Archive for May, 2012

Pengerang residents: Ignored but unrelenting

Posted on May 29, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

On 27 May, 2012, some 300 residents of Kampung Sungai Kapal braved the rain to protest against the impending  RAPID petrochemical project. The project, touted to be even bigger than Kertih, will begin in 2016.

The protest was organised by several NGOs such as the Johor Yellow Flame, Johor People’s Action Group and several political parties and they called themselves the Gabungan NGO Pengerang.

Perhimpunan Rampas banner.

A self-employed trader in fish products Wahid bin Maarof, expressed with vehemence that the government should not grab the land and burial grounds given to his ancesters since the days before Merdeka. He was unhappy that the authorities concerned continued to ignore a memorandum sent three times to the Prime Minister’s Department.

He is active as a committee member of Persatuan Anak Pengerang. He said that it was ironic that Haji Sulaiman whose land was given by Tun Razak, now has that same piece of land taken by his son. Many others are suffering the same fate.

Haji Sulaiman (right) was the first to have been informed that his land had been taken is here submitting his memorandum.

Wahid Yusun in crutches and friend Sapri listening to the speeches.

Postman of Pengerang, Hassan bin Yusum, when asked why his hands were trembling, said he had been on sick leave for two months yet he braved the rain because he did not want to see Kampung Sungai Kapal disappear. He has been delivering letters to this area for five years.

Hassan (in white carrying flag) joined the rally despite being unwell.

Captain Asnal too of Kampung Sungai Kapal, complained about the deteriorating standards of living. He used the proton car as an example saying the price of the car has shot up so much but the quality had gone down.

Capt Asnal (in green) complaining that he is “hati sakit” with what was going on in the country.

When Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY) spoke to several NGO representatives, one of whom was the Assistant Chairman of Johor Yellow Flame Alan King said that on 2 June, several prominent photographers would shoot scenes of the area.

“Later, by mid June, 12 artists from the Singapore Water Colour Association including prominent local artists such as Tan Shu Qiay and Khoo Ai Choo would capture scenes of Pengerang before they are lost to posterity.

“The exhibition would take place in July in a gallery on Jalan Tan Hiok Ngee”. He said this was one way the locals could preserve their memories of the place.

Alan King is arranging for artists and photographers to shoot local scenes in the Save Pengerang Art Project.

Chairperson of Taman Molek DAP, Marcus Siew, was also there to show his support. He felt the authorities, in the name of development, did not care about the loss of land, schools, temples, mosques, burial grounds and culture.

Marcus Siew explaining that nhe angry lobsters logo was to tap on the popularity of Angry Birds and to remind people that Penerang is famous for its lobsters.

The outspoken pengetua of the madrasah, Abdul Hafiz, is a member of the organsing committee. He came with his mother Awabi Zainal Abidin and claimed that the people who allegedly stole their land was UMNO.

Abdul Hafiz ready to shoot intruders with his bow and arrow.

It rained dog and cats during part of the afternoon and yet Rohani Ismail and her five children were undeterred.  Squeezing under one umbrella, she told CJMY that she was there because her husband worked in the area even though they were from Kulaijaya. She supported the rally because the government allegedly wanted to steal the people’s land.

Rohani Ismail (in black tudung) with her five children and a friend.

Anand Ang, 73 who lives in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, was there to support the cause of the Pengerang folks. He said he loved his country but in recent years, things have gone from bad to worse. He was staying two nights in a hotel in Sungai Rengit. The next day, he planned to join in the Hindraf gathering in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Anand Ang who commutes between his children in Singapore and KL, was there to lend support

“Hidup, hidup, hidup Pengerang!”


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Petronas seeks 10-12 partners for RAPID project

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama): The US$20bil Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang, Johor will potentially require 10 to 12 partners, Petronas Group chief operating officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffinsaid.

He said Petronas prefers to finalise the choice of its partners in RAPID before the national oil and gas giant declares its final investment sanctioning, slated to take place in the middle of next year.

The project, which was introduced in May 2011 and officially launched a year later, has so far secured the partnership of three corporations, he said.

Wan Zulkiflee said Petronas has a stringent method of analysing its potential partner, and among the criteria for the partners would be ability to bring technology, marketing networks, operational experience and project management execution skills to RAPID.

“The project is currently undergoing the front end engineering design (FEED), and only after that would Petronas finalise the investment sanctioning,” he told reporters after the annual general meeting of Petronas Chemical Group Bhd (PCG).

He said the company has done the conceptual design, which was part of the feasibility studies, and the on-going FEED exercise will focus on the configurations of the plant, including what products are to be used and the estimated portions of capital expenditure.

“Partners does not mean only foreign partners but (we need) partners with skills and values. It can be Malaysian companies as well, but it will be very few players in the petrochemicals space other than PCG,” Wan Zulkiflee, who is also PCG chairman, said.

