KUCHING: Sarawak Shell Bhd and Yayasan Sarawak have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help develop the capabilities of Yayasan scholars and Sarawakians.
The MoU will see more internship and employment opportunities as well as scholarships for Yayasan scholars in the bid to support Yayasan Sarawak’s vision of enhancing human capital especially in the oil and gas industry.
“As a responsible operator that very much consider ourselves to be a long-term partner in the nation and state’s progress, we also believe in fulfilling our corporate social responsibility,” said Sarawak Shell general manager Chok Chee Tsong during the MoU signing in Yayasan Sarawak.
Early in January, Shell and Malaysian Palm Oil Board launched the B7 biodiesel in Bintulu. With the launch, Sarawak and Sabah will have supplies of environmentally-friendly biodiesel.
“We have successfully started up the new Laila platform facilities 50km northwest of Lutong town and achieved first gas production in December,” said Chok. Last year, Shell announced the discovery of three newly-operated offshore blocks in Sarawak.
In partnership with Petronas, the deepwater Gumusut-Kakap project – offshore Sabah – will also provide up to 25% of Malaysia’s oil production and contribute significantly to securing energy independence for the country.
The achievement signifies the growing demand and job opportunities in the future. About 2,300 of the 6,500 Shell Malaysia employees are currently based in Sarawak and 70% are from the state.
Shell has also announced its interest in offering expertise in advisory roles for the Centre of technical Excellence, which is spearheaded by Yayasan in meeting the technical manpower needs of Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy by the year 2030.
“Through this MoU, at least we can collaborate with Shell to help especially Yayasan scholars and those who are about to enter university and those seeking employment in the future,” said Yayasan Sarawak director Datuk Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki in his speech.
For over 40 years, Shell Malaysia had invested more than RM400mil in scholarships in helping over 1,500 young Malaysians, including Sarawakians, to pursue their degrees locally and abroad.