Lo was joined by Rowina Ghazali, the company's Director of Government Relations for Malaysia and Jonathan Jolly, Senior Manager for Government Relations Sarawak.

During the courtesy call, Lo provided an update on Shell's exploration and production business in Sarawak and expressed his gratitude to Datuk Patinggi Adenan for the state government's continued support for the company's businesses.

Shell began upstream operations in Sarawak in 1910. Today working under production sharing contracts with PETRONAS, the company invests in infrastructure and people necessary to explore and produce petroleum offshore Sarawak and Sabah. The government partners with Shell through the Bintulu SMDS facility, the world's first commercial gas to liquids plant in Bintulu, and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd, the downstream arm of the multinational in Sarawak and Sabah.

Lo also took the opportunity to reinforce the multi-national's commitment to Sarawak in the upstream business.  In the past year, Shell has announced three discoveries in Shell operated blocks in addition to eight discoveries in non-operated blocks by its partners.

Shell continues to be the largest foreign investor in Sarawak and the majority of the upstream workforce is comprised of Sarawakians. Commenting on Shell’s contribution to the Sarawak’s development, Lo said "We aim to nurture and develop a trained and capable skilled workforce at various levels. Initiatives include supporting the development of the local supply chains and local capacity building programmes. Shell's investment in capacity is to ensure future generations can continue to contribute to Sarawak's progress and development," he said.

Local capacity building programmes include scholarships (73 out of 192 current Shell scholars are from Sarawak); an internationally accredited welders programme called ProjekLINK run in vocational colleges in Bintulu and Miri; and the Asia Pacific Wells Training Hub in Miri.  In May this year, Shell embarked on the conversion of the Piasau Camp into a nature reserve, a sustainable development initiative run in partnership with Sarawak's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Sarawak Forestry Corporation and PETRONAS. Shell has pledged RM5 million to the project.


Shell Malaysia Upstream Communications

Zulkifli Baba Noor, zulkifli.babanoor@shell.com

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