Asked which party is involved in negotiating with landowners in Johor, he said: “All the compensation and interaction with landowners will be done by the state government.”

At the moment the RAPID project is an entire Petronas Group project, and if the time comes for PCG to contribute, the company would have to look at the viability of the project, and if it makes sense then the chemicals producer would be involved, he added.

The RAPID project by Petronas in southern Johor is expected to meet the burgeoning demand for energy and petrochemical products especially in Asia in the next 20 years, while enhancing both Malaysia’s and the region’s petrochemical industry through attracting investments from world-class oil, gas and petrochemical firms.

The sprawling 2,000-hectare RAPID complex is also poised to trigger economic activities for Pengerang, creating thousands of jobs in view of the massive spin-offs from ancillary and supporting services.

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Rapid to create various job opportunities in Pengerang

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

— Bernama- KUALA LUMPUR: The multi-billion ringgit refinery and petrochemical integrated development (Rapid) project in Pengerang and its spin-off activities will create thousands of jobs during the peak of its implementation.

Petronas chief operating officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said that between
40,000 and 50,000 workers would be needed during the construction period to build the refinery, petrochemical plants and related infrastructure and facilities.

The complex itself would need some 4,000 trained technical staff once it starts to progressively come on-stream from end-2016 onwards. Petronas is already recruiting 400 engineers this year for the project, he told Bernama in an interview.

Rapid is being undertaken by the national oil corporation involving an investment of US$20 billion, with world class oil, gas and petrochemical companies as potential partners.

The 2,000-hectare site at Pengerang is ideal because of its strategic location near international shipping lanes. It is one of the deepest points in Peninsular Malaysia and is well-sheltered.

Wan Zulkiflee said this would be conducive for deepwater port facilities, enabling very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and other vessels to berth for crude and products transportation.

“Its close proximity to regional demand centres (Asean, China and India) is also expected to attract potential tie-ups with global partners in logistics and product distribution,” he said.

The refinery would have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, producing higher grade fuels that meet European specifications, as well as supplying feedstock to the petrochemical complex for the manufacture of various products, including differentiated and specialty chemicals.

The project is in line with the government’s desire to set up new engines of growth for Malaysia and create new businesses and employment opportunities that will raise incomes and improve the people’s quality of life.

“For example, during the construction period, with 50,000 workers you would see requirements for services like transportation, housing, food, hospitality, medical and other needs,” he said.

In the longer term, Wan Zulkiflee expects Rapid to fuel the growth of local suppliers, service and maintenance providers to support the operation of the complex.

“A lot of attention is being paid to the potential opportunities during RAPID’s implementation.

“Post-commissioning is also very important as the complex would require various support services during its entire operational life,” he said.

Recently, Petronas signed Heads of Agreement with diversified chemical group BASF to jointly own, develop, construct and operate production facilities for specialty chemicals and plants for precusor materials within the RAPID complex.

Progress has also been made in the various other technical and commercial aspects of the project for Petronas to “reach the final investment decision (FID) by mid-2013,” said Wan Zulkiflee.

By then, it would be clear who Petronas’ partners would be in the project.

Except for pre-FID works, no other contract has been tendered out or awarded.

Petronas will begin pre-qualification exercises for various tender packages for the project in stages, the earliest of which is expected to be held in the third quarter of this year.

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Projek RAPID, Pengerang Projek Pembangunan Terbesar Negara – Najib

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata industri minyak dan gas di Pengerang, Johor, kini diambang menerima pelaburan keseluruhan RM120 bilion dalam tempoh lima hingga enam tahun.

Perdana Menteri berkata separuh daripadanya akan disumbang oleh Projek Pembangunan Bersepadu Penapisan Minyak dan Petrokimia (RAPID) Petronas bernilai RM60 bilion serta jangkaan pelaburan berbilion dolar oleh syarikat Taiwan dan Jerman.

Beliau berkata sebuah syarikat petrokimia Taiwan akan membuat pelaburan di kawasan itu bernilai US$10 juta hingga US$12 juta bagi menampung keperluan RAPID.

Sebelum itu, Petronas telah menandatangani Perjanjian Dasar Induk (HoA) dengan satu kumpulan kimia kepelbagaian Jerman, BASF, bagi membangunkan, membina dan dan mengendalikan kemudahan pengeluaran secara bersama bagi mengeluarkan kimia khusus serta loji bagi mengeluarkan bahan mentah awalan di dalam Kompleks RAPID itu.

Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan, berkata kesemua projek itu bakal melonjakkan dan mengukuhkan Johor sebagai satu pusat minyak dan gas serta petrokimia yang unggul di Asia serta dunia.

“Projek RAPID ini adalah sebahagian daripada Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) yang kerajaan kenal pasti sebagai projek berimpak tinggi dan mampu membawa perubahan besar kepada taraf sosio ekonomi rakyat.

