Sabah's SOGIP well on way to becoming oil & gas processing hub

BRANDON JOHN


KOTA KINABALU: The Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP) here is rapidly becoming a mecca of job opportunities for Sabahans.

Petronas' SAMUR (Sabah Ammonia Urea) project – one of SOGIP’s earliest investors – has alone provided over 7,400 jobs since its inception in 2012, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said today.

"There were 7,000 jobs during Project SAMUR's construction phase and over 400 more during the operational phase.

"What's more, 75 per cent of the operations workforce were Sabahans,"said Tan, who is also the state Industrial Development Minister, during a question-and-answer session at the 14th state assembly sitting.

He was responding to a question by Datuk James Ratib (BN-Sugut), who had inquired about the state government's long-term plans for developing Sabah's oil and gas industry.

On the strategic front, Tan said SOGIP must be further developed so that it is equipped with adequate infrastructure; and centralised to become a hub for oil and gas processing, to cut down on logistical costs.

SOGIP, which was approved in early 2011, is a state government initiative aimed at revitalising the local oil and gas industry by attracting RM12 billion worth of investment, and creating 30,000 jobs – targets which it is well on its way to achieving.