KOTA KINABALU: A new Petronas office tower next to its existing Sabah headquarters here will be constructed to meet the company’s operational and human resources needs.
Petronas senior vice-president of Upstream Malaysia Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib said the new tower is expected to commence construction next month and was in line with the progress of Petronas’ business in Sabah.
“Looking at all these aspects, there is clearly a need to place operational staff and departments that are ever increasing,” he said at the launch of the RM136.9mil project.
He said the 11-storey structure was designed to house more than 500 staff and is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
“It is hoped that this project will have a positive impact on local economic activities, particularly the construction sector and related industries,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, in his speech, said the project involves two contractors, i- Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd and KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd.
The latter is a bumiputra company and this was in line with the government’s objective of giving local contractors opportunities to handle mega projects.
“It will help local players improve their skills and work quality in the construction industry,” he said.
Musa added that the new tower reflects the confidence of Petronas in the oil and gas industry in the state.
His text was read by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin.