Second Petronas office tower project
Published on: Friday, February 26, 2016

Kota Kinabalu: Petronas kicked off a project to build its second office tower next to its existing headquarters tower in Sembulan, here, Thursday.Its Senior Vice President (Upstream Malaysia), Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib, said construction of the project to erect an 11-storey modern tower will begin next month and is expected to be completed in August 2018.

He said the RM136.9 million second Petronas office tower will have the capacity to house over 500 employees, who are presently located in rented office spaces here.

"The project was part of our long-term planning whereby the decision was made two years ago so as to cater for future manpower growth, which is increasing now, as well as operational needs that is in line with the progress of Petronas' businesses in Sabah.

"The project was awarded to two local-based and Bumiputera companies, namely Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd and its local joint venture (JV) partner, KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd, following an open bidding process," he said.

Mohd Anuar said this at the launching of the project at the Petronas Sabah headquarters, here.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, officiated at the launching of the project.

He also witnessed the signing of the contract to build the project by the two JV companies, together with State Secretary Tan Sukarti Wakiman, Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, Mohd Anuar, Petronas Chairman for Sabah and Labuan Mohd Zaini Mohd Yunus and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd Sabah Operations Head of Reliability and Maintenance Aidy Ahmad Hijazi.

Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd Chairman Tan Sri Zakaria Abdul Hamid signed the contract, witnessed by its Executive Director Ooi Sen Eng, while KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd was represented by its Managing Director Datuk Ajit Galun, witnessed by its General Manager Bonipasius Bianis.

Mohd Anuar said the national oil company's presence in the State has grown in tandem with its commitment to develop the oil and gas industry in which it has invested over RM100 billion to develop various upstream and downstream activities in Sabah.

"As Petronas expands, we hope to continue providing local companies with the opportunities to participate in the construction and servicing of the Petronas' projects and operations.

"We also hope that this project will bring about a positive impact to the construction industry here as well as other related supporting industries," he said.

Meanwhile, Musa said the construction of another Petronas office tower will be a significant landmark especially in the State Capital.

At the same time, he said, it will reflect the confidence of Petronas in the potential and future of the oil and gas industry in Sabah.

Musa said the strategic position of Sabah has made the State an ideal location to provide services in exploration and production activities in the Asia Pacific region.

"The State Government recognises the vast potential offered by the industry that will help to drive economic and social development in the State.

"In fact, I am very pleased and delighted with the continuous efforts of Petronas in helping to develop human resources in Sabah through its various social responsibilities either through education sponsorship or development of skills among youths," he said in his speech delivered by Yahya.

Musa also commended the signing of the contract by the two local companies which was also in line with the State's aim to have more local companies take up opportunities offered by oil and gas companies.

He said such participation was imperative to enhance their capabilities by initially taking up local contracts and construction before venturing into technical projects that are more challenging.


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