KOTA KINABALU: Petroleum company - Shell - vows to give back to the communities, especially in Sabah, following years of successful deepwater operations around the globe.
Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd general manager, Prithipal Singh said the company started its deepwater venture in Mexico sometime in 1978.
“The company had since then continued a history of successful deep water-resources in other parts of the world and and in Malaysia, built two assets in Sabah few years back,” he said during the company’s 40th deepwater operation anniversary held at the Hilton Hotel here on Wednesday (Oct 17).
He said the Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (SSPC) is the operator of Shell’s two deep-water assets - Gumusut-Kakap and Malikai- which were commissioned in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
“Both these assets contribute significantly to the nation’s oil and gas production while the same time used advanced technologies and innovative approaches to safely and reliably produce hydrocarbons from beneath the ocean,” Prithipal said.
He said the company is also commencing Phase 2 of the Gumusut-Kakap development which involves the drilling of additional subsea wells.
He said the project is expected to complete towards the end of 2019.
Prithipal said Shell, with its long history in Malaysia, had always remembered to give back to the communities where it operates.
“In Sabah, we have recently embarked on a project to provide electricity to a remote village in Pensiangan via our ‘Access to Energy’ programme,” he said, adding that the project, which is an ongoing effort, had benefited hundreds of villagers.
He said the project, once completed, will benefit more people especially students.
“It was rewarding to see that young students do not need to depend on oil lamps to do their homework or revision anymore,” he said, adding some of their staff also helped in the mini-hydro and solar project to provide electricity.
Apart from that, Shell is working with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to increase the employability of undergraduates by helping them develop the right skills to compete in current job markets.
The event, held at Sabah’s Hilton Hotel, was attended by hundreds of Shell’s partners comprising oil and gas players, service providers and business partners.
Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Christina Liew who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, graced the celebration.
“At this anniversary celebration tonight, I wish to acknowledge Shell’s pioneering spirit in undertaking projects in uncharted territories and to share your experience through technology transfer and local content development,” she said.
“I was informed that Shell will go for zero flaring in its operation and this is a very good decision because we flaring is an unsustainable practice from a resource management and environmental perspective,” she said.
Liew said Sabah would want to preserve its less-polluted air and environment, hence such commitments were beneficial to the state.
Meanwhile, she also commended Shell for its contribution to Sabah’s social and economic development.
“I encourage everyone to make Kota Kinabalu as the hub for your operations where possible,” she added.