Lee, Cheng (standing, third and fifth right respectively) and others witness the contract signing between Shahar (seated, right) and Shell Malaysia Inboard Projects head Alaister Maiyor.
MIRI: Advances in the oil and gas industry will open up employment opportunities to the local community, in line with the government’s call for the need to build local capabilities.
Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin applauded Shell Malaysia for its support towards the local content agenda, and as one of the very few oil and gas companies in the country that has put local content policy in place.
“Our state government would like to seek the cooperation and support of all players in the oil and gas industry to establish their offices in Sarawak. Miri is an ideal place as this is where the oil and gas industry started about 110 years ago, and where the headquarters of Petronas Carigali, Shell and other oil and gas companies are located.
“Since their operations are in Sarawak, especially offshore Miri, it is only rational that they establish their main operations base here, being a city with the necessary supporting infrastructure. This will offer Sarawakians more business and job opportunities,” Lee the Senadin assemblyman said when witnessing a contract signing ceremony between PUSB Engineering Sdn Bhd (PUSB) and Sarawak Shell Berhad/Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited for the provision of Engineering Design Services via Miri Design Office, yesterday.
Representing Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB) and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (SSPC) was Sarawak Shell general manager Jill Cheng, on behalf of Shell Malaysia Upstream vice president Simon Durkin.
Lee also urged other oil and gas players in the state to emulate what Shell is doing in collaboration with Petronas and Petros. PUSB, a locally registered multidisciplinary engineering consultancy with offices in Miri, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur, is owned mostly by Sarawakians and Sabahans.
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