| Danial Norjidi |
HENGYI Industries Sdn Bhd organised its second public engagement session yesterday, aiming to provide an overview and awareness on the Pulau Muara Besar Oil Refinery and Petrochemical Plant projects to the local communities in the vicinity of Serasa area.
The event, held at the Al-Fath Hall of the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) Headquarters, was attended by Legislative Council member and Acting Penghulu of Mukim Serasa Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman.
Also in attendance were officials from the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI); Damai Holdings Ltd; Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA); DARe (Darussalam Enterprise); village heads, committee members of village consultative council (MPK) and residents based in Mukim Serasa.
The engagement session saw a panel comprising representatives from Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd and its shareholder Damai Holdings Ltd alongside officers from the MEMI, SHENA and DARe touch on topics related to workplace safety, employee welfare and social impact on community.
The event began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by a safety briefing, before welcoming remarks were delivered by Corporate Communication Executive at Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd Pengiran Yura Masraniwaty binti Pengiran Yura Perkasa.
Health Safety and Environment Executive at Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd Haji Sofi Hasni bin Haji Sharbini then gave a presentation in which he shared updates on the existing and upcoming projects of the Oil Refinery and Petrochemical Plant at Pulau Muara Besar.
The session also highlighted Hengyi Industries’ localisation efforts, as well as the nation’s commitment to achieve 90 per cent local employment as laid out in the Bruneianisation Directive.
It was shared that during Phase 1, Hengyi Industries heavily invested in human capacity development and training, which will allow the company to achieve 50 per cent localisation from the start of its production, and help it increase local employment by at least five per cent every year. Currently, Hengyi Industries has a total of 409 local staff.
A brief presentation of Hengyi Industries’ commitment to environmental protection and preservation was also shown during the session.
In May 2019, the company conducted its first Reforestation Programme at Biodiversity Park, Berakas Forest Reserve.
The firm aims to continue the pledge by planting more trees over a total of 200 hectares in the future, as well as contributing to Brunei Darussalam’s commitments through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme (REDD+) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The engagement session also discussed topics in relation to the progress update of Hengyi Industries.
Presently, Hengyi Industries is at the pre-commissioning stage in which the company’s petrochemical plant is under 24/7 surveillance by both the senior management and technical team. Additionally, all processes are currently being closely monitored by government authorities, and emergency exercises are continuously being conducted from the pre-commissioning stage up to commissioning. Hengyi Industries’ operation stage is expected to begin by the end of 2019.
The session continued with a corporate video presentation and concluded with a question-and-answer session.