SIPITANG: Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad on Saturday contributed a total of RM15,000 to a community rehabilitation centre and five places of worship here, as part of its core sustainability priorities of education, environment and community well-being.
Since being listed in 2010, the petrochemical arm of Malaysian national oil and gas company, PETRONAS, has continued to give back substantial amounts annually to organisations and communities nationwide.
Sazali Hamzah Petronas Vice President and PCG Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Datuk said, “At PCG, we always see the community as an integral part of our business.
“The locals of Sipitang are a part of our operations here via the Sabah Ammonia Urea (SAMUR) plant, we therefore strive in any possible ways to contribute to their wellbeing.
“We hope our contribution today can help the beneficiaries to carry out meaningful activities and create significant change”, he added in a statement.
The contribution was handed over during PCG’s Majlis Hari Raya held at Esplanad Sipitang, attended by more than 5,000 people.
Haji Iskandar Bakeri, PCG’s Head of Project Directorate, also highlighted the company’s efforts in engaging and empowering its stakeholders.
“Our initiatives such as the annual Hari Raya event today are organised with the aim of building strong relationships with our varied stakeholders namely government authorities, regulators, local leaders, media members and most importantly the Sipitang community,” he said.
Also present at the event were Haji Sapawi Haji Ahmad, Member of Parliament for Sipitang, Ahmad Bujang, State Assemblyman for Sindumin, Kamarlin Ombi, State Assemblyman for Lumadan, Haji M Zaini M Yunus, Chairman of Petronas Sabah and Labuan, as well as Mohd Kamis A Manap, Chief Executive Officer of Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd.
Located in Sipitang Oil & Gas Industrial Park, Sabah, the world-class SAMUR project, which was commissioned in May 2016 and has achieved Initial Acceptance last May 4, forms an integral part of PETRONAS’ overall downstream plans to increase the value of the oil and gas found offshore Sabah.
The US$1.9 billion project aims at strengthening PCG’s position as a key regional player in fertilisers, while supporting Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme’s focus on agriculture as one of the National Key Economic Areas.
The SAMUR complex, has reached full design capacity and has started contributing to PCG’s results in the second quarter of 2017 onwards. The plant is made up of an ammonia and urea plant and is equipped with integrated utility units, jetty and support facilities.
A world-scale green field project, SAMUR adds another 1.2 million metric tons of urea output per annum, bringing the group’s total urea production to about 2.6 million metric tons annually, potentially making PCG the second largest granular urea producer in the region.
The SAMUR project presents ample opportunity for Sabahans to contribute their skills and services towards the success of the project. Over 90% of SAMUR project operators, and 80% of maintenance staff are Sabahans.