Crown Prince visits BSP and Brunei LNG

Daniel Lim

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chairman of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd yesterday made a working visit to the respective headquarters and operating sites of BSP and Brunei LNG.

On arrival at the helipad near the BSP Head Office in Panaga, Seria, His Royal Highness was greeted by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, as a member of the Board of Directors of BSP and Brunei LNG; Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein; and Acting Managing Director of BSP Yap Kong Fah.

His Royal Highness was invited to the BSP Head Office, where he was greeted by Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Fiscal) Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, and Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, as members of the Board of Directors of BSP and Brunei LNG; and member of the Board of Directors at BSP Ivo Verstralen.

Also present to greet His Royal Highness were Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Penghulu of Mukim Liang Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid bin Haji Mumin; Permanent Secretary (Investment) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) Haji Khairuddin bin Haji Abdul Hamid; Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya; Permanent Secretary (Manpower) at the MEMI Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim; Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the MEMI Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan; Acting Belait District Officer Abdol Hazis bin Haji Ahad; and the BSP management.

The working visit began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and a Doa Selamat led by BSP Guidance Counsellor Haji Muhd Najmuddin bin Haji Mohd Said, after which His Royal Highness consented for a group photo with the Board of Directors.

His Royal Highness signed a commemorative parchment, followed by a photo session with BSP management on stage and a Junjung Ziarah from long-serving BSP staff employed at the company for more than 40 years.

After listening to briefings on the topics of exploration and growth, digitalisation and Bruneianisation and the people strategy at BSP, His Royal Highness was introduced to the company’s staff from different vocations.

His Royal Highness also received a Junjung Ziarah from the local staff at BSP.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chairman of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd yesterday made a working visit to the respective headquarters and operating sites of BSP and Brunei LNG. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chairman of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd in a group photo with BSP senior officials. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
His Royal Highness briefed about equipment used by BSP during a tour of an exhibition. PHOTO: INFOFOTO
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chairman of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd consents to take a photo with BSP staff at the BSP Headquarters. PHOTO: INFOFOTO
His Royal Highness is briefed on the site of Elite-12C Land Rig. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
His Royal Highness at a control room at Brunei LNG Plant. PHOTO: INFOFOTO
His Royal Highness greeted by Brunei LNG staff. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

Ever since the discovery of the Seria Field in 1929, Asia’s longest-producing field has fuelled most of Brunei’s development.

Through many technological innovations such as snake wells and smart fields that have become a standard in the industry, BSP has continued to produce safely, reliably and responsibly over the past 90 years, and will continue to do so for decades in support of Brunei Vision 2035.

BSP is actively increasing its portfolio through active exploration both onshore, shallow-water offshore and now in 2019, into the first deepwater project in Brunei.

With state-of-the-art seismic acquisition, BSP has been able to explore more opportunities and pursue growth. Its operations are supported by a diverse and highly qualified skill pool of around 4,000 direct employees, with the support of over 20,000 contract workers from various backgrounds.

In celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, BSP is committed to supporting the Bruneianisation Directive through developing the capabilities of Bruneian professionals so that they take on key positions and responsibilities in the company.

Through efforts in this area, BSP has made significant progress on Bruneianisation, increasing its local workforce from 75 per cent in 2009 to 87 per cent in 2019.

After being invited for refreshments with the board members, management and staff of BSP, His Royal Highness departed for an offsite visit to the Elite-12C Land Rig at E26, Seria.

Upon arrival at the drilling rig site, His Royal Highness was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry; and the Acting Managing Director of BSP.

His Royal Highness was presented with a briefing on the current update of the Seria Redevelopment Project by Darat Development Studies Lead Abdullah bin Haji Ibrahim, which was followed by a briefing on well-drilling operations and a demonstration on hands-free tools and equipment by Wells Delivery Manager Pengiran Mohamad Fadillah bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad.

With the site currently undertaking a pilot drilling phase of six wells under the Seria Redevelopment Project, the Elite-12C rig is manned by more than 50 staff on-site, of which 60 per cent are Bruneians.

The rig has also been commissioned to support the delivery of new production and exploration wells for the Darat asset, thus contributing towards BSP’s mission of continuing to fuel Brunei’s future.

Having received a Junjung Ziarah and joining the staff for a photo session at the rig site, His Royal Highness then made his way towards the Brunei LNG plant in the Lumut area.

His Royal Highness was greeted on arrival at the Brunei LNG Headquarters by Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Fiscal) Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, as a member of the Board of Directors at Brunei LNG; another member of the Board of Directors at Brunei LNG Masaki Fujiwara; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Brunei LNG Patrice Girard; and members of the Board of Directors at Brunei LNG.

On arrival at the Brunei LNG plant, His Royal Highness was invited to the Orchid Room, where Surah Al-Fatihah was recited by Acting President of the Badan Pekerja-Pekerja Islam at Brunei LNG Haji Mohammad bin Haji Salleh.

This was followed by a brief safety briefing presented by Muhammad Hassanal Adilah bin Haji Md Junaidi in Brunei LNG Marketing and Maritime Operations.

His Royal Highness also signed a commemorative parchment, which was followed by a short presentation by General Manager in Brunei LNG Marketing and Shipping Mohd Suwarso bin Mudjono on the company’s journey in ensuring a sustainable supply of gas and its role in developing the nation.

His Royal Highness encouraged the Brunei LNG management team to continue working hard in ensuring that the plant is operated efficiently to meet the needs of the customers in addition to emphasising the importance of local workforce in driving Brunei LNG’s growth.

The tour of the Brunei LNG plant continued with His Royal Highness visiting the Central Control Room where he was greeted by the Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the MEMI; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG; Senior General Manager at the Brunei LNG Plant Haji Jaafar bin Haji Bakar; and the production managers of Brunei LNG.

His Royal Highness was introduced to the shift personnel on duty, after which he was briefed by Haji Mohd Jaafar on the roles and responsibilities of the panel and the functions of the control room as the heart of the Brunei LNG Plant.

His Royal Highness then consented to take part in a group photo session which completed his tour of the Brunei LNG plant.

His Royal Highness then joined the mass Zohor prayer at the Brunei LNG Surau led by Corporate Service Officer Haji Mohd Sofian bin Haji Kipli.

After receiving a Junjung Ziarah from the congregants, His Royal Highness proceeded for a luncheon at the Brunei LNG Café.

His Royal Highness also received Junjung Ziarah from the Brunei LNG leadership team, management and staff, followed by a group photo session.

Later, His Royal Highness left for BSP’s Anduki Airfield, which concluded his working visit to BSP and Brunei LNG.

Brunei LNG, due to mark its 50th anniversary in December this year, will continue its efforts to support and realise the aspirations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in increasing job opportunities for locals through government initiatives.

As of 2019, 93 per cent of the workforce is Bruneian, compared to 88 per cent in 2009, in line with His Majesty’s Bruneianisation Directive.

The working visit by His Royal Highness clearly reflected his support for the realisation of the economic development and well-being of the people, in line with the aspirations of His Majesty for achieving the goals of Brunei Vision 2035.