“Ia mampu menghasilkan kapasiti pengeluaran sehingga 300,000 tong sehari penapisan minyak mentah untuk menghasilkan produk petroleum seperti petrol, bahan bakar jet dan diesel,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis Pelancaran projek RAPID, di Pengerang, di sini Ahad yang disempurnakan oleh Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Yang turut berangkat ke majlis itu ialah Tunku Mahkota Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim serta empat lagi putera baginda.

Najib berkata, projek RAPID yang lebih besar daripada kompleks sedia ada di Kerteh, Gebeng dan Melaka itu juga mampu menghasilkan produk petroleum seperti petrol, bahan bakar jet dan diesel.

“Projek itu juga mampu mengeluarkan 9.0 juta tan produk petroleum dan 4.5 juta tan petrokimia setahun yang boleh mengeluarkan pelbagai bahan kimia berkaitan dan ia nanti akan dilengkapi dengan kilang pengisian gas bagi menerima tangki Gas Asli Cecair (LNG),” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kompleks itu nanti akan terdiri daripada sebuah loji penapisan minyak dengan kapasiti 150,000 tong sehari serta sebuah loji perekah nafta dengan kapasiti 800,000 tan setahun.

Menurutnya, jika kedua-dua buah projek ini berjaya dilaksanakan, wilayah Johor Selatan berupaya memproses 450,000 tong sehari dan perekah nafta sebanyak 3.8 juta tan setahun.

Najib berkata, disebabkan projek RAPID ini dipercepatkan pelaksanaannya, pihaknya yakin projek Petronas akan berupaya mencapai matlamatnua dalam tempoh lima tahun dengan dijangka mula beroperasi akhir 2016.

Selain itu, Najib berkata pembangunan projek itu tetap mengambil kira kepentingan alam sekitar mengikut piawaian antarabangsa.

Beliau memberi jaminan Petronas sentiasa mengutamakan aspek penjagaan alam sekitar dalam setiap projeknya dan mengharap penduduk kawasan itu tidak perlu risau terhadap kesan negatif terhadap alam sekitar.

Penduduk juga akan diberikan pampasan sewajarnya dengan setakat ini sebanyak RM4.1 juta sudah dibayar kepada nelayan terjejas, selain menubuhkan jawatankuasa khas bagi mengendalikannya, katanya.

Pada majlis itu, Najib turut menyampaikanreplika cek RM1.24 juta kepada Ahli Parlimen Pengerang Datuk Seri Azalina Othman untuk membaik pulih 124 rumah nelayan menerusi Projek Khas Perumahan Nelayan.

Sebelum ini, sebanyak RM1.7 juta telah disalurkan menerusi projek khas itu dengan melibatkan 172 buah rumah.

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Johor Sultan launches Pengerang RAPID project

Posted on May 13, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak looking at the RAPID project’s replica at the launch in Pengerang. BERNAMA

KOTA TINGGI (May 13, 2012): The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, today launched a refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) project in Pengerang and advised detractors to change their mind lest the people there be denied development.

He expressed sadness that a small group of people was opposed to the Petronas project and was trying to instigate others to stage protests and make unreasonable demands.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Petronas president and CEO Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas were also present at the event.

Sultan Ibrahim said the selection of Pengerang as an oil and gas industry hub was a blessing for Johor because the state and its people would stand to benefit from the large investments pouring in.

The RAPID development would also open up jobs and businesses which would help raise the living standard of the people, he said.

The older people would be happy that their children and grandchildren would be able to secure employment in Pengerang itself and not have to find jobs elsewhere, he added.

The sultan said he had been informed that due compensation would be paid for the property acquired for the development of the project, and advised the people not to make unreasonable demands.

Sultan Ibrahim said the government and related parties should exercise fairness in resolving the problems associated with the people, adding that he would make regular trips to Pengerang to ensure that the project progressed as planned.

RAPID, which involves an investment of RM60 billion, will have the capacity to refine 300,000 barrels of imported crude oil and would offer 4,000 permanent jobs.

Abdul Ghani, in his speech, said the quantum of compensation for the affected people would be announced in October at the latest.

“The government realises that the matter of compensation is uppermost in the minds of the people. We hope that they will be patient and wait for the announcement,” he said.

Abdul Ghani gave the undertaking that the state government would ensure that the people derived the best benefit from the implementation of the project.

He said the affected people would be relocated in stages, with the first batch set to move in March next year from three villages, namely Sungai Kapal, Teluk Empang and Langkah Baik.

Abdul Ghani said he was convinced the project would be a catalyst for the development of various oil and gas support industries which would provide local companies the opportunity to interact with international oil and petrochemical companies expected to participate in the project.

This would help raise the level of skills, knowledge and capability of the local companies in the fields of engineering, procurement or technical installation, he said.

Shamsul, in his speech, said RAPID symbolised the determination of Petronas to develop its downstream transactions and consolidate further the company’s capacity to compete in the petroleum and petrochemical products market in the Asian region. – Bernama

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