Terengganu’s skilled workforce meets the needs of oil and gas industry — MB
23 Mar 2022
Providing a highly skilled workforce is one of the advantages offered by the Terengganu government to enable its oil and gas industry to continue to be the location of choice for industry players, especially Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said training institutions run by the state government have been strengthened to offer a workforce that meets the needs of the oil and gas industry, especially among the locals.
Apart from that, he said the state government is also always strengthening its strategic cooperation with Petronas through the Terengganu Petroleum Council (TPC) platform in fulfilling the interests between the two parties.
“The platform implemented by the state government in utilising the petroleum industry, including the downstream sector for the benefit of the people and the state, through the TPC and the Terengganu state government joint working committee and Petronas, or Joint Working Committee (JWC),” he said at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) session at Wisma Darul Iman here today.
The menteri besar was answering a question from Saiful Azmi Suhaili (PAS-Kemasik) who wanted to know what platform and advantages were offered by the state government to enable the development of the oil and gas industry, whether in the upstream or downstream segment developed especially by Petronas, which will enable the Kertih Oil and Gas Industrial Area to be the main location of choice for industry players.
According to Ahmad Samsuri, the state government has also improved the Kertih Biopolymer Park industrial area near the Kertih Integrated Petrochemical Complex (KIPC) so that it can support the expansion of the oil and gas industry.
“The state government has improved the investment evaluation process specifically for the oil industry to be more friendly to the investment needs of this industry for the expansion of the upstream and downstream segments,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Samsuri said the state government also gives priority to the local community by setting the condition that 70 per cent of the workers in any enterprise in industrial areas in the state must be Terengganu citizens.
Developments in the Kertih area include a refinery (Petronas Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd), a petrochemical plant (Petronas Chemical Group), a power plant (Utilities Kertih, Petronas Gas Bhd) a depot (Petronas Dagangan Bhd) and oil and gas fields.