KUCHING (October 4): Sarawak Petroleum Contractors Association (Speca) urged the state government to intervene in a recent tender by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for offshore work in Sarawak.
Its chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Lariwoo said that awarding the contract to a peninsula-based company was not in line with the Sarawak government’s goal of having more Sarawak companies to participate in its oil industry and gas (O&G).
“We would ask our government in Sarawak to intervene. Sarawak businesses will be frustrated despite the continuous efforts to improve. We need better and fair treatment from Petronas, ”he said in a statement yesterday.
Abdul Rahman said that the tender “Supply of Alternative Blasting and Paint for Petronas Carigali” involved a contract to supply equipment, labor and consumables for the alternative blasting work off the coast of Sarawak.
He stressed that those who participated in the tender included a member company of Speca and described the scope of the contract as “not science fiction”, adding that there were many companies in Sarawak that could provide this scope.
“Recently this tender was awarded to a company in West Malaysia which we know does not have a good track record in the market. In fact, this company has long (been) forgotten by the industry, ”he said.
As for the Speca member who participated in the tender, Abdul Rahman said he has a proven track record and is to some extent more than capable of delivering quality work and ahead of schedule. most of the time, as evidenced by their Tissue Maintenance Agreement with Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd.
“In fact, there are many competent companies in Sarawak. We don’t want (an outside company) that quoted very low just to gain the labor and later outsource some of the scopes to local Sarawak companies at much lower rates and worse, did not paid our Sarawak companies at all, ”he said.
On another topic, Abdul Rahman said Speca would like to congratulate Sarawak-based Brooke Dockyard on Shell’s recent award for TIMI Wellhead platform fabrication work.
The TIMI field is located approximately 200 km off the coast of Sarawak. Its development includes Sarawak Shell Berhad’s first wellhead platform in Malaysia which is powered by a hybrid solar and wind renewable energy system.