THE Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, and the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, on December 18, 2014 visited Hengyi’s Refinery and Petrochemical Plant site at Pulau Muara Besar (PMB).
The PMB is a key multi-billion dollar development site initiated by the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) for one of the largest oil refinery and petrochemical projects in the region, Hengyi said in a press release yesterday.
“A partnership between Damai Holdings Limited and Hengyi, the project is worth more than USD4 billion and will support around 800 direct jobs.
“Majority of the local workforce working in Hengyi will be Bruneians trained through the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) who will be certified and possess relevant competencies required to perform jobs and roles in the industry.
“Hengyi has also sponsored Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students who have completed their second year programme at UBD to undertake the later part of their studies and industrial training at Zhejiang University in the Bachelor of Engineering programme in Chemical and Process. A ‘subtle’ amount of the expenditure associated with the development of this project will be spent with Brunei registered companies.
“The project site will occupy an area of approximately 260 hectares on PMB. Currently the main focus is dredging, backfilling and reclamation activities in and around the island in preparation for the construction phase.
“Once complete, the refinery is expected to produce eight million tons of by-products per year including aromatics, gasoline and diesel, providing enough fuel requirements to meet local demand,” the press release said.
Also present during the site visit was the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the BEDB, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
The entourage was briefed on the progress of the project and taken on a site tour of the island by Hengyi’s senior officials. Hengyi’s PMB project benefits from access to Brunei’s many investment incentives provided to foreign investors, including a preferential tax and a stable environment for foreign companies to plan and invest with confidence, the press release said.