s performance for the financial year 2011 (FY11) yesterday on the back of developments in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and Samalaju.
The group saw an increase in revenue for FY11 of 7.33 per cent compared with the previous year. This translated to a profit after tax and non-controlling interests to RM120 million, a return on equity growth of three to 8.8 per cent and an earnings per share increase by over 82 per cent.
Other key drivers for the group were the construction and road maintenance division (65.9 per cent increase) and the manufacturing division (27.3 per cent increase), among other divisions.
According to CMS group managing director, Datuk Richard Curtis, “The bedrock for this growth has been our management team’s concerted efforts in recent years to be fully engaged and focused on enhancing the profitability of all our businesses through sound decision making, more customer focus and through building on our core competencies with prudent synergistic investments and acquisitions.”
While the results of FY11 as well as the first quarter of 2012 had been stellar so far, Curtis outlined that these did not yet reflect the full impact of CMS’ transformation process.
“With the state’s infrastructure growth plans, the developments of SCORE underway and our strategic diversification into rising trend industries, 2012 is already showing signs of being another strong year for us.”
While CMS’ core business divisions of construction materials, manufacturing, property
development, construction and road maintenance continued to benefit from Sarawak’s accelerating economic growth, the group’s latest division – the Samalaju development – is poised to grow through the provision of workers’ accommodations and related services in Samalaju as master developer of the new Samalaju township.
Apart from that, CMS would add on to the Samalaju development via its 20 per cent stake in toe 600,000 metric tonne manganese and ferro alloy smelter which was being developed by Australia-based OM Holdings Ltd.
The contract is for the construction and commissioning of Petronas’ first commercial floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in Malaysia.
The state-owned oil corporation said in a statement that the contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the project was awarded via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Petronas Floating LNG 1 (L) Ltd.
The FLNG facility is scheduled to be ready by 2015 and would be moored about 180km off the coast of Bintulu, Sarawak. It has been designed to produce 1.2 million tonnes a year (mtpa) of LNG.
“Once on stream, the facility will boost Malaysia’s total LNG production capacity to 26.9 mtpa from 25.7 mtpa currently,” Petronas said.
It said the facility was expected to change the landscape of the LNG business where the liquefication, production and offloading processess of LNG, which was previously only possible at onshore plants, were now able to be carried out hundreds of kilometres away from land and closer to offshore gas sources.
KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) posted a 61.7% surge in net profit to RM20.7bil for the first quarter ended March 31 compared with the corresponding quarter a year ago on the back of higher margins.
Revenue grew 14.6% to RM75.2bil due to stronger crude oil and gas prices as well as higher crude oil trading volume.
However, he said a combination of demand destruction due to economic uncertainties, geopolitical issues and higher oil supply would weigh on oil prices going forward.
From left: Petronas chief executive vice-president, finance, Datuk George Ratilal; executive vice-president, gas and power business, Datuk Anuar Ahmad and Shamsul at the briefing. — Bernama
Shamsul said the first quarter was good. “We’ve been lucky, we had high oil price and high gas production,” he said, adding that what remains challenging would be maintaining crude oil production both in Malaysia and overseas.
The US economy was looking good at this point but recovery remained fragile with not much improvement for the rest of the year.
He said oil prices were likely to be capped in the range of US$80 to US$90 per barrel (Brent crude) over the next four to five years as new supply came in. Brent has fallen more than 16% after reaching a high of US$124.75 in mid-March. In recent days, it has been hovering around US$103 to US$104.
“I’m fairly bearish about oil prices going forward, I’ve said this before and I stand by it,” Shamsul said, addding that in spite of the low prices, the Saudis were still increasing production while the United States has started to export petroleum.
He said that gas production in the second quarter would not be as good as the first because with the advent of summer, demand from the temperate countries would be lower.
Shamsul pointed out that production facilties in oil fields straddling the border between Sudan and south Sudan would not resume until the end of the year due to the ongoing hostilities between both countries.
“We do not foresee any amicable solution so our bottomline may take a hit of RM3.2bil,” he added. The shutdown has caused Petronas to lose 130,000 barrels a day of production.
Meanwhile, Shamsul said the first of six risk-sharing contracts (RSC) for the development of marginal oil fields in waters surrounding Malaysia would be awarded in the next few days. “Its pending the approval of the Finance Ministry,” he said.
Shamsul said a data review of the 23 marginal oil fields (out of an original 25) have just been completed with the fields grouped into six clusters. “Proposals have been requested from the interested parties and the evaluation is ongoing with all the contracts to be awarded by the end of this year,” he added.
Shamsul said Petronas would continue to be on the lookout for merger and acquisitions (M&As) but this would entail selling off non-core assets such as its 3.9% stake in Centrica plc, a London-based supplier of gas. The stake was sold for over RM3bil in early February.
“We’ll need to fatten our cash pile if we’re to make any M&As since oil and gas prices will be lower,” he said.
Petronas’ shareholders approved in March a final tax-exempt dividend of RM28bil for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2011 payable in eight instalments between April and November 2012. The firm has indicated that from 2013 onwards, the payout ratio for dividends would be 30%.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd has secured a RM1.3 billion contract extension for the transportation and installation of offshore oil and gas facilities and structures for 11 Petronas production-sharing contractors.
Its wholly-owned subsidiary, TL Offshore Sdn Bhd, received a confirmation from Petronas, which has exercised its option to extend for one year (2013) the current contract.
The contract extension will be formalised by the respective PSCs accordingly, it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.
The value for the expected scope of work for next year is about RM1.3 billion, said SapuraKencana in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.
The contract's extension has no effect on the issued and paid-up capital of the company and is expected to contribute positively to the group's earnings and net tangible assets for the financial year ending Jan 31, 2013, it said.
Under the primary contract, the work performed for the PSCs was for three years from 2010 to this year, with options for two further extensions of one year each. — Bernama