KOTA KINABALU (Sabah, Malaysia): Sabah’s largest domestic supplier and transporter of natural gas, Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC) has signed multiple Natural GasSalesAgreements (GSAs) and a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with major investors inthestate.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor said, with these signingsSECisnow playing an integral role in supporting the growth of industries and economicdevelopment in Sabah.
Hajiji was glad to note the State Government’s effort to play a lead role in the gas industrythrough its wholly-owned company, SEC is now bearing fruit following the signingof theagreement with Petronas in October last year, giving the SEC selected downstreamgaspipeline assets and supply of natural gas contracts.
SEC is expected to take over the natural gas pipeline from Petronas beginningApril 1this year.
“This augurs well for the state’s economic growth in line with the GRS-ledStateGovernment’s aspirations under its Sabah Maju Jaya initiatives,” he said after witnessingthe GSAs and HoA signing ceremony at Menara Kinabalu near here, monday.
The first GSA was a long-term Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) between SECwithSBH-Kibing Solar New Materials (M) Sdn. Bhd for their silica sand processing and solar panel manufacturing project.
SBH Kibing is investing RM2 billion in Sabah, which is expected to bring hugebenefitsto the State in terms of an increase in foreign direct investment, anout 1,800 employment opportunities for Sabahans, and other tangible economic spin-offs.
SEC also signed the GSA with SK Nexilis Malaysia Sdn. Bhd, a leading manufacturer of copper foil for batteries and flexible Copper Clad Laminate for the display parts industry.
The company’s investment of RM4.2 billion in building its first overseas copper foil manufacturing facility at the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) is part of Sabah’sefforts to promote non-power sector industries in the state and position the stateasahub for electric vehicle (EV) components.
The manufacturing facility at KKIP is expected to create some 500 job opportunities.
SEC has also signed a Gas Sales Heads of Agreement with Petronas Gas Berhad’ subsidiary, RGTLD, for the supply of natural gas.
Through this long-term gas supply agreement, SEC will undertake the roleof agassupplier to the recently-announced RM230 million plant project at Sipitang Oil andGasIndustrial Park (SOGIP) in Sipitang.
The plant, targeted to be completed in the first quarter of 2026, will play an integral roleas the sole energy supplier to the state’s first nearshore 2.0 million tonnes per annum(MTPA) floating liquefied natural gas facility.
This plant also serves as a potential heat source for future consumers in SOGIP.
On Jan 17, 2023, SEC also concluded the Natural Gas Sales Novation Agreement withPetronas, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, and existing Independent Power Producers(IPPs)with a total capacity of 880 MW.
The novation agreement marked the significance of the State-owned companyasthemajor natural gas supplier for the power sector.
Representatives from the IPPs, namely Kimanis Power Plant Sdn. Bhd, SPREnergy(M)Sdn. Bhd, Ranhill Powertron Sdn. Bhd, Ranhill Powertron II Sdn. Bhd, andSepangarBay Power Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
were present to receive the signed documents from SEC. Present were State Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Sr Safar Untong, StateAttorney-General, Datuk Nor Asiah Mohd Yusof, SEC Chairman Datuk Anwar Ayub SEC Chief Executive Officer, Adzmir Abdul Rahman.
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